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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (640 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Saylor Narrator: James Langton Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Continuing the epic story begun in his New York Times bestselling novel Roma, Steven Saylor charts the destinies of five more generations of the aristocratic Pinarius family, from the reign of Augustus to height of Rome's empire.

The Pinarii witness the machinations of Tiberius, the madness of Caligula, and the decadence of Nero. The deadly paranoia of Domitian gives way to the Golden Age of Trajan and Hadrian—but even the most enlightened emperors wield the power to destroy their subjects on a whim. Empire is filled with the dramatic, defining moments of the age, including the Great Fire of 64 A.D, Nero’s persecution of the Christians, and the astounding opening games of the Colosseum. But at the novel’s heart are the choices and temptations faced by each generation of the Pinarii. One becomes the plaything of the notorious Messalina. One becomes the lover of a Vestal virgin. One falls under the spell of Nero, while another is drawn to the strange new cult of those who call themselves Christians. While the Pinarii struggle for survival, they also search for meaning. Some cling to the worship of the gods who made Rome great. Others explore the mysteries of astrology, follow the teachings of the wiseman Apollonius of Tyana, or celebrate the beautiful youth elevated by Hadrian to the status of a god. However diverse their destinies, all the Pinarii are united by the mysterious gold talisman called the fascinum handed down from a time before Rome existed. As it passes from generation to generation, the fascinum seems to exercise a power not only over those who wear it, but over the very fate of the empire. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend us your ears: listen to another Novel of Ancient Rome.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom Landry | 2/8/2014

    " I was having a hard time deciding whether to give this book three or four stars. I was reading it from the mindset of it being Roma part 2 which it basically is. What I noticed was that the individual stories went on for a long time. The first half of the book covered only two people. Well actually three but two were at the same time and only one of them was the dominant character. Roma had covered several different people/time periods by half way. Roma also covered a lot more of the development of Rome. Initially that all bothered me but now that I am finished and look at it as a whole I am satisfied. Empire covered much more of each persons life so there were still many different stories for each one. I have to admit it did seem to slow a bit in the middle of the book but otherwise had a good pace. Roma covered over 1000 years where Empire was less than 150. In the end I was left with a good feeling and was happy I read this book. I think anyone who enjoyed Roma would enjoy Empire as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Harley Gee | 2/5/2014

    " Fun read. Continues on in the same vein as Roma except we cover a hundred years or so instead of a thousand. Nero, Domitian, Caligula, are depicted as excessive and capricious. They apparently lived up to their reputations. Lots of gladiator and coliseum action. I look forward to a sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Helen | 1/31/2014

    " Somewhat reminiscent of "I,Claudius" but not as well written. Actually, the writing style is fairly mediocre, but the subject matter is interesting. If you like the history of ancient Rome, you will probably like this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Travis | 1/21/2014

    " Had its moments, but was not as good as his other works. I liked ROMA more, but that might just be because I enjoy the history of the Republic more than the Empire. "

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