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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,518 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Harris Narrator: Simon Jones Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Cicero Series Release Date:
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On the eve of Marcus Cicero’s inauguration as consul of Rome, the grisly death of a boy sends ripples of fear through a city already wracked by civil unrest, crime, and debauchery of every kind. For Cicero, the ill forebodings of this hideous murder only increase his frustrations and the dangers he already faces as Rome’s leader: elected by the people but despised by the heads of the two rival camps, the patricians and populists.

Caught in a political shell game that leaves him forever putting out fires only to have them ignite elsewhere, Cicero plays both for the future of the republic and his very life. There is a plot to assassinate Cicero, abetted by a rising young star of the Roman senate named Gaius Julius Caesar — and it will take all the embattled consul’s wit, strength, and force of will to stop it and keep Rome from becoming a dictatorship.

Robert Harris once again weaves a compelling and historically accurate tale of intrigue told in the wise and compassionate voice of Cicero’s slave and private secretary, Tiro. In the manner of I, Claudius, Harris vividly evokes ancient Rome and its politics for today’s listeners, documenting a world not unlike our own — where the impulse toward dominance competes with the risk of overreach, where high-minded ideals can be a liability, and where someone is always waiting in the wings for a chance to set the world on fire.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A serious piece of storytelling, enormously enjoyable to read, with an insider’s political tone.” 

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “Republican Rome, with all its grandeur and corruption, has rarely been made as vivid.” 

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “For all its political insights, though, it is as a pure thriller that Conspirata stands or falls. In that respect, it succeeds splendidly…tribute not only to the intrinsic fascination of these extraordinary events but also to the narrative skills of a master.”

    Observer (London)

  • “Thrilling and thought provoking.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mom | 2/11/2014

    " Wonderful historical novel of Cicero rising to power; the intrigue and violence of politics in ancient Rome makes our calm little democracy seem very tame. Cicero and Caesar are mighty adversaries and awaiting the outcome of their epic struggle keeps the reader spellbound even when the result is known. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hilary Hicklin | 2/1/2014

    " Although this book gets off to a slower start than its predecessor, Imperium, Harris ratchets up the tension as Cicero's term of office as Consul gets under way. It also charts the rise of Julius Caesar with a sense of chilling foreboding. Harris's background as a political journalist lends a sense of relevance and reality to events even though they took place so long ago. Looking forward to the publication of the third book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Adrienne | 1/26/2014

    " Part 2 of the Circero story. This ones gives us the insight as to why Cicero opposed the so called people's laws. His fundamental driver was on retaining the republic of Rome. This is his fight against Caeser's accumulation of power and the fall of the republic. The lack of the extra star is frustration that I have to wait and see whether the last part of Cicero's life is going to be written by Mr Harris. In the mean time I'll be doing some more reading of Cicero's speeches! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Adrian Moran | 1/22/2014

    " This is the second Robert Harris book featuring a fictionalized biograph of Cicero. It is entertainingly told and it follows the historical record closely. Cicero's arc is dramatic. Though talent and tenacity, he climbs to the heights of society and the political world in the late Roman republic, only to watch that republic fall apart. We see his virtues and his vices through the eyes of his faithful secretary Tiro, and we also see the remarkable cast of political power players who were Cicero's contemporaries - Pompey, Cato and of course Julius Caesar. I look forward to the next book in the series. It appears that this books was published under both the titles Lustrum and Conspirata. "

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