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4.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 54.25 out of 5 4.25 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margaret George Narrator: Donada Peters, Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN: 9781415936252
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Bestselling novelist Margaret George brings to life the glittering kingdom of Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile, in this luch, sweeping, and richly detailed saga. Told in Cleopatra's own voice, this is a mesmerizing tale of ambition, passion, and betrayl, which begins when the twenty-year-old queen seeks out the most powerful man in the world, Julius Caesar, and does not end until, having survived the assassination of Caesar and the defeat of the second man she loves, Marc Antony, she plots her own death rather than be paraded in triumph through the streets of Rome.

Most of all, in its richness and authenticity, it is an irresistible story that reveals why Margaret George's work has been widely acclaimed as "the best kind of historical novel, one the reader can't wait to get lost in." (San Francisco Chronicle).

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa | 2/14/2014

    " This was a good read, but I feel that it would have been much much more enjoyable if it had been about 300 or 400 pages shorter. It feels like every single breath that Cleopatra takes is described in excruciating detail, and I think a lot of the little details could have been cut out and the novel wouldn't have suffered for it. There are certain scenes that I felt warranted the excessive detail (ex. the first time she meets Cesear), but for the most part there was just overkill of detail. There is a section where George spends almost 3 pages trying to say the Cleopatra went for a swim. This swim is just a swim, it doesn't further the plot in any way, so why even mention it? Let alone spend 3 whole pages describing a pointless event. But if you have a lot of time on your hands and find Cleopatra interesting then I'd recommend this novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 2/13/2014

    " The third MG work I read, having read Henry VIII and Mary Queen of Scots. I wasn't disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron Benarroch | 2/11/2014

    " Easy going book but likeable to read. I'd like to read more like this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 2/5/2014

    " Ye, gods! This is not a book for the faint of heart. Or for those who have trouble lifting heavy objects. I came so close to ditching this book so many times. Only the thought of all that time coming to nothing kept me going. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 2/4/2014

    " Great historical fiction! I love this book. I really felt as though I was living in Cleopatra's Alexandria palace, floating down the Nile, being charmed by Ceasar and Antony. Long book, but definatly worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M | 1/25/2014

    " I love the way this is written. Cleopatra is such an interesting historical figure to me, and there is always so much speculation about her. I enjoyed Margaret George's first-person perspective. It made Cleopatra that much more intriguing to me. I liked this book, and will read more books by her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ange | 1/21/2014

    " What a beautifully written, delicious book. I slowly enjoyed this book. It was extremely long but definitely worthwhile. The writing was so rich and detailed that I could imagine that I was in Alexandria or Rome or any other places Cleopatra traveled too. It was very difficult to read the last few hundred pages knowing what was going to happen, but I got over it and finally finished it. I would recommend this memoir to anybody interested in a thorough and up close and personal view into what it was like to be Cleopatra. What an amazing woman she was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haania | 1/17/2014

    " This book is close to 1000 pages long, but it's an easy and intriguing read. It's fiction, but told from the viewpoint of Cleopatra. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alissa | 12/20/2013

    " This was the first Margaret George book I read and it just set the stage for all the great books to follow! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Serena | 11/20/2013

    " I was sucked in and didn't want to leave. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 10/3/2013

    " Awesome, sweeping tale. This book totally transported me back to ancient Egypt and even taught me a thing or 2 (or 200) along the way. I highly recommend for those who love historical fiction that's more history than fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi | 9/4/2013

    " Imaginative telling of Cleopatra's life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 8/6/2013

    " Very long, but it holds your interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 7/23/2013

    " Margaret George just needs to come live with me:) I have always been fascinated by Cleopatra... because people have so many misconceptions of her... like did you know she was really greek:) I love George's writing.. author of the Mary Magdalene book... She creates tapestries out of words... LOVE IT! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 2/3/2013

    " I love al of Margaret George's historic novels! Excellent, excellent!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 6/4/2012

    " I read this a month or two ago, and I'm glad I waited to write the review because it is telling how the story and characters have stuck with me in the past weeks. It is an undertaking, but it is worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mikhal | 12/6/2011

    " very informative. hard to just keep in your hand and read all day. but great history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri Scoffield | 12/4/2011

    " I enjoyed this book (thanks, Brit)... a little long, but I am fasinated with this woman. I'll read more about her. Any suggestions? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 11/23/2011

    " Very long, and a lot of detail. But overall I loved it simply because I love the time period. I was a little upset that the ending was not exactly the same as the beginning to Cleopatra's Daughter. But that's my problem, I want historical fiction to be more historical than fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.paille3 | 6/30/2011

    " Absorbing! When I started this monster of a book I thought to myself "I will be reading this forever" I was done in a week! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Red | 5/17/2011

    " This book is wonderful. Great narrative, great voice, and very well researched. I have read a few other novels about Cleopatra, but none have come close to this one. I like it because Margaret George really gives us a sense of Cleopatra the woman, rather than just the legend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 5/2/2011

    " I'm one of those "odd" people who enjoy a nice, long book. And I loved this one-it's the first of George's books that I've read and I'm looking forward to more... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 4/23/2011

    " This one took me a couple of tries before being able to get really into it. Once I was able to get past chapter 1 it was a really good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 4/20/2011

    " Loved this book... A refreshing look that brings these powerful characters to life. What a great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicol | 4/11/2011

    " Loved it. Received for Christmas 2010. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 4/8/2011

    " I thought this book was incredible. Granted, it helps to like Cleopatra but this book reads so true and flows so well that more than once I forgot that it was a *story* and that, no, we DIDN"T actually know what Cleopatra and Marc Antony were discussing over dinner... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 4/5/2011

    " This was an excellent book. It includes much of the history of Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, and Mark Antony. It was interesting and entertaining reading and I was always anxious to see what would happen next. This is almost 1000 pages, but it was such a good book I'll probably read it again some day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 3/27/2011

    " I love al of Margaret George's historic novels! Excellent, excellent!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kammera | 3/25/2011

    " This was a hefty read, but truly satisfying. George adds her research notes at the back of the book to explain how she chose certain aspects of her novel, such as what Cleopatra would look like. Loved this book for a great relaxing summer read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 3/20/2011

    " Amazing read, full of good details of the kind of woman Cleopatra most likely was, it starts off from a young girl facing the death of her mother to her death. She was the most powerful woman in her time, when Rome was at its greatest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kara | 3/15/2011

    " It started off a great book, but once it got toward the end I had a really hard time reading through the battles. Antony is a freaking mess and I have to say that I couldn't even finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Makaia | 3/1/2011

    " I loved it, and though it's a mega-tome I reread it whenever practical. George's grasp of the history is impressive, yet none of the story or its characters are lost in the tiny accurate details or scenery. "

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About the Author
Author Margaret George

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 Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.