I chose this audiobook after having read the same author's historical novel Pompeii. Both books are fascinating re-tellings of events in the Roman Em..Show More »pire. While Pompeii carries the reader along with both political intrigue and the drama of natural disaster, Imperium is a historical novel primarily about politics in ancient Rome. Never having studied Latin or the literature from that period, I enjoyed learning about famous leaders and personalities from the period. Occasionally, I found the story to be just bit confusing for someone not already well-versed in the history. Spending 10 minutes on the internet reading a summary of the history from this period alleviated my ignorance and made the novel all the more enjoyable. While reading this book, I could not help but be reminded of frequent abuse of power by some leaders in the contemporary world. Quite higly recommended.
Just goes to show you; human nature remains intact over the centuries. Author Harris animates the politics and human foibles of ancient Roman civi..Show More »lization, while bringing to believable life the greatness of Cicero. As noted by another reviewer, narrator Bill Wallis's pronunciation of uncommon terms is perfect. As always, his narration lends elegance to the printed word.
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.
Long awaited end of spectacular trilogy. A good ending, would have been better with Simon Jones reading. David did a noble job trying to stay true to ..Show More »the delivery of the previous narrator in voice and style. I applaud him for that. For those who would want to give him harsh critique, do not. He narrated An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris and was marvelous. The story was littered with its many twists and turns. For anyone who listened to the trilogy, I felt like finishing a course in suspecting the unexpected, lesson of patience and executing at opportunities' door. Paraphrasing, whenever your faced problem and can't see the outcome. Start a fight and an answer will be presented. I'm going to start a fight.. Support this comment if you want a 2nd recording with Simon Jones as narrator.
There are many audio books recorded for the same works.. Why not this one..