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Publisher's Summary

The magnificent glory of Republican Rome is threatened when a struggle for power erupts among the men who shaped its hard-won peace. At its center are two extraordinary leaders: Gaius Marius, the general who saved Rome from Barbarian invasions, desperately trying to extend his reign for a prophesied and unprecedented seventh term as Consul; and Lucius Cornelius Sulla, once Marius' most trusted right-hand man, now a dangerous rival hungry for his own taste of political success.

As the two men battle for position, they are surrounded by a new generation of statesman, soldiers and lovers, from Senate intriguers and their ambitious wives to the child of destiny, Gaius Julius Caesar.

An absorbing tale of a Republic fighting for its survival in a world of treachery, barbarism and never-ending war, The Grass Crown is a remarkable entry in Colleen McCullough's brilliant and unprecedented series on the rise and fall of the world's greatest civilization.

©1991 Colleen Mccullough (P)1991 Simon & Schuster

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Warning Terrible Abridgement

I ordered this without realizing it was an abridgment. At least two thirds of the book must be missing. Audible you should be ashamed to even offer such a cheap hack job.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Don't bother with the Abridged version

Would you try another book from Colleen McCullough and/or F. Murray Abraham?

Yes, I've read the unabridged book and it was really, really good.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The abridged version was hard for me to follow even though I've read the book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

This was such a disappointing treatment of such a fine work. Please, please, please produce the unabridged versions of this series.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Just Plain BAD!!!!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No one.

Has Grass Crown turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of F. Murray Abraham’s performances?

anything not involving Latin names. Poor man hasn't a clue.

Any additional comments?

What a chop job! It is so abridged that it makes no sence, and the constant miss pronounced words and names made me CRAZY!!!!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Longer version please.

I hate that the 800+ page book was diminished to a few short hours. Davina Porters reading was better.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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great lost, her recent death... irreplaceable.

loved it immensely. A unique way to tell such complex story ( involving real personas that helped forge what we, as Europeans an westerners, are today, 2000 years later). Bravo for your books and life well lived. A modern eclectic genius.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good Continuation of First Man in Rome

What made the experience of listening to Grass Crown the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed First Man in Rome and the Grass Crown was a good continuation. McCullough does a great job developing the characters, presenting a historical theatre, and creating plausible political and verbal instances.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I can never decide between Sulla or Marius. I respect Sulla because he did a lot of the "dirty work" in the first book and continues in this one. His downside though is the chip on his shoulder and chaotic personal life. Marius on the other hand represents the true man, good in deed, intelligent and strong. However, his demise comes from an upwelling of pride, which to any with a sense of humility, is distasteful.

Which character – as performed by F. Murray Abraham – was your favorite?

Hell they were all good!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I wasn't "moved" per se. The entire book was good.

Any additional comments?

I wish McCullough's Rome series was NOT abridged.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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a wonderful audio adaptation

This series is amazing. A treasure trove of fact and fiction perfectly intertwined and performed.

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Abridged!

Great book, only drawback is it is missing some wonderful detail. Please someone record unabridged!

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Abridged Again

What did you love best about Grass Crown?

Great story and historical characters brought to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Grass Crown?

I have now listened through the book "Caesar" and so honestly can't remember a specific scene. I can say, however, that the memory of the relationship between Gaius Marius and Sulla will long stay with me.

Would you listen to another book narrated by F. Murray Abraham?

Perhaps it was the change in reader that I found distracting as I had come to feel I "knew" the voices of the central characters. Abraham is a good reader, no doubt but I never adjusted to him in this book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

I detest the abridgements.

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I don't like abridged books

This is probably a great book and is read well. When I bought it I didn't realize it was abridged. The plot is hard to follow and you miss out on all the extra pieces that build the characters. Too bad.