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.
But politics is never static, and no statesman, however cunning, can safeguard against the ambition and corruption of others.
Riveting and tumultuous, Dictator encompasses some of the most epic events in human history yet is also an intimate portrait of a brilliant, flawed, frequently fearful yet ultimately brave man - a hero for his time and for ours.
©2015 Robert Harris (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks
Needless to say, Bill Wallis is sadly missed. He was fabulous as Tiro, and in so many other rôles! It took a wee while to adapt to David Rintoul, though I've enjoyed his reading very much in other books. I'd got the feeling of Tiro as an educated provincial, but here Rintoul sounds upper-crust and establishment. Still, we all needed to hear the end of Cicero's life, and even more come to a resolution to the life of Tiro, who lived so, so long, and survived "interesting" times.
Robert Harris has, however, kept me enthralled through 3 fat volumes on the life of Cicero, studied in Latin in my schooldays and written off as a pompous old bore. He was that, but more too. "Non modo, sed etiam."
A very polished performance. Caesar comes across very differently from Shakespeare's play - he comes across as cold, calculating and ruthless, not the great statesman murdered by jealous rivals.
I love listening to books as don't always have time to read them. Mainly into Spy novels or Funny fantasy novels like the Discworld series.
Been waiting for ages to listen to the final chapter of this series. Especially after the how the second book finished.
Kildonan by the sea
“I may have lost the past and lost the present, but I might yet win the future.”
Cicero and Tiro when in his last days discussing his letters and that is Cicero’s conclusion of how they will represent him and when Tiro asks what letters they should choose Cicero responds, all “I must stand naked like a greek statue”.
This has been a long journey that has seen this great man triumph and fall stand again, change, grive, and fight for his beliefs and ultimately suffer at the hands of treason, paying the ultimate price.
This for me was the most humane of this volumes, showing more facets to this man life than any of the other volumes, it bring his humanity, his frailty, and his love to the front, making him a greater person than a politician or a great orator. It shows him at his best, and perhaps at his worst as a politico manipulating and plotting at a tremendous cost of lives for what he thinks should be. We also see his tremendous love for his daughter drag him to despair and ultimately to the heights of creativity, he also demonstrates his true friendship to Tiro with many actions that show even a modicum of humility.
This is an amazing era with important protagonist and events that resonate through time, made more clear by this exceptional books that exposes us to the story of power that is part of our culture, showing us at every turn that we are still making the same mistakes and suffering the same destinies that power and politics conjure up with their black magic.
A book for lovers of history and fiction because the truth in this book has not been surpassed by any fiction.
Having not really engaged with Ancient Rome since my primary school days this trilogy brings to life what has to be one of the most tumultuous times in politics in the history of civilisation.
At times I have heard this trilogy receive criticism for its lack of thrills, spills and Dan (writes the same book over and over again) Brown style pace but it in its subtlety that you gain its rewards. Beautifully read, incredibly well written and has revived my faith in the joy of an audiobook.
I've now downloaded Mary Beard's SPQR such is my will to not let this fascinating period of time go.
Don't delay. Buy this trilogy of books. It's a joy!
This is a superb conclusion to Robert Harris's excellent trilogy about Cicero, brilliantly narrated by David Rintoul. This trilogy is so good I shall probably start listening to it again from the beginning very soon.
Can't fault this at all.
Utterly engrossing story wonderfully told.
A couple of audio books I've listened to recently have been narrated by someone determined to give accents or 'voices' to different characters - usually with unintentionally comic results. Here, the narrator skillfully indicates a change of speaker, or from prose to dialogue, by a subtle change of inflection. Almost entirely unobtrusive, this is as close as possible to reading the book yourself.
I was very sad to see Bill Wallace died before he could read this book, but after David got into his stride he filled those shoes brilliantly.
The book was fantastic and brought a tear to my eye more than once. 5 stars well deserved. Robert Harris I salute you.
"Want an insight into ancient Rome, enjoy this book"
A must read for readers interested in ancient Rome: Read all three books for maximum enjoyment.
"Excellent narration, great book"
Read the first book in the pair in hardback, but the wonderful voice acting in this sequel really brought it to life.
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