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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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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?

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  • Hugo
  • 05-09-16

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

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  • Nicholas Bennett
  • 06-08-16

Awesome

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

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  • Val
  • 04-17-16

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!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-17-16

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

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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

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  • Mad dad
  • 06-25-18

A crucial instalment in the trilogy

I must admit, I found the start of this book slow, and challenging. Such a lot of names and relationships to remember. I was on the verge of giving up, but persisted, as I had been gripped by “Imperium” as an exciting courtroom thriller; and had heard such good things about the next instalment.
The second half of the book really gets going and then the story becomes another heart in the mouth epic of politics, power and corruption, and the challenges of sticking to one’s values when faced with insurmountable obstacles.
This story has many parallels of today, and is a warning to us all of how we fail to learn from history time and time again.
Persist to the end, if you falter. This book is worth it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-20-18

Brilliant, just brilliant.

This is a most memorable book. Both the story and the the narration are outstanding. Bill Wallis gives a superb performance, making a great book really come to life. Absolutely marvellous.

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  • 2602
  • 04-29-18

simply great

this builds so we'll on the first and just gets better and better.

only worried that the third wrong live up to it!

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  • E. J. Cole
  • 12-28-17

Interesting and captivating. Lovers of Roman history will find this both informative and full of intrigue.

Interesting and captivating. Beautifully read by Bill Wallis. Roman history brought to life by Robert Harris.

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  • Carlota
  • 11-10-17

Loved it, so interesting

Love Roman history and Cicero in particular.
It was a great story , could not put it down; Bill Wallis was wonderfully, beautiful voice . I could almost feel I was with all of them.
I highly recommend it to anyone who loves Roman history and a great story.

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  • Jessica
  • 09-13-17

Outstanding book with the perfect narrator

Robert Harris is a brilliant writer and I am loving his Cicero trilogy. Bill Wallis, the narrator, is also incredibly talented. He gives a distinct voice to each character, and there are so many. Tiro feels like a fixture in my day after all this time he has accompanied me on my commute - i will miss him and Cicero when I finish the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-18

And the present mirrors the past!

The story of Rome’s slide from a republic to dictatorship, through the distraction of a Senate concerned with procedural correctness becoming unaware of the rise of populist sentiment- mirrors the world of 2018. Political correctness and identity politics means nothing to a populace who can’t pay their bills and feel safe in their homes, and they’ll vote for those who will listen, not preach, to them.