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A Fantastic Biography of a Notorious Emperor

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Reviewed: 11-11-2019

This a fascinating biography of one of Rome’s most notorious Emperors. Well researched but also not too dry as many biographies/history books tend to be. It tells the story of the Emperor Gaius (Caligula) from birth to the aftermath after his death. It provides an interesting picture of Caligula while also disproving many myths surrounding him.

What other reviewers have pointed out is that this book also compared Caligula and Donald Trump, this is not the first time this has been done nor will it be the last. I personally think the comparison is an insult...to Caligula. Donald Trump is an idiot and megalomaniac but at least Caligula had the excuse of mental illness.

If this comparison bothers you then simply skip the last chapter. It is only discussed there. Otherwise I would encourage anyone who is interested in the Emperor or his family members to check out this book, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

A Fantastic Retelling

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Reviewed: 12-02-2018

This was an amazing retelling of the classic play. AJ Hartley and David Hewson make Hamlet fresh again and the use of characters like Yorick add another level to an already complex play. Which I absolutely loved. Richard Armitage did a fantastic job narrating this book. He is able to manipulate his voice in such a way that as a listener you can automatically tell which character is currently speaking. This is not a simple thing for an actor to do and I applaud Mr Armitage for his mastery and talent.

Superb!

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Reviewed: 14-11-2017

I am a big fan of the Greek myths and have read many variations of them from historians and archeologists to well known fiction writers, and I have to say that Stephen Fry has brought these myths to life in the most entertaining way possible. He breaths new life into them, much like Zeus himself. And, as anyone who has heard him narrate before knows, he is an excellent narrator. If you have never read the Greek myths before or have read them a hundred times over you will enjoy this reimagining of these classic tales.

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