Imperium

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 4,582 ratings

Imperium Publisher's Summary

When Tiro, the confidential secretary (and slave) of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events that will eventually propel his master into one of the most suspenseful courtroom dramas in history. The stranger is a Sicilian, a victim of the island's corrupt Roman governor, Verres. The senator is Marcus Cicero, an ambitious young lawyer and spellbinding orator, who at the age of 27 is determined to attain imperium, supreme power in the state.

Of all the great figures of the Roman world, none was more fascinating or charismatic than Cicero. And Tiro, the inventor of shorthand and author of numerous books, including a celebrated biography of his master (which was lost in the Dark Ages), was always by his side.

Compellingly written in Tiro's voice, Imperium is the re-creation of his vanished masterpiece, recounting in vivid detail the story of Cicero's quest for glory, as he competed with some of the most powerful and intimidating figures of his or any other age: Pompey, Caesar, Crassus, and the many other powerful Romans who changed history.

Robert Harris, the master of innovative historical fiction, lures us into a violent, treacherous world of Roman politics at once exotically different from and yet startlingly similar to our own.

©2006 Robert Harris (P)2006 Simon and Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
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  • Book 1

    • Imperium

    • A Novel of Ancient Rome
    • By: Robert Harris
    • Narrated by: Simon Jones
    • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,339
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,584

    When Tiro, the confidential secretary (and slave) of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events that will eventually propel his master into one of the most suspenseful courtroom dramas in history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fun Way to Learn About Republican Rome

    • By Wolfpacker on 02-04-08

    Regular price: $39.93

    • Imperium

    • By: Robert Harris
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68

    When Tiro, the confidential secretary of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events which will eventually propel his master into one of the most famous courtroom dramas in history. The stranger is a Sicilian, a victim of the island's corrupt Roman governor, Verres. The senator is Cicero, a brilliant young lawyer and spellbinding orator, determined to attain imperium - supreme power in the state.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Possibly the best i have heard on audible so far

    • By Kareem on 10-20-16

    Regular price: $25.58

  • Book 2

    • Conspirata

    • A Novel of Ancient Rome
    • By: Robert Harris
    • Narrated by: Simon Jones
    • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 828
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 824

    On the eve of Marcus Cicero's inauguration as consul of Rome, the grisly death of a boy sends ripples of fear through a city already wracked by civil unrest, crime, and debauchery of every kind. Felled by a hammer, his throat slit and his organs removed, the young slave appears to have been offered as a human sacrifice, forbidden as an abomination in the Roman Republic. For Cicero, the ill forebodings of this hideous murder only increase his frustrations and the dangers he already faces as Rome's leader.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable Read

    • By David on 04-29-10

    Regular price: $39.93

    • Lustrum

    • By: Robert Harris
    • Narrated by: Bill Wallis
    • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting for History Lovers

    • By D. Landau on 12-17-15

    Regular price: $25.58

  • Book 3

    • Dictator

    • A Novel
    • By: Robert Harris
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 761
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 690
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 686

    At the age of 48, Cicero - the greatest orator of his time - is in exile, separated from his wife and children, tormented by his sense of failure, his great power sacrificed on the altar of his principles. And yet, in the words of one of his most famous aphorisms, "While there is life, there is hope." By promising to support Caesar - his political enemy - he is granted return to Rome. There, he fights his way back to prominence....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Rerecord with Simon Jones

    • By Andre J. on 01-26-16

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Dictator

    • By: Robert Harris
    • Narrated by: David Rintoul
    • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70

    There was a time when Cicero held Caesar’s life in the palm of his hand. But now Caesar is the dominant figure, and Cicero’s life is in ruins. Exiled, separated from his wife and children, his possessions confiscated, his life constantly in danger, Cicero is tormented by the knowledge that he has sacrificed power for the sake of his principles. His comeback requires wit, skill and courage - and, for a brief and glorious period, the legendary orator is once more the supreme senator in Rome.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Want an insight into ancient Rome, enjoy this book

    • By Tim Pillar on 12-13-16

    Regular price: $29.84