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Lustrum

Narrated by: Bill Wallis
Series: Imperium, Book 2
Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
5 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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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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And the present mirrors the past!

The story of Rome’s slide from a republic to dictatorship, through the distraction of a Senate concerned with procedural correctness becoming unaware of the rise of populist sentiment- mirrors the world of 2018. Political correctness and identity politics means nothing to a populace who can’t pay their bills and feel safe in their homes, and they’ll vote for those who will listen, not preach, to them.

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  • D. Landau
  • 17-12-2015

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.

Any additional comments?

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  • Hugo
  • 09-05-2016

Best reader

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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  • Nicholas Bennett
  • 08-06-2016

Awesome

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

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  • Val
  • 17-04-2016

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-03-2016

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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  • Duncerman
  • 03-07-2019

Like a fine wine. it just got better and better!

You have to hand it to the author and narrator. The performance is fantastic and the book's detail is staggering. Both at the top of their craft. It has a slow start but once it gets going you are drawn in to the characters political agonies. Theres not a whole lot of action but that's not what this book is about. Superb!

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  • Andy B
  • 30-06-2019

A long journey but well worth travelling every step of the way

A brilliant storyteller combined with an actor who really understands nuance and tone to create a gallery of unforgettable characters. Intelligent writing and reading combined. I normally prefer short form writing but I was compelled to read every one of this brilliant trilogy.

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  • George Stringer
  • 22-05-2019

Second part of great trilogy....

Loved the second part even more than the first, can’t wait to listen to the third.
Bill Wallis is an excellent narrator I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone.

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  • A P TWIBILL
  • 10-02-2019

If you think politics today is bad.....<br />

Excellent listening. I want to know what happened next. For anyone who thinks today's politicians are bad, they are pussy cats in comparison.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-01-2019

Even better than the first!

By far the best book I’ve listened to on Audible.
If you enjoyed the first then you will love the second!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-10-2018

third time on this book

Bill Wallace reads this so well it may as well be a radio play. Third time on this. stunning.