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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,131 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Harris Narrator: Oliver Ford Davies Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Cicero Series Release Date:
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From the bestselling author of Pompeii comes the most provocative and brilliant novel of Rome and its power struggles since I, Claudius.

Of all the great figures of the Roman world, none was more fascinating or charismatic than Marcus Cicero, the greatest orator of all time, who at the age of twenty-seven was determined to attain imperium—supreme power in the state. At his side was the ever-present Tiro, the confidential secretary and slave, whose celebrated biography of his master was lost in the Dark Ages. Imperium is the re-creation of Tiro’s vanished masterpiece, recounting in vivid detail the story of Cicero’s extraordinary quest for glory.

Tiro’s cautionary tale begins on a cold November morning, when he opens the door to a terrified stranger, a victim of Sicily’s corrupt Roman governor, Verres. The stranger’s arrival sets in motion a chain of events that will eventually propel Tiro’s master into one of the most suspenseful courtroom dramas in history, pitting Cicero against some of the most powerful and intimidating figures of his—or any other—age: Pompey, Caesar, Crassus, and the many other powerful Romans who changed history.

Robert Harris, the world’s master of innovative historical fiction, lures us into a violent, treacherous world of Roman politics at once exotically different from and yet startlingly similar to our own—a world of Senate intrigue and electoral corruption, special prosecutors and political adventurism—to describe how one clever, compassionate, devious, vulnerable man fought to reach the top.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In Harris’s hands, the great game becomes a beautiful one.” 

    Times (London)

  • “Masterful.” 

    Sunday Times

  • “Bestselling British author Harris returns to ancient Rome for this entertaining and enlightening novel of Marcus Cicero’s rise to power…Given Cicero’s stormy consulship, his continuing opposition to Julius Caesar and his own assassination, readers can only hope a sequel is in the works.”  

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A brilliant fictional biography of one of antiquity’s most complex and triumphant characters.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dave | 2/17/2014

    " I was impressed with the writing skills of Harris. He incorporated so many elements into the setting that it felt as though the reader could see the whole scene. Overall I thought it was an excellent read, but I kept waiting for something exciting to happen, and that something never really materialized. There really is not much drama. The highs and lows of the arcs are not very high and low, but I would not say that the plot and storyline are flat. I really enjoyed the storytelling, recommend this book and will get the next book in the series. "

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

    " Any literary work featuring Cicero as a character gets my vote. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Radsroc | 2/5/2014

    " Excellent, gripping, fact based historical fiction. Read in the context of the current presidential election, it is extraordinary how little politics has changed in 2000 years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bianca | 2/4/2014

    " This one was about Cicero's rise to power as told by his slave. I'm a sucker for this stuff. "

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