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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,328 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colleen McCullough Narrator: F. Murray Abraham Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Masters of Rome Series Release Date:
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From the author of the captivating bestseller The First Man in Rome, the timeless saga of power, passion, and conflict in Ancient Rome continues.

The magnificent glory of Republican Rome is threatened when a struggle for power erupts among the men who shaped its hard-won peace. At its center are two extraordinary leaders: Gaius Marius, the general who saved Rome from Barbarian invasions, desperately trying to extend his reign for a prophesied and unprecedented seventh term as Consul; and Lucius Cornelius Sulla, once Marius’ most trusted right-hand man, now a dangerous rival hungry for his own taste of political success.

As the two men battle for position, they are surrounded by a new generation of statesman, soldiers, and lovers, from Senate intriguers and their ambitious wives to the child of destiny, Gaius Julius Caesar.

An absorbing tale of a Republic fighting for its survival in a world of treachery, barbarism, and never-ending war, The Grass Crown is a remarkable entry in Colleen McCullough’s brilliant and unprecedented series on the rise and fall of the world’s greatest civilization.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Big, sprawling, sweeping…epic…They don’t make them like this anymore.” 

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Fascinating…chilling…compelling…No less weighty or ambitious than its predecessor.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Magnificent…monumental…All the usual adjectives seem inadequate to described what Ms. McCullough gives us in this historical saga. Her combination of impeccable scholarship and lyrical prose makes The Grass Crown a pleasant orgy indeed—satisfying but leaving plenty of room for more.” 

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “McCullough spins a stupendous tale of love, lust, and murderous ambition.” 

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joann | 2/19/2014

    " Probably my favorite of the "First Man in Rome" series! If you can't come away from this loving Marcus Livius Drusus, you need to become a Republican! "

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

    " I loved this book as I did The First Man in Rome. It's upsetting to see the Roman Republic being destroyed by unscrupulous and ambitious men, but I can't change history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dorothea | 2/9/2014

    " The rise of Sulla is fascinating. The growth of Caesar is riveting. The tragedies of some families is hard to bear. This one is easier to read after The First Man in Rome got me accustomed to not having to be able to pronounce everyone's names in my head but rather just read & recognize. Maybe a book on tape would help me with that. But since I've read the series 3 times I suppose it really isn't an issue for me anymore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shala Howell | 2/2/2014

    " At last! A book from Colleen McCullough that both has great characters and a storyline that keeps my attention. Although I am slightly sad that I can no longer write McCollough off as someone who creates amazing characters who whisper in my mind for weeks, yet whose books are dull enough I can put them down for a month mid-read and not feel that I've lost anything when the characters finally convince me to put the books back up. It was such an interesting phenomenon. "

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