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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,552 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colleen McCullough Narrator: Michael York Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Masters of Rome Series Release Date:
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It is 54 BC. Gaius Julius Caesar is sweeping through Gaul. While his victories in the name of Rome are epic, the conservative leaders of the Republic are not pleased—they are terrified. Where will the boundless ambition of Rome’s most brilliant soldier stop? He must be destroyed before he can overthrow the government and install himself as dictator.

When Cato and the Senate betray him, Caesar resolves to turn his genius against his ungrateful country. Backed by a loyal and skilled army, he marches on Rome. But before reaching his goal, he must contend with Pompey the Great, a formidable adversary who underestimates the renegade Caesar.

These are tumultuous times—for Caesar, who endures personal tragedies even as he wages war; for Pompey, who must wrestle with his fear that his greatness is at an end; for Cicero, whose luminous rhetoric is shattered by threat of violence; and for the citizens of Rome, whose destiny lies in Caesar’s hands.

The fifth novel in Colleen McCullough’s unforgettable Masters of Rome series, Caesar brings to life the passion and genius of an incomparable man.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As usual, McCullough applies her historical research judiciously and skillfully, integrating details that drive her story forward. She deftly handles a large cast of characters and brings welcome humanity to such historical icons as the conniving Brutus, indecisive Pompey and young, charismatic Mark Antony. McCulloughs legion of readers now dwarfs Caesar’s own considerable army. This novel will increase the ranks.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Michael York’s energetic and empathic narration…maintains the energy and spirit that take the listener through the machinations and plotting of all involved. The emotions are real and fresh…a masterful narrator make this engrossing to the end.”


  • “Rewarding but rugged terrain for the casual reader.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lynne Gentry | 2/7/2014

    " Queen of capturing Roman life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Reid | 1/27/2014

    " The fourth book of McCullough's First Man in Rome series takes place entirely within Rome and follows Caesar's ten years leading up to his consulship in 59 BC. It tracks the events of Caesar's tryst with Servilia, betrothing his daughter Julia to Brutus, the Catiline Conspiracy and the formation of the First Triumvirate. In particular, the depictions of Pompey and Crassus are exquisite, as is the rendering of why Caesar became such an autocrat and his constant head-butting with the boni. McCullough spends a lot more time on the women, as the amount of evidence for this period is greater by far than for any of the previous generations she covers in the books. I'm really looking forward to the 5th book as McCullough really is in a class of her own when it comes to historical fiction. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Christa | 1/16/2014

    " Horrible book. . . Historically inaccurate, poorly written (go back to The Thornbirds,to get an introduction to the stupidity of this book.) That it appeared in a "history" book club should compel someone to look at revamping the system. Easily the worst book I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karla (Mossy Love Grotto) | 1/16/2014

    " IMO, the series started to decline with this book, though it is still an excellent read. "

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