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Lustrum Audiobook

Lustrum

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Publisher's Summary

Rome, 63 BC. In a city on the brink of acquiring a vast empire, seven men are struggling for power. Cicero is consul, Caesar his ruthless young rival, Pompey the republic's greatest general, Crassus its richest man, Cato a political fanatic, Catilina a psychopath, Clodius an ambitious playboy.

The stories of these real historical figures - their alliances and betrayals, their cruelties and seductions, their brilliance and their crimes - are all interleaved to form this epic novel. Its narrator is Tiro, a slave who serves as confidential secretary to the wily, humane, complex Cicero. He knows all his master's secrets - a dangerous position to be in.

From the discovery of a child's mutilated body, through judicial execution and a scandalous trial, to the brutal unleashing of the Roman mob, Lustrum is a study in the timeless enticements and horrors of power.

©2009 Robert Harris (P)2014 AudioGo Ltd. Published by Random House Audiobooks

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    D. Landau Toronto, Canada 12-17-15
    D. Landau Toronto, Canada 12-17-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting for History Lovers"
    If you could sum up Lustrum in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, serious, historical


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert Harris before, how does this one compare?

    More informative, less entertaining.


    Which character – as performed by Bill Wallis – was your favorite?

    Pompeii the Great.


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

    Cicero's self-flattering poem.


    Any additional comments?

    How do I 'submit' this? Oh, now Preview is available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Nicholas Bennett
    Caernarfon, Gwynedd United Kingdom
    6/8/16
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    "Awesome"

    What a great and epic story from history, expertly retold and brought to life by an outstanding actor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hugo
    5/9/16
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    "Best reader"

    The actor who tells this story is an accomplished storyteller. His accents are consistently charming and artful and his tone reflects perfectly the plot's blend of history and intrigue. Not to be rated highly enough. Cannot wait to get started on the third part

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Val
    4/17/16
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    "Wonderful narrator - great story"

    It is such a treat to find a book like this - read so well - hours of pleasure. Aren't we lucky to be able to access this? A modern serendipity!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/17/16
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    "In the footsteps of a hero..."
    If you could sum up Lustrum in three words, what would they be?

    Living with Cicero


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tiro - the man is a hero himself !


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    All of it!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes! laughed out loud!...some of Cicero's scathing sarcasm to his enemies


    Any additional comments?

    It is so well written but even so well narrated ! Bravo!! the different characters come alive and it feels like you are actually there, witnessing it all, feeling all the emotion and skulduggery and being part of the plot !! an excellent narration

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pen Name
    6/5/17
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    "excellent"

    gripping from start to finish. second book in historical fictional series, that could apply to today's world leaders!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • eatough1999
    Northumberland, UK
    2/3/17
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    "Loved it"

    So finally the question I was waiting for an answer to from book 1 has been answered.
    Narrator seemed to differentiate the voices this time which I enjoyed. A different narrator for the final book in the trilogy so this may prove a challenge as after two books from this one, lead character voices are established in ones mind.
    The story itself was well paced and underlined again the sheer nature of humanities innate sense of self preservation no matter what the cost to others, that is almost impossible to fight against.
    Skullduggery, backstabbing, revenge taking, manipulation galore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Artemis
    2/1/17
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    "Wonderful narration by Bill Wallis"
    Which character – as performed by Bill Wallis – was your favourite?

    I can't single any one character out: Wallis is an amazing narrator with a huge range of tone and accent. I am gutted that he died before he was able to record the final book of the trilogy.


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

    Yes, it's a great story — Cicero the 'new man' surrounded by political and military heavyweights jockeying for position. A lot of it seemed terrifyingly contemporary: crazily ambitious men who don't believe the law applies to them. One only has to look across the Atlantic...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • G. E. Kingsbury
    UK
    12/21/16
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    "great story"

    have really enjoyed this series looking forward to the next installment. very well narrated.. by

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Ewen
    12/13/16
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    "Great book that improves as you persevere."

    Overall this is an exceptional book. It requires some perseverance though as the second quarter is at times dry to the point of drought. Back stabbing, deception, plots within plots within Machiavellian plots make this in the end a great listen which follows the darker path set by the middle chapter of some of the greatest literary trilogies. Brilliantly read, brilliant book. I would highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    11/28/16
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    "Loved it"

    Another great adventure with Cicero and Tiro, gripping throughout.

    Bill Wallis is unsurpassable as the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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