Of all the great figures of the Roman world, none was more fascinating or charismatic than Cicero. And Tiro, the inventor of shorthand and author of numerous books, including a celebrated biography of his master (which was lost in the Dark Ages), was always by his side.
Compellingly written in Tiro's voice, Imperium is the re-creation of his vanished masterpiece, recounting in vivid detail the story of Cicero's quest for glory, as he competed with some of the most powerful and intimidating figures of his or any other age: Pompey, Caesar, Crassus, and the many other powerful Romans who changed history.
Robert Harris, the master of innovative historical fiction, lures us into a violent, treacherous world of Roman politics at once exotically different from and yet startlingly similar to our own.
©2006 Robert Harris; (P)2006 Simon and Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
"Entertaining and enlightening." (Publishers Weekly)
Top 10- very nicely done
The fiction premise brought this very important man to life
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Cicero's many principled manipulations and of course, his speeches and logic
Can't wait to read Book 2 : Conspirata
Would have liked to see Richard Burton play his part
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From the behind the scenes political wrangling, to the public oration and courtroom drama, this is a winner on all levels. My interest was captured early and held throughout as Tiro, slave to Senator Marcus Cicero, details the hidden story behind his masters rise through the Roman political scene.
I was a bit concerned about having Simon Jones as narrator because I feared all I would hear was Arthur Dent, but he did a fantastic job with the narration and my mind never heard the voice of Arthur in the performance.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Imperium. Well worth the credit spent and the time listening to the story. I look forward to the next book
I don't know if I am cut out to listen to this type of book! I found it very interesting and was impressed with the amount of information and research it must have taken to have written it. I was however, confused about half the time and when I was mid-way through I actually started it over in order to get a few things straight. So many people have similar names and the sheer number of characters was a daunting task to keep track of. I finally just left it on and stayed partially confused... and I hate to admit that I googled a few things in order to clear up a few nagging questions. It was a very interesting and entertaining ancient Roman history (historical fiction, I guess) lesson!
I never could get into this story. I restarted time and again since I generally love historical novels, but the story just did not have anything I could connect to which is a killer point for me. This might be explained by the fact that it was so difficult to understand when the narrator went from one character to another. I listened until the end, hoping to get involved and was just relieved when it was over.
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one. ~George R.R. Martin
This book was a delightful treat; I could not turn it off, highly recommend to anyone.
This series strikes a good balance between historical research and story. The author creates a vivid picture of the places, people, clothing, food--without ever letting the story sag. The performer does a good job of creating the character of the narrator.
Simon Jones becomes Cicero, Tiro and all the characters in a seamless way. The story is compelling, poignant and historical.
Imperium is a good audio choice, as it's fast-paced, straight forward, and I felt no need to "turn back the pages" to review earlier content.
I was amazed at how many parallels there are between Roman Law and politics and our own. I loved the fact that what I thought would be dry (neither law nor politics are of great interest to me, nor is the Roman Empire, for that matter) ended up being one of the most riveting stories I've enjoyed this year. It's well written, it doesn't condescend to the audience, it's thoughtful, and I learned a lot.
Excellent voice modulation for the different characters.
It is one of my all time favorite listens. I often avoid dry history books, but this one is full of real people involved in a fascinating story.
This book and the narration brought ancient Rome to life for me. It was as if I got to know intimately, historical figures who were previously like cardboard images.
Jones's voice has that ring of truth that makes the fictional part of the story merge seamlessly with the factual part, creating an informative and engaging tale yet avoiding distortion. There is an appropriate arrogance in his delivery that makes the words sing.
Terrific historical novel
The time of Cicero through the eyes of his trusted slave. The seamy politics and dirty tricks almost make Washington appealing!
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