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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"Interesting for History Lovers"
Interesting, serious, historical
More informative, less entertaining.
Pompeii the Great.
Cicero's self-flattering poem.
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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
"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!
"In the footsteps of a hero..."
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
have really enjoyed this series looking forward to the next installment. very well narrated.. by
"Great book that improves as you persevere."
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.
Another great adventure with Cicero and Tiro, gripping throughout.
Bill Wallis is unsurpassable as the reader.
"Poor recording quality"
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.
Brilliant second volume can't wait to start final installment. The narration brought all the characters to life
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