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3.9998388136686 out of 53.9998388136686 out of 53.9998388136686 out of 53.9998388136686 out of 53.9998388136686 out of 5 4.00 (6,204 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Conn Iggulden Narrator: Robert Glenister Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Emperor Series Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781482979732
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From the spectacle of gladiatorial combat to the intrigue of the Senate, from the foreign wars that created an empire to the betrayals that almost tore it apart, the Emperor novels tell the remarkable story of the man who would become the greatest Roman of them all: Julius Caesar. The Gates of Rome introduces an ambitious young man facing his first great test. In the city of Rome, a titanic power struggle is about to shake the Republic to its core. Citizen will fight citizen in a bloody conflict—and Julius Caesar will be in the thick of the action.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Stunning. It begins with hints of a mystery and continues as a galvanizing historical thriller…Iggulden knows that history derives from ‘story.’ And this story has barely begun. The Gates of Rome is its first, exhilarating, installment. Don’t miss it.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “This latest example of the reading public’s love affair with history, a trilogy about Julius Caesar, has a testosterone count that rises by the page…The great events and breathtaking brutality of the times are brought lavishly to life.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “It was a time of turmoil, chaos, revolutions, casual violence, and savage brutality, and Iggulden’s descriptions of the culture and environment are vivid. Although covering a period unknown to most lay readers, Emperor is a surprisingly fast and often exciting read.”

    Library Journal

  • “Iggulden’s debut casts authentically detailed light on the early years of the great Roman general and statesman Julius Caesar.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chap | 4/17/2017

    " Dumas Davy de la Pallieteria aka Alexandre Dumas was a prolific writer and has written such classics as the Count of Monte Cristo and the book that I am reviewing, the Three Muskateers. His style is similar in each story, beautiful prose, belief in honor and chivalry, there is always a romantic interest and best best of all, revenge to the evil-doer. He never disappoints and is the rival of Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope. Great story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chap | 3/20/2017

    " The Gates of Rome, written by Conn Iggulden and narrated by Robert Glenister was very interesting and entertaining. Especially when he writes about every day life. This is my third book in the Emporer series and I am committed to finishing this. The only disappointment comes in the fact that when I started to do some research on the events depicted in his books some of the events are factual and others are not. That is disapponting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Grainger | 2/15/2014

    " A little bit slow to start with but it is worth it a very interesting book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 2/11/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Conn Iggulden is a gifted writer. I am not a history buff so the historical inaccuracies didn't bother me - ignorance is bliss! Historical books like this one are virtual time machines. I was transported! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 2/11/2014

    " I enjoyed this book, looking forward to continuing in the series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ajit George | 2/7/2014

    " Awful. It takes special skill to turn a fascinating subject like Roman history and render it unto dreck. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beth | 2/7/2014

    " I really wanted to like this book, especially since it was a First Reads book. I'll put it back in the pile and try again at a later date. Maybe I just wasn't in the right frame of mind to read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 May | 1/29/2014

    " I don't have much to say about this book. This won't be much of a review as it will be a rant. I love historical fiction, but I don't like when people mess up with the 'historical' part and transform it mostly in fiction. I didn't care about the characters at all and I found the book extremely boring to read. I'll wait for the next ones, see if it gets better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart | 1/24/2014

    " First in series about Julius Caesar -excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/10/2014

    " This entire series was an interesting view into the Roman Empire during Caesar's life. Not entirely accurate, but with regular visits to good historical sources along the way, the real story came thru "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 DocOn Holiday | 1/1/2014

    " Great novel of the great series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashish | 12/31/2013

    " Marvellous!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvonne Fortin | 12/24/2013

    " Excellent book. Lots of fun details on young Julius Caesar. I know that much was fiction, but what was know about him historically, was folded into the book seamlessly. I have such a facination with ancient Rome, and just devoured this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wyatt Indermuehle | 11/23/2013

    " Great historical fiction about the Roman Empire. The story of two boys growing up, one would become the first Ceaser and the other would be his best friend and murderur. Great storytelling. Full of violence, espionage, intrigue, betrayal, adeventure sex, and all the things that make a great novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 11/19/2013

    " Powerful historical fiction showing Caesar's life and rise to glory. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 8/12/2013

    " Very satisfying. Historical, but not. There's a lot of old school gladiator-style violence, but the dialogue is really playful and the characters are interesting. Ultimately, it's a light read with a lot of twists. I'll read the others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 6/6/2013

    " It's a fine read. Engaging and keeps you turning the pages but it's not very deep. I will read the sequels, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystal | 7/31/2012

    " I skimmed the last 60 pages or so. The writing was OK, though I dislike the shifting perspective, sometimes in the same paragraph. I just did NOT care about the characters whatsoever. I will not be reading the rest of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ubalstecha | 3/16/2012

    " Interesting take on Julius Ceasar's early life. I found this quite gripping and was quickly engrossed by the story. For a first novel, this one manages to avoid some the new author pitfalls. The twist at the end was interesting, but might be stretching the disbelief a wee bit too much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 2/16/2012

    " This book is a beginning to a historical fiction of Julius Caesar. It starts out slow, but heady readers are rewarded in the end. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Austin | 12/23/2011

    " One of the best historical fiction series ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrian | 7/4/2011

    " The Gengis Khan series is definitely better written than the Emperor books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish | 6/25/2011

    " A well written novel narrating the story of Gaius Julius' early years. Iggulden effectively blurred the lines of fiction with the very sketchy history of Gaius. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Per | 6/20/2011

    " Sidvändare. Historiskt känns det hyfsat verklighetstroget. Fick mig att vilja veta mer om Rom och Caesar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 5/23/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, looking forward to continuing in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 5/12/2011

    " I really give this a 3.5. I thought it started slow but was captivated by the end. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. The book ended with an inticong cliff hanger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 5/12/2011

    " This series really piqued my interest in Roman military and political history. Fantastic character driven story and a raw and powerful description of life in Roman times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 4/19/2011

    " So darn awesome. A great introduction into the Emperor series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ashish | 4/18/2011

    " Having read Conn Iggulden's Genghis series, this first book of the Emperor series doesn't start of with enough of a bang but ends up pretty well, setting one up with anticipation for the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 4/13/2011

    " A fine series and hard to put down, if you can stand the gore-quotient. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 2/2/2011

    " Good story/ Standard writing

    Fiction, Julius Caesar- Good enough to read, like a standard John Grisham with a cooler story. "

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About the Author
Author Conn IgguldenConn Iggulden is one of the most successful authors of historical fiction writing today. Following the Sunday Times bestsellers Stormbird, Trinity and Bloodline, Ravenspur is the fourth book in his superb new series set during the Wars of the Roses, a remarkable period of British history. He has written two previous bestselling historical series.
About the Narrator

Robert Glenister is a British-born film and television actor best known for his role as Ash Morgan on television’s Hustle and Nicholas Blake in Spooks. He has also narrated numerous audiobooks and earned three AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as a prestigious Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration in 2015.