Though he was Greek, Plutarch wrote his Lives in the first century, a world dominated by the Roman Empire. Here he considers some of the major figures who had left their stamp on the history of Rome, including generals, rulers, philosophers, and politicians. These unabridged selections focus on Coriolanus, Pompey, Caesar, Cicero, Brutus, and Mark Antony.
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Buyer beware. I checked with my copy of Plutarch, and these are not unabridged selections. These are abridged with quite a bit missing. The quality of the narration is good, but I wouldn't have bought this if I knew it was abridged.
Beware -- not unabridged as advertised. Because of this, greatly overpriced, even at the audible 30% discount for members.
Something about Plutarch's Lives renders it a better read on the page, in my opinion at any rate; but better to have listened than not to have read at all. I say this as someone who might think all books are better on the page, but would not normally hold this against the audio book; in this case, the experience is significantly different. Added to this, the recording is a little muffled and difficult to hear in the car. Besides those two things, I found this book well narrated, and an eternally defensible classic. Plutarch is a great teacher.
"Plutarch brings the Romans to life"
Plutarch's lively writing and depth of research make this an absorbing and informative work. Farrell's narration is clear and well-paced.
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