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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.

©2009 Robert Harris (P)2014 AudioGo Ltd. Published by Random House Audiobooks

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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

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Awesome

What a great and epic story from history, expertly retold and brought to life by an outstanding actor.

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Wonderful narrator - great story

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!

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In the footsteps of a hero...

If you could sum up Lustrum in three words, what would they be?

Living with Cicero

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tiro - the man is a hero himself !

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All of it!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes! laughed out loud!...some of Cicero's scathing sarcasm to his enemies

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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

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Excellent Bill Wallis

again, as in the first of the trilogy, Wallis's performance is excellent. I am about to start the third and will miss the characterisation of the many characters in Cicero's world.

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Brilliant readable history

Harris is almost always very good and this, the 2nd part of the Cicero trilogy, is terrific.

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Brilliant

Robert Harris best work by far. And read beautifully by Bill Wallis. Sad he died before reading the third of the trilogy

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Best reading I've heard

Robert Harris is brilliant as always, but it was the narration that sets this appart.

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Wonderful Narration from Bill Wallis!

So here we are at part two of this trilogy in part one Imperium, the rise of Cicero to the consulship of the Roman republi is told through the eyes of Cicero's slave Tiro. In part two Lustrum Tiro continues as the narrator and now we follow Cicero's political journey during a turbulent and violent period of Roman history. And allowing for some story enhancement by the author it is in fact Cicero's own words that are the most poignant. "How much longer, Catilina, will you try our patience? How much longer must we put up with your madness? Is there no end to your arrogance?" Of course this maybe two thousand years ago but the machinations of the politics intrinsically remains the same then as now.

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Brings ancient Rome to life

Alternating between Kindle and Audible versions, Bill Wallis’ narration is distinctive and memorable and makes the story come alive. The story, grounded in history, is fascinating and surprisingly contemporary. Highly recommended.

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Interesting for History Lovers

If you could sum up Lustrum in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, serious, historical

If you’ve listened to books by Robert Harris before, how does this one compare?

More informative, less entertaining.

Which character – as performed by Bill Wallis – was your favorite?

Pompeii the Great.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Cicero's self-flattering poem.

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