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.
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What a great and epic story from history, expertly retold and brought to life by an outstanding actor.
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
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!
Living with Cicero
Tiro - the man is a hero himself !
All of it!
Yes! laughed out loud!...some of Cicero's scathing sarcasm to his enemies
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
So finally the question I was waiting for an answer to from book 1 has been answered.
Narrator seemed to differentiate the voices this time which I enjoyed. A different narrator for the final book in the trilogy so this may prove a challenge as after two books from this one, lead character voices are established in ones mind.
The story itself was well paced and underlined again the sheer nature of humanities innate sense of self preservation no matter what the cost to others, that is almost impossible to fight against.
Skullduggery, backstabbing, revenge taking, manipulation galore.
I can't single any one character out: Wallis is an amazing narrator with a huge range of tone and accent. I am gutted that he died before he was able to record the final book of the trilogy.
Yes, it's a great story — Cicero the 'new man' surrounded by political and military heavyweights jockeying for position. A lot of it seemed terrifyingly contemporary: crazily ambitious men who don't believe the law applies to them. One only has to look across the Atlantic...
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.
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.
"Interesting for History Lovers"
Interesting, serious, historical
More informative, less entertaining.
Pompeii the Great.
Cicero's self-flattering poem.
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