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Author: Margaret George Narrator: Steve West, Susan Denaker, Katharine McEwan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9781524755966
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The New York Times bestselling and legendary author of Helen of Troy and Elizabeth I now turns her gaze on Emperor Nero, one of the most notorious and misunderstood figures in history.

Built on the backs of those who fell before it, Julius Caesar’s imperial dynasty is only as strong as the next person who seeks to control it. In the Roman Empire no one is safe from the sting of betrayal: man, woman—or child.
 
As a boy, Nero’s royal heritage becomes a threat to his very life, first when the mad emperor Caligula tries to drown him, then when his great aunt attempts to secure her own son’s inheritance. Faced with shocking acts of treachery, young Nero is dealt a harsh lesson: it is better to be cruel than dead.
 
While Nero idealizes the artistic and athletic principles of Greece, his very survival rests on his ability to navigate the sea of vipers that is Rome. The most lethal of all is his own mother, a cold-blooded woman whose singular goal is to control the empire. With cunning and poison, the obstacles fall one by one. But as Agrippina’s machinations earn her son a title he is both tempted and terrified to assume, Nero’s determination to escape her thrall will shape him into the man he was fated to become—an Emperor who became legendary.
 
With impeccable research and captivating prose, The Confessions of Young Nero is the story of a boy’s ruthless ascension to the throne. Detailing his journey from innocent youth to infamous ruler, it is an epic tale of the lengths to which man will go in the ultimate quest for power and survival. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Margaret George has performed about the most audacious act imaginable for a historical novelist—an epic work of fiction not merely sympathetic to Nero, but told largely in his own voice. I applaud. And so, I imagine, does that connoisseur of the arts Nero, watching from Elysium. Steven Saylor, author of Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome
     
  • [George] brilliantly recreates past eras and bygone civilizations. Sharon Kay Penman, author of A King’s Ransom
  • A wonderful novel, from the riveting first scene to the breathtaking finale. Jennifer Chiaverini, New York Times bestselling author of Fates and Traitors and Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker
  • Wow! Margaret George—the reigning queen of historical fiction—is back with this epic saga that vividly re-imagines the life of young Nero in all its operatic, dramatic glory. Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling author of Lily of the Nile
  • Margaret George has an incredible talent in that she can stand in the shoes of her protagonist and speak in his or her voice. Barbara Taylor Bradford, author of The Cavendon Luck and A Woman Of Substance
  • “Like all of George’s novels, this one has great depth and detail and provides fresh insight even on familiar historical incidents.”

    Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling author

  • “George has performed about the most audacious act imaginable for a historical novelist—an epic work of fiction not merely sympathetic to Nero, but told largely in his own voice.”

    Jennifer Chiaverini, New York Times bestselling author

  • “George, champion of many a maligned historical personage, turns her talents to convincing readers that Nero has been unjustly portrayed. There can be no doubt that George meticulously researched her novel or that she deliberately set aside the ancient histories for a more complete, accurate picture of the era. Her tale is told through the believable actions and motivations of her characters. This is George’s genius: to convince readers that hers is the story they should believe, making them eagerly await the second part of Nero’s history.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

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About the Author

Margaret George specializes in epic fictional biographies of historical figures, taking pains to make them as factually accurate as possible without compromising the drama. Her bestselling Autobiography of Henry VIII continues to be popular, and The Memoirs of Cleopatra is the basis for the Emmy-nominated Cleopatra miniseries from ABC. All of her books have been bestsellers, with twenty-one foreign translations.

About the Narrators

Steve West, the winner of multiple Earphones Awards for narration, is an international actor who has starred on London’s prestigious West End stage, including productions of Mamma Mia! and Oh, What a Night! He is widely known for his television and film work in both the United States and the UK, and he has performed for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. He hosts his own television show for the UK live from Los Angeles.

Susan Denaker is an actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her extensive theater credits include numerous plays in the West End of London, national tours, many English rep companies, including a season with Alan Ayckbourn’s company in Scarborough. In the US, she has appeared in Our Town and Sweet Bird of Youth at the La Jolla Playhouse and Breaking Legs at the Westport Playhouse.

Katharine McEwan is an English-born actress and an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her theater credits include Private Lives at Long Beach Playhouse, The Verdi Girls at Laguna Playhouse, Night Mother at Stage Lee Strasberg, and Hamlet at the Next Stage. She has also appeared in numerous independent and Hollywood films.