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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: Oliver Ford Davies Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged 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

  • “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…A tribute not only to the intrinsic fascination of these extraordinary events but also to the narrative skills of a master.”

    Observer (London)

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

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “Thrilling and thought-provoking.”

    Spectator (London)

  • “Gripping…bestseller Harris proves once again that politics is an ugly game.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Intriguing…Once again, Harris reinvigorates history, breathing new life into a cast of timeworn historical characters and events. After devouring the middle course of this trilogy, historical fiction fans will still be hungry for more.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dyan Lee | 2/16/2014

    " Loved this book. Enjoy the way Harris writes and tells a story, serious and smart, does't write a lot of flowery bullshit. Makes me realize just how evil politicians can be and men, in general. Ironically, it reminded me of modern America, with it's Republicans and Democrats always manipulating and fighting. A book about money, greed, power, manipulation, conspiracy--hence the name. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Emmaj | 2/13/2014

    " Not as good as the first one but still pretty readable "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Georgia Smith | 2/10/2014

    " So good. Books like this always elicit in me a deep desire to do something with my life. It's a fascinating book that charts the nuances that led to the downfall of Rome, slowly and meticulously placing the signs underneath a gripping plot about Cicero's own life that I found hard to put down. He was brilliant, and there's nothing quite so good as a brilliant character. The characters come alive as you read and it's so easy to grasp the troubles he comes up against - the scandals, alliances forming in the shadows, affairs, betrayals - and understand his motives and get on his side. It's a great book, just as good as the first. You'll see the moral downfall of power in here, too, and a growing dislike of Cicero's stupidity and slowness as he ages, as well as the inevitable cycle of success. It's good. You should read it. "

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

    " 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. "

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