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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,739 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Conn Iggulden Narrator: Paul Blake Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Emperor Series Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538467466
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The year is 53 BC. Fresh from victory in Gaul, Julius Caesar leads battle-hardened legions across the Rubicon river—threatening Rome herself. Even the master strategist Pompey is caught unprepared by the strike, and forced to abandon his city. The armies of Rome will face each other at last in civil war, led by the two greatest generals ever to walk the seven hills. Thus begins Conn Iggulden’s towering saga of Julius Caesar as he approaches his final destiny—a destiny that will be decided not by legions but by his friend Brutus and an Egyptian queen named Cleopatra, who will bear his only son …

The Gods of War follows Julius Caesar through politics and passion, ruthless ambition, and private grief, and into the corruption of power itself. Those he has loved will play a part in his triumphs—as will the jealousy and hatred of his enemies. From the spectacles of the arena to the whispered lies of conspirators, Conn Iggulden brings to life a world of monumental drama. And at its heart is one extraordinary friendship—marked by fierce loyalty and bitter betrayal, with dark events shrouded in noble ideals.

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  • “Despite Caesar’s larger-than-life historical reputation, Iggulden humanizes his hero and juxtaposes his bloodlust in battle and ruthless ambition in politics with an unexpected tenderness in his personal relations…Expert plotting, supple prose, and fast-paced action will keep readers riveted until the end.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Gods of War is an entertaining and fairly compelling historical novel, an impressive feat.”

    Library Journal

  • “[A] cataclysmic final installment in this riveting epic…Brimming with military, political, and romantic intrigue, this action-packed epic provides a breathtaking panorama of one of the most exciting episodes in the ancient world and breathes new life into a legendary historical figure.”

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  • “Narrator Paul Blake’s British accent gives a European feel to this final book in the acclaimed Emperor series…He conveys hurt and angst in Julius Caesar’s conflicted relationship with his lifelong friend Brutus and narrates with softer tones and sensitivity as Caesar and Cleopatra explore love. Blake also powerfully delivers the book’s fast-moving action.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bill | 2/19/2014

    " My, but this series was a letdown. While there are many fictional works that tend to bend history to their own dramatic purposes (in this genre, HBO's Rome series comes to mind), they still manage to hew close enough to the facts to make a decent mix of history and imagination. Iggulden has decided to take the ignoble path of tossing history right out the window. So many of the basic facts of this well-known story are so distorted and/or ignored that it really detracts from the enjoyment one might get from it. What is more distressing is that some readers not familiar with the story of Julius Caesar might actually make the mistake of thinking that they may be learning something by reading this woe-begotten series. This series has Caesar and Brutus growing up together, whereas historically, Caesar is believed to have been Brutus' father. Once this most basic of facts is twisted... well, it's all downhill from there. This series is the equivalent of a book covering The Revolutionary War, in which Thomas Jefferson and his brother Abraham Lincoln team up to assassinate John Adams. Yes, it's that ridiculous. I probably would have given this series two stars as some sort of crazy, alternate-universe fable on the life of Caesar, but the last two audiobooks are an abomination. The reader huffs and puffs in a performance worthy of a second-rate dinner theater, and his constant mispronunciations of the names of some of history's most well-known figures (seriously, Cicero pronounced as "Kickero"?) made me imagine that I was listening to a Monty Python skit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/30/2014

    " Great series. I've just re read before the new instalment comes out in summer. I love these books but I do think the ending and the lead up to Julius's death seems a little rushed. "

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

    " An enjoyable conclusion to the series. "

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

    " Best of the series, easily. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/22/2014

    " Very interesting. going to try his Ghengis Khan series soon. I give it about a pg rating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Forrest | 1/19/2014

    " Please see my review for the first book of the series: "The Gates of Rome" by the author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 1/12/2014

    " The conclusion of the series is as interesting and engaging as the three preceding installments. As always, I appreciated the fact that Iggulden explained the reasoning behind his inaccuracies and offered suggestions for further, historically accurate reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Grainger | 1/11/2014

    " Have to say not as good as the previous three but good none the less. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leticia | 12/18/2013

    " Excellent. The author Conn Iggulden is a wonderful writer who brings life to those times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 11/19/2013

    " I hope he comes back to this series. One of the best of read from that time period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 10/31/2013

    " This author is just plain good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sanna | 9/16/2013

    " Pretty good, although I couldn't help but feel like the author suddenly ran out of pages towards the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyle West | 9/8/2013

    " This was the best in this series. Igulden is a terrific storyteller and Julius Ceasar is a fascinating character. If one enjoys historical novels, I think it likely he would enjoy this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Llewellyn | 6/22/2013

    " Whoa Nellie.. does it get much better than this? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 6/2/2013

    " A good book but the least enjoyable of the series. Mostly due to the circumstances that needed to transpire to end the book. An enjoyable series I would recommend to others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mel Curtis | 12/21/2012

    " A great ending to the series. LOVE IT. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 10/30/2012

    " I really liked the whole series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 10/16/2012

    " I'm a romanophile anything about Julius Caesar is high up on my list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pete | 7/28/2012

    " Easy way to read what appears to be a somewhat accurate "general" history of Caesar. The fictional aspect of this book is quite good... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ashish chatterjee | 7/8/2012

    " And the series is over. Great read, but I liked the Genghis Khan series more "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oda | 4/1/2012

    " Brutal, painful and very good. As always it's sad to be done with such a good series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pzzarius | 3/30/2012

    " IT IS GOOD!!! Very good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Werner | 12/24/2011

    " I thought the writing is good but the storyline skips so much history in this series. Why? Did he not want to write more in the series. For people who really like Roman history I would suggest the Collen McCullogh novels instead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 12/13/2011

    " I enjoy historical fiction well-told. I really appreciate the author's effort to identify what he altered and what some of his sources were. The one criticism is that much of the story revolves around warfare. It's hard for me to understand the mechanics of an assualt or to envision those scenes. "

  • 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 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.