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  • Empire

  • The Golden Age, Book 2
  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Tim McInnerny
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Empire

By: Conn Iggulden
Narrated by: Tim McInnerny
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IN CONN IGGULDEN'S LATEST GOLDEN AGE EPIC, JOIN PERICLES, THE LION OF ATHENS, ON A JOURNEY TO SECURE THE FATE OF THE ATHENIAN EMPIRE

Pericles returns home more than a hero: he's the leader of Athens, the empire's beacon of light in the dark.

But even during times of peace, the threat of Sparta - Athens's legendary rival - looms large on the horizon. When a sudden catastrophe brings Sparta to its knees, Pericles sees a golden opportunity to forever shift the balance of power in his city's favour.

For sometimes, the only way to win lasting peace is to wage war.

Sparta may be weak, but their power is far from extinguished. Soon a ruthless young boy steps forward to lead the Spartans back to greatness.

As the drums of battle draw closer, can Pericles rise once more or will the world's greatest empire fall under his watch?

©2023 Conn Iggulden (P)2023 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

'A gripping read from the master historical storyteller. This swords-and-sandals epic brings the clash of empires between Greece and Persia to life' Daily Express

'Pacy and propulsive, cracking with energy, violence and stirring speeches, Iggulden chronicles power struggles, political machinations and the bloodthirsty ravages of up-close combat' Daily Mail

'[Tim McInnerny] brings to life the action sequences with consummate skill, ensuring that the pace quickens to draw you in, without losing any clarity. These are the most memorable moments in the book, and the sections listeners will remember after finishing the final chapter.' Entertainment Focus

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“Based on a true story”

I am a Greek and Roman history buff and it used to bug me when historical novels didn’t match up with “the history “. But Conns stories have relaxed my indignation 😉.
Good yarns that foster a love of history in people that would otherwise not be interested is a good thing.

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great book, will not disappoint you .

The voices for the Spartan men seemed to be a bit soft for hard core soldiers.my overall score 9/10 for me .

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Competent allround, though not Iggulden’s best

I enjoyed this one, it covers some very interesting Greek history. The plot felt a little indistinct compared to some of Conn’s better books though. There are a lot of character deaths throughout that rarely feel like the end of an intended arc, but rather get dropped in abruptly for historical accuracy.

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