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- The Novel of Imperial Rome
- By: Steven Saylor
- Narrated by: James Langton
- Length: 23 hrs and 37 mins
The Pinarii witness the machinations of Tiberius, the madness of Caligula, and the decadence of Nero. The deadly paranoia of Domitian gives way to the Golden Age of Trajan and Hadrian - but even the most enlightened emperors wield the power to destroy their subjects on a whim.Empire is filled with the dramatic, defining moments of the age, including the Great Fire of 64 A.D, Nero’s persecution of the Christians, and the astounding opening games of the Colosseum.
Epic listen, mostly really good
- By Steven A. McKay on 02-05-16
History made simple
What made the experience of listening to Empire the most enjoyable?
The combination of historical fact and fictional family story make this a really easy way to brush up on Roman history.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Empire?
The evocation of the fire at which Nero supposedly serenaded as the city burned. some interesting ideas about who and why the fire was started.
What aspect of James Langton’s performance might you have changed?
Found the female voices irritatingly coy and "twittery"
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I found the story easy to listen to while doing other things and also easy to pick up if left for a few days.Not a listen that you needs 100% concentration.
Any additional comments?
As long as you take some of the "facts" with a pinch of salt this is a really entertaining listen. Not for scholars of Roman history perhaps but for those of us who have long since forgotten everything except the debauchery of Caligula and the vanity of Nero,it is a great reminder.
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