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Laura

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  • Roman Lives (Unabridged Selections)

  • By: Steve Hodson, Plutarch
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Farrell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not Unabridged Selections

  • By Amaranth Palace on 06-23-09

classic fail-safe; perhaps better on paper

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-11

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.

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