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Publisher's Summary

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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great book

excellent book set during such a turbulent time, rich background and well known characters. very enjoyable.

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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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  • Fussbudget
  • 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.

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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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  • C J Goslin
  • 28-11-2020

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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  • 06-10-2020

Brilliant readable history

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

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  • colin mckenzie
  • 05-05-2020

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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  • Miss Kate Grenyer
  • 28-03-2020

Best reading I've heard

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

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  • Steve H.
  • 02-09-2021

perfect

brilliant story which I have read but loved listening over 😀 👏 👌 👍

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  • L. Black
  • 18-08-2021

Great story, fairly well told, brilliantly read.

Terrific performance; probably the best of the audibles I've tried. Sadly Bill Wallis died (I believe) before the last book in the trilogy. And it really shows in the final book.

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