Firstly Bill Wallis is an amazing narrator. I felt as if Tiro was actually talking to me in person!
Secondly, I've always wanted a glimpse into..Show More » the political life of Rome...this book did just that! I was literally there!
Thirdly..I'm downloading the sequel as I write this ;)
This book got me started on my Ancient Rome kick! It made me so interested in ancient Rome, and the political environment during the era of Caesar, t..Show More »hat I have since read (or listened) to several other books on the topic. I think that this author does a better job than others of keeping charactor names from getting confusing and explaining the nuances of the Roman political machinery. Suprisingly, I found myself drawing paralells between that government and our own. This book really made me think about the attributes that define the master politician and how they have changed in modern times.
This book follows smoothly on from another of Robert Harris' books: Imperium, which is also an excellent work. A wonderful historical story from the p..Show More »oint of view of the dedicated slave/secretary of Cicero. Bill Willis is an amazing narrator, bringing extra life to an already enthralling story.
Having listened to Imperium, I hoped for a similar tone and pace and was not disappointed. The political intrigue was brilliantly described, and the p..Show More »erspective of Tiro nicely used to add a common man's commentary to the historical events portrayed. I've read Harris (The Ghost and Pompeii) and find nothing is lost in the audible version of his books. The narration is first rate. The only criticism is that the gaps between chapters seem to be a tad too long-- causing me to thing my battery had drained mid-story. I highly recommend this book.