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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: Unabridged 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

  • “Meticulous, absorbing, and informative.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An entertainingly vivid picture of one of history’s most fascinating elected officials.” 

    USA Today

  • “Harris’ zest for political machinations serves the material well.” 

    Washington Post

  • “Mesmerizing…With sometimes haunting verisimilitude, Robert Harris skillfully recreates Tiro’s lost masterpiece about his master, evoking the full sweep of Rome’s treacherous political scene…A timeless tale told with elegance and a telling sense of detail.” 

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Julia | 2/18/2014

    " A really good read. Interesting and thoroughly enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marcus | 2/13/2014

    " The book is a great account of the life of Marcus Cicero as told by his servant Tiro. Cicero was the only man every to have risen to rank of Imperator without family connections, wealth or an army at his back. A fascinating read that has a surprising amount of parallels with the current political situation in the US. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Matthew Gatheringwater | 2/10/2014

    " This is an historical novel based upon the career of the great Roman orator, Cicero, as recounted by his slave. It is non-challenging comfort reading with just enough historical detail to keep it interesting. Even I, a non-expert on Roman history, recognize many anachronisms in the text, but it did help me get through a nasty cold and so I'm grateful to the author. Books don't have to be great to be enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lucii | 2/6/2014

    " Such a sick book. Really well written imho and true to history without a dull moment. Plus I got brownie points with my Latin teacher ^_^ "

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