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
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.
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.
His voice and British accent fit perfectly to narrate about great orators and men with power.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Interesting for History Lovers"
Interesting, serious, historical
More informative, less entertaining.
Pompeii the Great.
Cicero's self-flattering poem.
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