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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (10,363 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michelle Moran Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN:
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The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony's vengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; only two---the 10-year-old twins Selene and Alexander---survive the journey.

Delivered to the household of Octavian's sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian's family and court, by the ever-present threat of slave rebellion, and by the longings and desires deep within their own hearts.

The fateful tale of Selene and Alexander is brought brilliantly to life in Cleopatra's Daughter. Recounted in Selene's youthful and engaging voice, it introduces a compelling cast of historical characters: Octavia, the emperor Octavian's kind and compassionate sister, abandoned by Marc Antony for Cleopatra; Livia, Octavian's bitter and jealous wife; Marcellus, Octavian's handsome, flirtatious nephew and heir apparent; Tiberius, Livia's sardonic son and Marcellus's great rival for power; and Juba, Octavian's watchful aide, whose honored position at court has far-reaching effects on the lives of the young Egyptian royals.

Selene's narrative is animated by the concerns of a young girl in any time and place---the possibility of finding love, the pull of friendship and family, and the pursuit of her unique interests and talents. While coping with the loss of both her family and her ancestral kingdom, Selene must find a path around the dangers of a foreign land. Her accounts of life in Rome are filled with historical details that vividly capture both the glories and horrors of those times.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hank | 2/14/2014

    " If historically accurate, she was a very accomplished young girl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 StarvingScientist | 2/14/2014

    " Excellent story telling. I loved Madame Tussaud and wanted to read more historical fiction- Michelle Moran is excellent!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maiyako | 2/13/2014

    " Moran does a wonderful job of drawing the reader into her book with colorful descriptions and enjoyable and admirable characters. Granted after I completed the book I had the feeling that not much really happened but nonetheless it was an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 2/12/2014

    " I really enjoyed this. I can't say how accurate it was historically, but the story and characters were good. It was an interesting read. I couldn't decide if it fit better with a young adult or adult audience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 2/11/2014

    " So I would really give this 2.5 stars. It was really interesting to read about this time period but I didn't feel any real attachment to the characters and didn't feel like they were very well-developed. I also felt like the ending was really rushed and anti-climatic. Everything seemed to wrap up a little too nicely and quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Macjest | 1/14/2014

    " A local author, from one of the high schools in my district no less. Moran has made a career out of researching and then writing about this time period. She always manages to capture my attention and keep it throughout the whole book. (And that takes some doing lately.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesli | 1/12/2014

    " The writing of this book was amazing. The details and descriptions put me right in Rome. Will definately watch for my books from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri | 12/25/2013

    " A very interesting book, painted such a complete picture of life during that time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brynn | 12/22/2013

    " So far it is amazing!!!!! Right now in school my social studies teacher has been teaching us about egypt and cleopatra and to start to reconize that they are the same is awesomely awesome!:p i love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 11/25/2013

    " So happy to find more historical fiction on par with The Other Boleyn Girl! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosie | 10/23/2013

    " Another great Michelle Moran book! Looking forward to her next novel! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 7/21/2013

    " This is one of the best books I've ever read! I can't wait to read Michelle Moran's other works!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emelro | 1/27/2013

    " i enjoyed this much more than madame tussaud. although that may have been because i was prepared for moran's style this time around. it definitely had my interest the last half...i didn't want to put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula Erickson | 9/26/2012

    " Awesome book! I love the history of Ancient Rome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christena | 9/18/2012

    " I loved this book! I felt like I learned about the time period and loved the characterization! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryanne | 8/19/2012

    " Really really interesting, even though I'm not hugely into Roman history, however the book turned into more of a young adult dramatic book than I would have liked towards the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy Difonzo | 8/7/2012

    " Fun read and interesting. Liked her writing looking forward to her other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren (babystinkbreath) | 3/6/2012

    " Really enjoyed the story and the historical look at Roman times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindi Field | 2/27/2012

    " Loved this book! This is the second book I've read of Michelle Moran and I really love her writing. Great historical fiction writer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey Pogue | 1/29/2012

    " Love this book, just like all her others! It is slow going at first, but the end is just what you want it to be! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophie | 10/11/2011

    " This was a great book! If you like history and fantasy, it's perfect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zsanna | 5/19/2011

    " This book was wonderful....A definite must read!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 5/17/2011

    " I read this while I was visiting Rome, and it really brought the city to life for me. I think that if I had read it under different circumstances, I wouldn't rate it quite so high. On its own, it is a decent read, but not outstanding. As a substitute for reading a history textbook, it is perfect! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 5/17/2011

    " I really liked the book. Great descriptions on how life was in the old Rome. I cried towards the end - when you read it, you will know the spot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 5/12/2011

    " Loved it so much, it was so interesting and heart breaking at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristine | 5/11/2011

    " one of the best books Ive ever read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily | 5/9/2011

    " its pretty good so far i just hope there isnt any romance with selene (frankly i dont like romance with the main charaters)selene remindes me of my book character in the book im writing right now and is probly why i like it so much other then its about egypt. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joyce | 5/9/2011

    " Plot lines very similar (acknowledged) to an old Barbara Michaels book, Wings of the Falcon and Andrea Ashton's "Cleopatra's Daughter" (unacknowledged). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 5/8/2011

    " Interesting, but I would have loved it more if it had shown Selene as an adult. The afterword explains that she did great work as Queen of Mauretania, and I would have liked too see that. "

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About the Author
Author Michelle Moran

Michelle Moran was born in southern California. After attending Pomona College, she earned a master’s degree from the Claremont Graduate University. She is the international bestselling author of Nefertiti, The Heretic Queen, Cleopatra’s Daughter, Madame Tussaud, and The Second Empress. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.