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The creator of the massively popular, award-winning podcast series The History of Rome brings to life the story of the tumultuous years that set the stage for the fall of the Roman Republic.

The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. After its founding in 509 BCE, the Romans refused to allow a single leader to seize control of the state and grab absolute power. The Roman commitment to cooperative government and peaceful transfers of power was unmatched in the history of the ancient world.

But by the year 133 BCE, the republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled. Almost as soon as they had conquered the Mediterranean, Rome became engulfed in violent political conflicts and civil wars that would destroy the Republic less than a century later.

Chronicling the years 133-80 BCE, The Storm Before the Storm is a rollicking deep dive into the bloody battles, political machinations, and human drama that defined a dangerous new political environment - a stark warning for modern listeners about what happens to a civilization driven by increasing economic inequality, political polarization, and ruthless ambition.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Mike Duncan (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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A masterful and relevent book.

I powered through this book in only a few days and sessions. I am already a big fan of Mike Duncan's previous work on History of Rome and Revolutions. This seems like a natural and logical extension of his work. As he points out this is an understudied period of Roman History often only mentioned as a prelude to the stories of Caesar, Pompey, and Crasus. As Mr. Duncan points out in the intro to his book many peoplr including himself (myself included) see comparisons and similarities between Rome and the contemperary US. This book covers the events of the era I find most similar to our current political situation. Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it, and it is clear the Mike Duncan takes this to heart and was cognisent of it while writing this book.
Ever true to his witty and relatable style, his book is a must read for fans of Roman history and those concerned about current political and societal trajectoies.
It gets an absolute reccomendation from me.

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Perfect

Amazing performance and description by Mike. One of the best and most interesting history books there

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Interesting, albeit a bit dry

This is a very well-researched book, and if you’re already interested in Roman history, and have an active imagination, you’ll really enjoy the read. Unfortunately, while the story is dramatic, the writing is a bit dry. This is like a fantastic lecture from a great professor, but it’s still a lecture. Overall, I learned a ton, and I’d recommend this to any lover of history, but perhaps not someone new to nonfiction writing.

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Wonderful

If you’re a fan on Roman history, or just a fan of Mike Duncan and his podcasts- you will not be disappointed. Well written and read, The Storm Before the Storm is a thought provoking look at a fascinating time in history (some might say made even more relevant by current events). Despite a thorough listening to The History of Rome podcast, I learned a lot and was thrilled to get new backstories and vantage points on some of Rome’s major (and minor) players. My older kids loved it as well, highly recommended.

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Loved it!

Well paced and well told. Parts of all these characters live in today's counterparts. Give us more!

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Fantastic Work

As pop history goes, the fall of the Roman Republic is pretty well covered with all the focus going to the era of the First Triumvirate. For people who have done a deeper study the understanding of the long reaching impact of the conflict between Gaius Marius and Lucius Cornelius Sulla has been something of semi-secret handshake. It is an extremely under-covered section of Roman history and hopefully this book demonstrates a demand for more work in that era.

In The Storm Before The Storm Mike does an excellent job examining the gradual breakdown of Republican norms that eventually lead to the full on civil wars that lead to Sulla's dictatorship and draws a clear line to the second wave of wars a generation later that ended in Augustus sitting on the throne of his newly created Empire. The presentation is very similar to one of Mike's podcast, but overall just more polished and tighter narrative, source use, and arguments. He event throws in a few flourishes for the old History of Rome podcast listeners.

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The perfect audiobook

Mike’s podcasts are a joy, and this book is no letdown. A fascinating deep dive into the late very tumultuous death of the Roman Republic. I ended the book wishing it was twice as long, always a good sign.

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Great book and narration. Can we have a sequel?

great book and seamless narrative that keeps you hooked until you finish the book. The world of Marius and Sulla, Senna and the Ghracai keep you engaged for this pivotal period before the final fall of the republic.

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great narrative, masterfully read

Mike Duncan has been producing and reading historical work for a decade and it is always quality. This is a great look at a historical period that is important for our own time.

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Best addition to Roman History in a long time

This book made me do something I have never done before. Once I finished the book, I started listening to it again from the beginning. It truly is that good.

If you love Roman history you absolutely have to read this book.

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  • Magnus
  • 10-29-17

A fantastic story

Fantastic story on roman revolution written and read by one of my favorite podcasters.

