While her father is in hiding after attempts on his life, 12-year-old Cleopatra records in her diary how she fears for her own safety and hopes to survive to become queen of Egypt some day.
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"Characters are well drawn, Cleopatra's relationships with others are realistically portrayed, and historical background is well integrated into the text. This is an enjoyable story." (School Library Journal)
My children and I have really enjoyed listening to this story! I liked how all of the other historical characters are woven into the story.
Even though this is a fictional diary of cleopatra, it sounds like it actually could be the real thing. The caracters and the historical value is well developed in the book. I really enjoyed it.
The Narrator is a perfect match for this book. The tonal quality of the reading was very pleasant, and the storytelling very engaging. I could see the the characters as described by a young Cleopatra who was growing into her eventual role as Queen of Egypt. The events she witnesses shape her, perhaps playing a role in how she will rule over the people of Egypt. The details regarding the supposed personalities of her family, retinue, and political rivals felt true and convincing.
I was not able to finish listening to this one. the narrator's voice was annoying and hard to understand. I doubt the real Cleopatra would have accomplished as much as she did if she had whined like this. She was also supposed to have had a musical voice--not like this narrator.
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