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Lustrum Audiobook

Lustrum

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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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    Nicholas Bennett Caernarfon, Gwynedd United Kingdom 08/06/2016
    Nicholas Bennett Caernarfon, Gwynedd United Kingdom 08/06/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome"

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

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    Hugo 09/05/2016
    Hugo 09/05/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "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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    Val 17/04/2016
    Val 17/04/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 17/03/2016
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    "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


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Ruben 16/01/2017
    Ruben 16/01/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "The perfect audiobook"
    Would you listen to Lustrum again? Why?

    No, but not because it is not good, it is just not the type of book to read twice...it is not full of beautiful sentences, but it is a relatively straightforward (but clever and hugely interesting) story, something I simply enjoyed a lot, without it being so profound as to want to read it again.


    What other book might you compare Lustrum to, and why?

    I would certainly start by reading Imperium, the first part in this chronological series (also a five-star listen btw). No I can't wait to start with the third and final part of the Cicero trilogy.


    What does Bill Wallis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His voice and British accent fit perfectly to narrate about great orators and men with power.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It is not a moving book and not meant to be. It is a very intriguing, clever and mostly interesting book for anyone who is interested in the Roman republic and politics in general.


    Any additional comments?

    I find books that are not too complex particularly well-suited as audiobooks, because it allows you to do something else at the same time (cooking, cycling) and not lose the thread of the story.

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    G. E. Kingsbury UK 21/12/2016
    G. E. Kingsbury UK 21/12/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "great story"

    have really enjoyed this series looking forward to the next installment. very well narrated.. by

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    Thomas Ewen 13/12/2016
    Thomas Ewen 13/12/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book that improves as you persevere."

    Overall this is an exceptional book. It requires some perseverance though as the second quarter is at times dry to the point of drought. Back stabbing, deception, plots within plots within Machiavellian plots make this in the end a great listen which follows the darker path set by the middle chapter of some of the greatest literary trilogies. Brilliantly read, brilliant book. I would highly recommend.

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    Amazon Customer 28/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it"

    Another great adventure with Cicero and Tiro, gripping throughout.

    Bill Wallis is unsurpassable as the reader.

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    Mike Donnelly 21/11/2016
    Mike Donnelly 21/11/2016
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    "Poor recording quality"

    I found the quality of the recording very distracting - the first word of every paragraph was missing. I contacted Audible.com via the chat line and was cut off after a few minutes without resolving the problem. Repeating the download several times didn't solve it either. I wouldn't recommend it, or Audible, on the basis of this purchase.

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    Philip 17/10/2016
    Philip 17/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Utterly Engrossing!!"

    Lustrum is a worthy follow to to Imperium, sporting excellent plotting and characterisation. The oratorical grapplings of Cicero, Crassus, Caeser, and Cato are a particular highlight for this reader - truly spellbinding! Bill Wallis' narration is flawless. He remains one of my favourite audiobook narrators.

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  • D. Landau
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    17/12/15
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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?

    How do I 'submit' this? Oh, now Preview is available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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