Roman Lives (Unabridged Selections)

Narrated by: Nicholas Farrell
Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
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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.

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Not Unabridged Selections

Buyer beware. I checked with my copy of Plutarch, and these are not unabridged selections. These are abridged with quite a bit missing. The quality of the narration is good, but I wouldn't have bought this if I knew it was abridged.

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Loved it

Narration and content are great. Only issue is that I wish that more Plutarch were available.

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selections, not unabridged version

Beware -- not unabridged as advertised. Because of this, greatly overpriced, even at the audible 30% discount for members.

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classic fail-safe; perhaps better on paper

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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The highlights of the Roman Empire.

For anyone wanting to learn the history of the Roman Empire. Broken into several sections, and those sections overlapping- this seems to be a collection of several different people.
If you enjoy learning history you'll enjoy this audio book.
#Cicero #Cesar #Anthony #Brutus

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A necessary read for an educated person

However the shortness was unexpected and I should’ve chosen other additions as this is only seven or eight hours long .
Plutarch’s work is closer to 80 hours. There is too much ambiguity in the advertisements

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  • Jo Ballard
  • 04-03-16

Plutarch brings the Romans to life

Plutarch's lively writing and depth of research make this an absorbing and informative work. Farrell's narration is clear and well-paced.

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