The author has the last years had two podcasts, one on the "History of Rome" and "Revolutions" the man is a master in the art of telling history as an exiting story, where you'll learn a lot!

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  • borodude
  • 10-25-17

7 minutes to 11 hours...

Mike's come a long way since his first 7 minute podcasts, and it's been an informative, enjoyable journey with him as his confidence (and family grew).
People like this deserve to be supported and nurtured, which I have in my own little way via Mike's occasional fund drives.
Measured and informative, entertaining and enlightening, Mike has been hitting my history itch for around - 10 years? - now.

Here's to 10 more...

Well done Mike.

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  • AudioJoy
  • 12-07-17

wonderful

Mike Duncan is so easy to listen to abs so knowledgeable... I lived his history of Rome podcast and am so glad I bought this audiobook

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  • Martyn Burns
  • 12-06-17

stunning

this is like the movie to a series that you loved for years it didn't disappoint, I have the hard back too

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  • Marque
  • 12-05-17

Clearly told history of a poignant episode

I love Mike Duncan's work through his The History of Rome and Revolutions podcasts. I have always found the episodes that cover this period in THoR podcast quite confusing due to the narrative covering these events being interrupted by other events. I am impressed with the retelling of these early revolutions as a clear and self-contained narrative.

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  • Mr S Overy
  • 11-26-17

Excellent

A wonderful dictation of an excellent work, I have been a listener of the history of Rome podcasts as well as Mike Duncan’s latest work on the revolutions podcast and found him each time faithful to his subject.
His use of source material cannot be faulted, he is incredibly diligent in his research and it comes across in this work and in all his other prices.
Thank you Mike, your time on the best seller list is well deserved.

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  • Will P.
  • 11-17-17

Why change perfection?

If you have listen to History of Rome or Revolutions. You know the engaging style with which Mike writes and narrates. If you haven’t then you should check them out after this book!! It’s great, just listen. Trust me

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  • Christopher Mullan
  • 11-14-17

An in-depth expansion of history of Rome

takes a key period from he history of rome.podcast and goes into greater detail, giving characters more colour, and spending more time analysing the various events that occurred. well worth a listen

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-12-17

A neglected piece of Roman history

I have been a fan of Mr Duncan's podcasts from the very beginning - this did not disappoint

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  • mr ashley slocombe
  • 11-05-17

awesome, simply a great listen, a must buy

really enjoyed this book, and recommended everyone interested in Romania history to buy a listen to it.

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  • Julien
  • 10-28-17

History for everyone

Mike got me hooked on Podcasts with his wonderful History of Rome. This book continues his enjoyable and accessible sharing of the lessons history provides for us. It addresses a period of Rome that fascinates me as it underpins the causes that allow for Augustus and the Roman Empire in a detail I had been looking for but hadn't previously found. Thanks Mike for a great book.

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  • Jack Fleming
  • 12-15-17

if you loved the podcast you will love the audiobo

Bring all his usual flair to his spoken work this audiobook is a dream to any long term listeners of the history of Rome or revolutions Podcast.

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  • Adam
  • 11-22-17

History Rome - Enhanced Edition

I’ve been listening to Mike Duncan for about 8 years and he is still amazing. He brings his knowledge and brilliant story structure from his History of Rome and Revolutions podcasts to a full novel. This book covers my favourite period of Roman history, the late Republic, and gives a full account of what happened leading up to the civil war between Caesar and Pompey. I recommend this book to everybody.

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  • Elvis
  • 11-20-17

Loved it

I loved listening to the history of Rome podcast. This book covers my favourite period of Roman history and I thoroughly enjoyed Mike Duncan’s telling

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  • Michael
  • 11-14-17

Relive the History of Rome

A well written and fabulously presented audiobook. listening to the audiobook was like reuniting with an old friend as I loved Mike Duncan's epic podcast the History of Rome and equally loved revisiting the Roman Empire in The Storm Before the Storm audiobook.

I highly recommend anyone interested in Mike Duncans works or interested in the Roman Empire to listen to this wonderful audiobook.

Hopefully this is just the beginning of Mike Duncan publishing and narration as his podcast experience makes him easy to listen too and follow.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-17

Social and Political Turmoil brought to Life

From the life of Tiberius Gracchus to the dictatorship of Sulla, Mike Duncan brings the struggles of Rome's ancient republic to life in spectacular narration.

I would highly recommend even to those who are not fans of history. Many lessons can be learned from the mistakes of the republic and they are still relevant to this day.