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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: February 2010 ISBN: 9780743566780
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Cicero returns to continue his struggle to grasp supreme power in the state of Rome. Amidst treachery, vengeance, violence, and treason, this brilliant lawyer, orator, and philosopher finally reaches the summit of all his ambitions. Cicero becomes known as the world’s first professional politician, using his compassion and deviousness to overcome all obstacles.

 

Harris employs historical detail and a popular plot to give listeners a man who is by turns a sympathetic hero and power-obsessed manipulator who sets himself up for his own massive, violent ruin. This series charges forward, propelled by the strength of Harris’s stunningly fascinating prose. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

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

    Sunday Times (London)

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

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  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mar | 2/1/2014

    " A fantastic, intense read. I enjoyed every page of it. I could not believe the portrayal of Julius Cesar. I could not believe in my own studies of ancient history, I have entirely overlooked Cicero. A book which will change forever your perception of Roman leadership. I never thought I'd be so engaged in the Republic's philosophy and so appalled by the dictatorship. Now I have the urge to read more ancient history and understand how the author interpreted the documents and where he drew inspiration for such a vivid, humane account of the past. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 1/23/2014

    " This is one of the most interesting books I have read in a long time. His political observations about Cicero and Caesar are relevant to our political times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dolphe | 1/23/2014

    " Robert Harris' tales of Cicero as narrated by the Roman's loyal slave Tiro makes for incredible reading. While the first volume imbues Cicero with a more noble mantle, this second installment takes us into a more human realm where politics does not wholly corrupt Cicero, but does -- indeed -- lead him to less than noble decisions which he (like many politicians before and after) believes are for what he labels the greater good. Compromise may be good for the masses, but it often takes a heavy toll on the individual soul. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 1/19/2014

    " Loved it. Brings Roman history to life. Left me wanting to know more about what happens next to Cicero. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricrk patrick | 12/11/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gon | 11/4/2013

    " Beleef het oude Rome "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Tyrer | 10/10/2013

    " I really like Robert Harris and will read about anything he writes. It's a great, thinking man's return to Rome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 8/27/2013

    " Well written, but not as enjoyable as "Imperium". Cicero becomes a less likeable person, so I didn't feel as invested in what happened to him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Burton | 3/26/2013

    " Just about as good as the last, and though it ends with Cicero in a tough spot, I could not but admire him more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trina | 3/1/2013

    " Harris's novel of the struggle between Cicero and Julius Caesar. I realize afresh how fragile the Republic was and how many conspirators struggled for power. Caesar wasn't a shoo-in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teryl | 1/18/2013

    " After Caesar's Gallic Wars at school, this was a completely different aspect of the politics of Ancient Rome. It really was a brutal world. Very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Williams | 7/24/2012

    " Excellent....as ever "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mckayd229 | 5/23/2012

    " 2nd in a trilogy about Cicero's rise and fall from power. Well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas Motion | 5/7/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillip | 1/24/2012

    " 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. "

  • 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. "

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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

Oliver Ford Davies has, over the last forty years, become one of the world’s most esteemed actors. He spent twelve years with the Royal Shakespeare Company and won the Olivier Award for Best Actor while at the National Theatre. His television work includes Kavanagh QC, Inspector Morse, David Copperfield, and Sparkling Cyanide; his films include The Mother, Johnny English, Mrs. Brown, and Atonement.