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History made simple

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-13

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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