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3.99970085470085 out of 53.99970085470085 out of 53.99970085470085 out of 53.99970085470085 out of 53.99970085470085 out of 5 4.00 (4,446 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: March 2004 ISBN: 9781482974065
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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.”

    Booklist

  • “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

  • 2.666666 out of 52.666666 out of 52.666666 out of 52.666666 out of 52.666666 out of 5 Chap | 3/20/2017

    " The fourth book in the Emperor series by Conn Iggulden, read by Robert Glenister. Besides being a good book the narrator does an excellent job. I find that it is the combination of the book itself and the reader that is important. There is alot happening in this one. North Africa, Pirate, Sparticus and ultimately the final betrayal of Galius Julius Ceasar by his life long friend Marcus Brutus on the Ides of March. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie Stegman | 1/10/2014

    " I'm not finished yet but I am LOVING this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlene | 1/6/2014

    " I am glad I kept reading this series on Julius Caesar. Book #1 was not that great. Book #2 was really good and a page turner. The fictional relationship between all of the well known names in Caesar's life was really interesting. Again, rather violent as his climb to fame was that of a warrior. Lots of Roman historical interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrin | 1/4/2014

    " O.k. so I am in for the long run. This is the second book in the series and I am currently reading the third. Long live Ceasar. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin Hartley | 1/1/2014

    " Nowhere nearly as good as the first in the series. This was more of a slog to get through than The Two Towers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Winnie | 12/16/2013

    " Just loved this - I find Mr Iggulden's style of writing irristible and it's obvious how well researched his stories are - definitely one of the greats - would not hesitate to recommend this author to anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carles Soriano Pérez | 11/2/2013

    " It was really hard to read for the first 2 hundred pages, after that it came easier and I could enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pauline | 10/29/2013

    " 2nd in the series and just as good as the first.Really enjoying this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Rippington | 3/16/2013

    " Another page turner. The series goes from strength to strength! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh Bowen | 3/3/2013

    " Im really getting hooked on this series. Unfortunately im more and more bothered by the rather substantial changes made to historal facts by the author to suit the plot. I would recommend reading and enjoying the series and forgetting that it is supposed to be "historical fiction" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 12/23/2012

    " While entertaining and engaging in its own way, this series about Julius Caesar is not nearly as scholarly in depth as historical fiction as the novels focused on Caesar that are part of Colleen McCullough's nine-volume "Masters of Rome" series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 9/17/2012

    " I thought this book was just ok. I'm going to keep reading the series because I think it's interesting and now I have to know the rest of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lajos Vaszi | 8/21/2012

    " Absolutely amazing,vivid history-fiction in the Roman age about Julius Gaius Ceasar from his childhood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 7/30/2012

    " Can't wait to read the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oda | 2/14/2012

    " Mmm historical fiction. Better than the first in the series, maybe I'm just not one for descriptions of people's childhoods. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dionne | 12/17/2011

    " Brilliant! Conn is a genius when it comes to turning historical facts into an amazing plot with excellent drama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 12/10/2011

    " I feel ashamed for how long it took me to read this, but I did enjoy it. Beefy gladiators in togas make me happy like a sunny day! No, it really is an enjoyable series, but it's time to return to contemporary fiction and modern times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tommy | 12/1/2011

    " This book continues the story of Julius Ceasar & Brutus as they continue to grow and gain power in and around Rome. I enjoyed it as much as the first book and look forward to the last 2 in the Emperor series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 7/6/2011

    " Excellent book, you will read it quickly and be glad that you did. "

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

    " Sidvändare! Fick mig att vilja veta mer om Rom och Caesar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 4/11/2011

    " While entertaining and engaging in its own way, this series about Julius Caesar is not nearly as scholarly in depth as historical fiction as the novels focused on Caesar that are part of Colleen McCullough's nine-volume "Masters of Rome" series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oda | 3/20/2011

    " Mmm historical drama. Better than the first in the series, maybe I'm just not one for descriptions of people's childhoods. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 3/19/2011

    " Once again, better-than-average (though not extraordinary) writing, but fantastic decision-making with respect to appropriate simplifications of history and appropriate levels of dramatization to keep the books believable but exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 3/7/2011

    " Great book, continues the series well... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trine | 2/9/2011

    " Den første 1/3 er rigtig spændende - men så synes jeg, den næste 1/3 bliver sådan lidt kedelig langtrukken, hvorefter den sidste 1/3 igen bliver spændende.. "

  • 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- 2nd book in Emperor series, once again entertaining enough story, quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerelyn | 1/23/2011

    " I am usually a stickler with historical fiction, I want the known facts not to be tampered with. I was grateful for the authors notes telling you why he changed certain things and it in no way detracts from the fact that this is a darn good story, written by a talented author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pepca | 1/19/2011

    " This is such an engaging book, I just flew through it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/15/2010

    " Just as good, if not better than the first novel in this series. Truly a captivating portrayal of Julius Caesar and other historical figures from that period of Roman history. I am not sure how close to the truth Conn Iggulden is, but it sure makes for a great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wyatt | 10/21/2010

    " The sequal to Gates of Rome. All of the sam elements, but with more adventure and danger. Once again, all of the great elements necessary for a good novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 9/11/2010

    " Very good fiction on ancient Roman and Julius Ceasar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lajos | 7/28/2010

    " Absolutely amazing,vivid history-fiction in the Roman age about Julius Gaius Ceasar from his childhood. "

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About the Author
Author Conn Iggulden

Conn Iggulden is the acclaimed author of the Emperor novels, which chronicle the life of Julius Caesar, and the Conqueror series, which is based on the lives of Mongol warlords Genghis, Ogedai, and Kublai Khan. He is also the coauthor of the bestselling nonfiction work The Dangerous Book for Boys. He lives with his wife and two children in Hertfordshire, England.

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.