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I Am Livia Audiobook

I Am Livia

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Publisher's Summary

Her life would be marked by scandal and suspicion, worship and adoration.…

At the tender age of 14, Livia Drusilla overhears her father and fellow aristocrats plotting the assassination of Julius Caesar. Proving herself an astute confidante, she becomes her father’s chief political asset - and reluctantly enters into an advantageous marriage to a prominent military officer. Her mother tells her, "It is possible for a woman to influence public affairs," reminding Livia that - while she possesses a keen sense for the machinations of the Roman senate - she must also remain patient and practical.

But patience and practicality disappear from Livia’s mind when she meets Caesar’s heir, Octavianus. At only 18, he displays both power and modesty. A young wife by that point, Livia finds herself drawn to the golden-haired boy. In time, his fortunes will rise as Livia’s family faces terrible danger. But her sharp intellect - and her heart - will lead Livia to make an unbelievable choice - one that will give her greater sway over Rome than she could have ever foreseen.

©2013 Phyllis T. Smith (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Insomniac Cat 26/07/2015
    Insomniac Cat 26/07/2015 Member Since 2018
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    "Read the book instead"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I hated the voice of the narrator. At times it sounded like a computer-generated voice. The accent annoyed me, too.


    What didn’t you like about Joyce Bean’s performance?

    Her reading was robotic and, at times, too fast. She 'over-acted' the dialogue.


    Any additional comments?

    I was about a third through the book when I was offered a free trial of Audible, so I chose the same book to listen to. I could barely listen to a page. It was awful. It was far more enjoyable without the distraction of such a coarse voice. All I can add is please, don't let this put you off the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Kindle Customer
    Hillsborough, NC, United States
    08/05/14
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    "If you loved I, CLAUDIUS. You'll love this book!"

    I'm a huge fan of I, Cladius and Claudius the God by Robert Graves. So, when I heard about this book, I was really excited.
    It is written in the same manner as Robert Graves' books. But, this time Livia gets her say.
    GREAT BOOK! I recommend it to all historical fiction fans.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia Hanlon
    Aurora, Colorado
    04/06/14
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    "Shallow, dull."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This might be good for a 13 year old girl who wants a romance with a little history thrown in to give it a plot and motives for the characters. The book covers only her life at about 15, and then pretty much ends after a few years of being Empress with Octavian. Insipid characterizations. No feeling of being in Rome.


    What was most disappointing about Phyllis T. Smith’s story?

    How shallow Livia and Octavian are. Like 16 year olds.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was all right, given the material.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from I Am Livia?

    So much with her first husband and her very early years with Octavius, with no development of her subsequent life where, indeed, lots of people died who interfered with her.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine
    west orange, NJ, United States
    03/05/14
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    "I wanted to like it"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, the two hours I spent with this book are lost forever.


    What didn’t you like about Joyce Bean’s performance?

    The narration is a performance, not a reading. Children's voices are squeaky, men's voices are gravelly, and the narrator's voice is flat. There's a weird pause before "he said" or "I replied" almost every time (probably so the reader can adjust her voice). There's a strange rhythmic pattern to the sentences: two are read on a rising tone, one on a falling tone, and one is flat. Rinse and repeat.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Depending on the casting, yes I would.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to like this, I really did. But after two hours, I knew It was a waste of time.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    23/04/16
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    "Wonderful book . . ."

    Wonderfully written. Beautifully narrated. I spent a couple of hours studying the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, which greatly added to my understanding and enjoyment of I Am Livia., for her story plays a central role during this important transitional period of Rome's history. But don't get me wrong. Although it greatly enhanced this void is my historical knowledge, that isn't why I chose to read it. I chose it for the book's promise of being a fascinating read about real lives sometimes caught up in what seemed unresolvable human dilemmas. And the author and narrator could not have done a better job in keeping this promise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. J
    20/09/15
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    "Why couldn't I have learned like this in school?"

    I loved every moment of this audiobook. Because of this book, at 40 years old I have gained an intense and renewed thirst for Historical knowledge. Phillis Smith uniquely empathizes with Livia Drusilla's character gives candid yet historically accurate accounts of some of the most important events to shape the world. This book left me wanting more. More knowledge of who history and even prehistory.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monica H
    Loveland, CO. United States
    28/12/17
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    "I am Livia review"
    Would you listen to I Am Livia again? Why?

    Yes, found the story line intriguing, this story of Julius Ceaser Octavius, the love of his life, Livia, their trials and tribulations, their struggle with Marc Anthony and his relationship with Cleopatra, while Marc Anthony was supposed to be married to Octavius sister. He was young when his adopted father Julius Ceaser was murdered by Brutus, and he, along with his lovely wife Livia, made it work, I found it interesting about the gender gaps and freedoms of the era that were allowed or not allowed and the God's of their belief, I had forgotten that about this era.


    What other book might you compare I Am Livia to and why?

    None that I am aware of


    Which character – as performed by Joyce Bean – was your favorite?

    Livia , of course


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ajil
    25/10/17
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    "Excellent and addictive!"

    The whole story was interesting and mind grabbing. The ending was too quick and did not match the pace of the story itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julianne Bradford
    California
    06/10/17
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    "A tale of the woman behind Octavius Caesar."

    I loved it. This is a great writer and a good narrator. The book holds your interest all the way through. Highly recommend it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Luis
    26/09/17
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    "Quite entertaining"

    It is not livia's mycrimes.txt. Fun thing.
    Now I want to read, watch or listen to I, Claudius again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enjoli Cheatham
    25/09/17
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    "Great Read"

    I just absolutely loves this story. What a powerful couple. I've listened to it twice already.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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