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Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Augustus: The Life of Romes First Emperor (Unabridged), by Anthony Everitt
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,745 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anthony Everitt Narrator: John Curless Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Historian Anthony Everitt earned widespread critical acclaim for his best-selling biography of Cicero. Now, with Augustus, he delivers his second spellbinding account of a Roman icon whose legacy has echoed through the ages.

Caesar Augustus has been called history's greatest emperor. It was said he found Rome made of clay and left it made of marble. With a senator for a father and Julius Caesar for a great-uncle, he ascended the ranks of Roman society with breathtaking speed. His courage in battle is still questioned, yet his political savvy was second to none. He had a lifelong rival in Mark Antony and a 51-year companion in his wife, Livia. And his influence extended perhaps further than that of any ruler who has ever lived.

Drawing on the available information, while making a handful of his own groundbreaking assertions, Everitt brings the real Augustus to vivid life in this fascinating narrative.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Sjo | 2/13/2014

    " Anthony Everitt is a terrific biographer--this is a very balanced, real portrayal of Augustus, and the history of the period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Jennifer | 2/9/2014

    " I was in the mood for some history, and this was the perfect read. It took me awhile to finish it, but it was good. Augustus was an interesting person. Ever since watching the HBO TV series, "Rome" and visiting the IMA Roman Exhibit from The Louvre, I have wanted to read this. (My boyfriend read it first and loved it!) Augustus was incredibly powerful, yet MEAN. He definitely had his moments of rage. Interesting tidbit was that Livia may have poisoned him at his death. Very good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Seanna | 2/7/2014

    " Well written and engaging. Does a great job of telling the story of such an amazing life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by C.E. | 2/1/2014

    " Readable but dull. No new info or insight, doesn't even try to reconcile aspects of Augustus' character with his actions. "

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About the Author
Author Anthony Everitt

Anthony Everitt, visiting professor in the visual and performing arts at Nottingham Trent University, has written extensively on European culture and is the author of Cicero and Augustus. He has served as secretary general of the Arts Council of Great Britain. He lives near Colchester, England’s first recorded town, founded by the Romans.

About the Narrator

John Curless is a theater, film, and television actor. He has appeared on Broadway in Journeys End, The Sound of Music, and The King and I and off-Broadway in Passion Play, Comic Potential, and The Entertainer. His film and television credits include Vibrations, Ed, and NYPD Blue. His audiobook narrations have been awarded two AudioFile Earphones Awards.