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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,445 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:
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In a sparsely settled region of North Africa, a band of disheveled soldiers turn their eyes toward one man among them: their leader, Julius Caesar. The soldiers are Roman legionaries. And their quarry is a band of pirates who dared to kidnap Julius Caesar for ransom. Now, as Caesar exacts his revenge and builds a legend far from Rome, his friend Marcus Brutus is fighting battles of another sort, rising to power in the wake of the assassination of a dictator. Once, Brutus and Caesar were as close as brothers, devoted to the same ideals and attracted to the same forbidden woman. Now they will be united again by a shock wave from the north, where a gladiator named Spartacus is building an army of seventy thousand slaves to fight a cataclysmic battle against Rome itself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Iggulden is a grand storyteller.”

    USA Today

  • “If you liked Gladiator, you’ll love The Death of Kings.

    Times (London)

  • “Iggulden excels at describing battle scenes both small-scale and epic.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Julius Caesar takes center stage in this second fast-moving, action-oriented installment in Iggulden’s projected four-book retelling of the Roman emperor’s saga…Iggulden does a better job in weaving an intricate and compelling tapestry of Roman underling and slave life, with several well-developed minor characters whose craftiness, loyalty, and heroics far overshadow those of their social betters.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Delightfully entertaining historical fiction, a combination of scholarship and inventiveness that brings the historical figures vividly to life while educating us, gracefully and subtly, about Rome at the height of its powers.”


  • “What a find. A first-time author who writes—wonderfully! The Death of Kings combines the fantasy of Harry Potter with the historical details of John Jakes. Books don’t get better than this.”

    Costa Rica Times

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chad Kerchner | 2/12/2014

    " Excellent book. I cannot wait to read the next one. Although the author took some liberties in creating the story, I found the changes not excessive and they helped the story flow and remain entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Veronica Sanche | 2/5/2014

    " I enjoy Iggulden's writing and have read a few of this other novels. I wish I had read the first of this series to know more of Caesar's background but this one was fascinating. Iggulden's version of Caesar gives him some substance and more humanity as well as giving us lots of background and history to this period of events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Olivia | 1/29/2014

    " This book was a lot better than the first. I loved it and am looking forward to reading the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Keith | 1/11/2014

    " This book was just as good as the prequel, Emperor:The Gates Of Rome, and I was very surprised at all the action the writing contained. This author knows how to write with a passion that will keep a reader very interested. Sadly, I didn't want to finish the book but then again there is a sequel to this one. Please do yourselves a favor and read this book. You will not be disappointed "

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