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.
I've always been interested in ancient Rome, and thought I had an understanding of its politics and history. But I was amazed at how little I knew of..Show More » the persons and events that led up to the fall of the Republic and its transformation into the Empire.
But my experience with this superb novel was not just a history lesson- far from it. Harris takes you through these epic events in a very personal way. Tiro, Cicero's secretary, narrates and I developed a fondness both for him, Cicero, and their allies.
The main plot arts through one of the most pivotal and intriguing periods in history, yet the sub-plots and characters keep the novel intimate and personal.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and am now downloading the first novel in the series (perhaps I should have started there). I'd recommend it to anyone with an interest in history, Rome, politics, or simply rich character stories full of courage, betrayal, friendship, and drama.