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First Man in Rome, Part 1 | [Colleen McCullough]

First Man in Rome, Part 1

The first book in the epic Masters of Rome series. Rome. 110BC. A city which is home to Gaius Marius, prosperous but lowborn, a proud and disciplined soldier emboldened by his shrewdness and self-made wealth. It is also home to Lucius Cornelius Sulla, a handsome young aristocrat corrupted by poverty, a shameless pleasure seeker. Two men of extraordinary vision, men of ruthless ambition, both blessed and cursed by the special favour of Fortune. Men fated to lay the foundations of the most awesome empire ever known, and to play out a mighty struggle for power and glory - for Marius and Sulla share a formidable ambition.
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The first book in the epic Masters of Rome series. Rome. 110BC. A city which is home to Gaius Marius, prosperous but lowborn, a proud and disciplined soldier emboldened by his shrewdness and self-made wealth. It is also home to Lucius Cornelius Sulla, a handsome young aristocrat corrupted by poverty, a shameless pleasure seeker. Two men of extraordinary vision, men of ruthless ambition, both blessed and cursed by the special favour of Fortune. Men fated to lay the foundations of the most awesome empire ever known, and to play out a mighty struggle for power and glory - for Marius and Sulla share a formidable ambition: to become First Man in Rome.

©1990 Colleen McCullough (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

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    Joshua Cameron-Maginness Auckland, New Zealand 11-28-12
    Joshua Cameron-Maginness Auckland, New Zealand 11-28-12
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    "Brilliant and enjoyable way to enjoy history"
    If you could sum up First Man in Rome, Part 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Colleen McCullough has written a brilliant series which really brings history to life and it's an amazing time in history - Western Civilisation down to today is shaped by the events told here. It's the story of the characters and events from the late days of the Roman Republic (through this and later books in the series), all the way to the days of Julius Caesar. While dialogue is created to fit the historical facts, Colleen has also drawn from known documents and incorporated these into the text. It's a masterful piece of work and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great story and/or loves history.


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    Eleanor Australia 03-17-14
    Eleanor Australia 03-17-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent - you'll be disappointed to have to stop"
    Would you listen to First Man in Rome, Part 1 again? Why?

    Having already read the books in this series once, and now listened to Part 1 of The First Man in Rome on audiobook, I have to say I'd happily go through it all again. The only disappointment is that the whole series - or indeed, even the whole first book - isn't yet available.

    A beautifully crafted story based largely on sound historical evidence, narrated at an excellent pace, with great attention to details such as character voices and a bit of a twinkle in the eye. Now to wait until the rest of the 8 part (I think) series is available on Audible...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • D. C. Hamilton-williams
    West Sussex United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Power, politics, treachery and sex!"

    To put it simply, I couldn't stop listening. A truly remarkable work of historical fiction based soundly in historical fact. As a fan of this type of literature, I heartily recommend this example.

    Not a single character appears but is fully rounded and fleshed out; the author happily delves back into a particular character's past then effortlessly brings you back to the current plot. The plots themselves are beautifully complex without being complicated. Her true masterstroke (amongst many) is in making each character human. The enemies of the books 'heroes' are not villains - simply differently minded. Even our protagonists are not above selfish or violent deeds. All is so well presented in the social and moral code of the time, without any modern comment, that you begin to forget you're reading a historical work.

    Having finished this listening to this audio book, and part two, this represents over 31 hours of pure listening pleasure. I can’t wait for the rest of the series to follow.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • matthew
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    5/28/13
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    "great book BUT!!!!!!!!"

    this was a great book would have enjoyed it immensely if not for the worst editing job of all time,the sound quality was poor, each paragraph was spliced together with a word missing and there is a 10 min section were there are two conflicting tracks playing at the same time dose know body listen to these thing before there put on sale APPALLING!!! and criminally unprofessional.

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  • G2gilly
    5/26/14
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    "Boring to the point of going to sleep"
    What disappointed you about First Man in Rome, Part 1?

    Everything


    What was most disappointing about Colleen McCullough’s story?

    Everything


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Stanley McGeagh?

    Nobody could have livened this book up


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from First Man in Rome, Part 1?

    All of it to high brow more like a disatation than a novel... Far to heavy going


    Any additional comments?

    No I think I have covered everything zzzzzZzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frances
    Shipham, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "A great Roman read"

    I love fictionalised Roman history and there isn't an enormous amount out there so I was delighted to find this book was so well written and so engaging.

    It stands alone as a great story even if you aren't particularly interested in the historical side of things. Great stuff. I shall be back for more from this author.

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