Extended Audio Sample

Download Conspirata: A Novel of Ancient Rome Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Conspirata: A Novel of Ancient Rome Audiobook, by Robert Harris Click for printable size audiobook cover
3.00066296149266 out of 53.00066296149266 out of 53.00066296149266 out of 53.00066296149266 out of 53.00066296149266 out of 5 3.00 (2,519 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: February 2010 ISBN: 9780743566797
Regular Price: $29.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

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.

Download and start listening now!

BK_SANS_001953

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.” 

    Spectator

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 1/19/2014

    " A well told story about limits and strengths and about success and failures. Cicero is always the butt of many an ancient historian's joke and this book does its best to present a sympathetic portrayal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 1/12/2014

    " Not- as one of the quotes inside the cover suggests- better than I Claudius, not by a long way. Also, not as much of a page turner as Harris' first Cicero book but still enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pipit | 1/9/2014

    " kereeeeeeeeeeennnnn.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donald | 12/20/2013

    " An enjoyable novel of "ancient Rome," as it says, which makes all the political maneuvering and backstabbing actually interesting to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 12/10/2013

    " I'm a big fan of Robert Harris. Loved his Imperium which is the first book in a trilogy. Lustrum is the second. Telling the story of the gifted orator, Cicero. Looking forward to the third volume. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 12/5/2013

    " 2nd of a to-be trilogy. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Quinlan | 11/5/2013

    " Can't wait for the third and final part of the trilogy...Get that stylus out Tiro! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillip | 10/18/2013

    " I love Harris' books and this was not a disappointment. Cicero is a schemer, but ultimately he seeks to serve the republic. The tale of how other men use populism to vault themselves into supreme power is a cautionary one for our day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ross | 2/28/2013

    " Second in the Cicero series. As good as the first one. These famous Roman figures jump off the page. I cannot wait for the conclusion! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merrilyn | 8/4/2012

    " Took a while to get into but really enjoyed it in the end and interested in the history of the period. Good series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William Herbst | 7/20/2012

    " A very good novel about the Catilinarian conspiracy. I read the English version titled Conspirata but cannot find it here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Humberstone | 4/19/2012

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this and can't wait for the final book of this trilogy to be published. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas Motion | 1/17/2012

    " read the second before the first...but great as usual "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susanna | 10/25/2011

    " This makes interesting reading when paired with the relevant parts of Colleen McCullough's Caesar's Women, where Caesar is the hero. Here he is a villain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Whitaker | 10/11/2011

    " Part 2 of the Cicero trilogy delivers even more intrigue and suspense than the first. Outstanding. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 7/4/2011

    " Engaging 2nd volume in Robert Harris' trilogy on Cicero, although I didn't find it as compelling as the 1st volume (Imperium). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pavlin | 5/16/2011

    " one of the best history novels i ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jk1982 | 4/29/2011

    " The best political thriller I've read. One of the most insightful books ever. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob | 4/3/2011

    " Meh. I love Cicero. I adore Roman history. But this book was not even as good as Lustrum (Imperium) and even that was meh. I'm not sure I will have the energy to finish the trilogy when the final book comes out this year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 2/26/2011

    " I love reading Robert Harris but for some reason struggled in parts with this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricrk | 2/20/2011

    " set in the period that sees the rise to power of Julius Ceaser. Interesting but from this side of history some of the decisions made don't seem to make sense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quinn | 2/16/2011

    " Sequel to Imperium - the rise and decline of Cicero - a must read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 1/31/2011

    " The sequel to Imperium, Cicero peaks and declines. Political intrigue in Roman. You can't fail to be impressed and feel sorry for Cicero "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/15/2011

    " Harris brings Cicero alive! Although I know what happens, I can hardly wait to read the third and final novel of this trilogy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelo | 1/10/2011

    " It was really intersting to continue to read the history of Cicero narrated by Robert Harris. Through the storyline you can also discover the intense and writhed politic net during the Roman Age, which brought the Great Julio Cesar to the power. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/7/2011

    " The beginning of the end for the Roman Republic and for Cicero "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 1/5/2011

    " Good, tells the story of the Roman Republic we all know from the perspective of Cicero's secretary slave. Does a good job of blending fact and fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 F.S. | 12/30/2010

    " I've enjoyed many of Robert Harris' books, but couldn't get into this one. Too bad. I got bogged down somewhere toward the middle and never surfaced again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 12/20/2010

    " Very much enjoyed this book. You really get a feel for the abject poverty of the plebes and the debauchery & intrigue of the wildly wealthy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rishi | 12/6/2010

    " Continues the story of Cicero and the downfall of the Republic. Excellent book once again, if a little less 'Latin' than Imperium. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Robert Harris

Robert Harris is the author of ten best-selling novels: Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost Writer, Conspirata, The Fear Index, An Officer and a Spy, and Dictator. Several of his books have been adapted to film, including The Ghost Writer, directed by Roman Polanski. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages.

About the Narrator

Simon Jones is an audiobook narrator and winner of sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has appeared in the films The Devil’s Own, Twelve Monkeys, For Love or Money, Green Card, Brazil, Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, and Miracle on 34th Street. His television appearances include a role in The Cosby Mysteries and Murder She Wrote, and he has been featured in nine Broadway productions.