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Lustrum

Narrated by: Bill Wallis
Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
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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?

How do I 'submit' this? Oh, now Preview is available.

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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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  • 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.

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  • Mad dad
  • 25-06-2018

A crucial instalment in the trilogy

I must admit, I found the start of this book slow, and challenging. Such a lot of names and relationships to remember. I was on the verge of giving up, but persisted, as I had been gripped by “Imperium” as an exciting courtroom thriller; and had heard such good things about the next instalment.
The second half of the book really gets going and then the story becomes another heart in the mouth epic of politics, power and corruption, and the challenges of sticking to one’s values when faced with insurmountable obstacles.
This story has many parallels of today, and is a warning to us all of how we fail to learn from history time and time again.
Persist to the end, if you falter. This book is worth it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-06-2018

Brilliant, just brilliant.

This is a most memorable book. Both the story and the the narration are outstanding. Bill Wallis gives a superb performance, making a great book really come to life. Absolutely marvellous.

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  • 2602
  • 29-04-2018

simply great

this builds so we'll on the first and just gets better and better.

only worried that the third wrong live up to it!