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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: December 1997 ISBN: 9780743542470
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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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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 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 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 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 Karla (Mossy Love Grotto) | 1/16/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 1/13/2014

    " I learned from this book that just because I like some books by an author doesn't mean I will like them all. What a bore this book was! The author shows a wealth of knowledge about life in Rome but it doesn't make a good book by any stretch.... Too much detail about the petty politics of the Roman Senate. No plot to grab the reader. BORING. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron | 1/6/2014

    " Well-developed fictional series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue | 1/6/2014

    " Only read the first 1/3 of it. Too many characters and they just going to war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Reeves | 1/4/2014

    " A fascinating romp through Roman history @65BC when Caesar is just maturing and serving his first terms as Consul "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy Kaylor | 12/28/2013

    " i loved the Thornbirds so I tried the Rome series but couldn't get into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 10/30/2013

    " This is a solid entry in the First man In Rome series. Once again, there is a bevy of charcaters introduced. Among the best are Servilia, Caesar, Brutus, Pompeia, Clodisu, and Cicero. This book is the most sensually stimulating of the series - so far! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 10/22/2013

    " Caesar had many women in his life. He used them to advance his polotics and revenge. This gives you a look at each of wives, mother, daughter and affairs. It also the history of the Roman empire during this time. It goes to about his age of 44. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron Anderson | 9/2/2013

    " I do enjoy these books. The names are tiresome, and sometimes the excessive politics can get to you, but still, very good overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 5/17/2013

    " I liked it but it was a confusing mix of dry history and Roman Era Romance novel that was a bit confusing. I found part a little slow going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian Billick | 5/5/2013

    " I'd only recommend it if you are a roman history buff. Some nice maps. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelly | 3/28/2013

    " The best historical fiction treatment of the turbulent times from the life of Sulla to the ascension of Octavius. One of the best historical fiction series ever, but be prepared to read all of the books once you start, because you won't be able to put them down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 12/17/2012

    " Caesar's rise to power, how he loved and left women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 5/17/2012

    " Not quite as good as Caesar, but really enjoyed it. And who knew Caesar was so naughty? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vickie | 5/14/2012

    " Another McCullough book that moved too slow and had too many characters. Though this is one of my favorite historical periods, I just don't enjoy this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Verena Wachnitz | 2/5/2012

    " Another great book of this amazing series... don't be misled by the title, this is not only about Caeasar's Women, it is merely a continuation of the Masters of Rome Series, following Caesar's rise to power. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jak2 | 2/13/2011

    " Master of Rome series; brilliant "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 1/19/2011

    " A very slow read. Had to force myself to finish the book. Interesting to learn about Ceasar's mother and daughter, but the detail about Roman rule really dragged... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marina | 1/17/2011

    " Really good. Very sad this is the end of the series; I want to know what happens next! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 1/10/2011

    " Not quite as riveting as the others, but still a good read. Caesar is dictator but is assassinated; Octavian comes to power
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 12/15/2010

    " Another great book in a great series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jak2 | 12/10/2010

    " Final on the series of ROme;
    WOW!!! what an end... Thank goodness she wrote about Anthony afterwards,
    I wanted to know so much more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faith | 9/9/2010

    " McCullough is a wonder! Historical detail is staggering. Puts you in the twilight of Republican Rome from the first page - the power people, the pulsing life of the city, the religion and much more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshuakaitlyn | 6/6/2010

    " The October Horse was a bit of a slog to be honest certainly once Caesar was gone and the center moved to Octavian. It became a case of he did that or they did that with little in the way of any dialogue. Still a good read though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 11/8/2009

    " I dread the looming depression I sense as I grow nearer the end of this awesome series. Will I ever enjoy books like this again? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 8/20/2009

    " Finally, Caeser sets things right, then they knock him off. Since, when I started the series, this was about all I knew about Caeser, I am delighted to say that Colleen writes it up oh so well. What a tangled web these guys weave - kinda reminds me of the current political situation... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 7/30/2009

    " enjoyed all the masters of Rome series "

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About the Author
Author Colleen McCullough

Colleen McCullough (1937–2015) enjoyed worldwide renown, and her novels are bestsellers in a multitude of languages. She is the internationally acclaimed author of The Thorn Birds, Tim, An Indecent Obsession, A Creed for the Third Millennium, The Ladies of Missalonghi, The First Man in Rome, The Grass Crown, Fortune’s Favorites, Caesar’s Women, and other novels.

About the Narrator

Michael York is a successful screen and stage actor. Among his screen credits are Romeo and Juliet, Cabaret, The Three Musketeers, Logan’s Run, and Austin Powers. Stage appearances include Britain’s National Theatre and Broadway. His television work has garnered Emmy nominations and his audio recordings Grammy nominations. He has been awarded Britain’s OBE, France’s Arts et Lettres, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.