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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (185 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Judith Tarr Narrator: Grace Conlin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781455172146
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Cleopatra, queen of Egypt, was the most powerful woman of the ancient Mediterranean and the only person standing between Rome and its dominion over the world. She was wife to Julius Caesar and bore his only son. After his death, she took his greatest general, Mark Antony, as her lover and consort—and as her partner in a vast political enterprise. Together, they strove to unite Egypt and Rome under one throne.

Throne of Isis shows us an extraordinary woman wielding the power to which she was born. Here is the Cleopatra who took the throne of Egypt and held it, despite Rome, for nearly thirty years. Here is the woman who spoke twelve languages, studied philosophy and the arts, and could debate with the greatest scholars of the age. Here is the woman who fell in love with a man she meant to use. And here is historical fiction at its best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Some finely rendered details of Egyptian life and one spirited love affair.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Seduction, power, politics, and magic are the order of the day.”

    Library Journal

  • “A marvelously entertaining tapestry…Tarr never loses sight of the human side of history…Such memorable characters, settings, and situations make this a welcome addition to general fiction collections.”

    Booklist

  • “Conlin’s semi-voiced reading is slow, with a musical, bell-like quality that imparts a little magic of its own to what has been described as one of the world’s greatest love stories.” 

    Kliatt

  • “Tarr’s historical outline is unexceptionable, her wealth of cultural detail impeccable.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 7/5/2012

    " Tarr's well-researched look at Cleopatra's reign. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hirondelle | 11/27/2011

    " Read years and years ago, just thought of it because of another book I am reading which reminds me so much of this,.Hand of Isis . This is good, if not too memorable. A solid type of story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 11/19/2011

    " Good magical historical Cleopatra but not her best "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tricia | 10/29/2011

    " While it seems like a Cleopatra and Antony story, I found the relationship between Dione and Lucius to be more entjoyable. A beautiful love story of what was not meant to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 10/13/2011

    " Throne of Isis is set during Cleopatra's reign, though Cleopatra is not the main character. The setting serves as a backdrop for a romance between a Roman and an Egyptian. Tarr's book is very good, and she presents a very believable portrait of Egypt's infamous or famous last Pharaoh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 7/30/2011

    " A more fantastical historical fiction, set in Ancient Egypt. I only vaguely remember it, but I do remember that I had a lot of fun reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " Good magical historical Cleopatra but not her best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/31/2008

    " Throne of Isis is set during Cleopatra's reign, though Cleopatra is not the main character. The setting serves as a backdrop for a romance between a Roman and an Egyptian. Tarr's book is very good, and she presents a very believable portrait of Egypt's infamous or famous last Pharaoh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 2/5/2008

    " Tarr's well-researched look at Cleopatra's reign. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 2/3/2008

    " A more fantastical historical fiction, set in Ancient Egypt. I only vaguely remember it, but I do remember that I had a lot of fun reading it. "

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About the Author
Author Judith Tarr

Judith Tarr is the author of more than forty widely praised novels, including The Throne of Isis, White Mare’s Daughter, and Queen of Swords, as well as eight novels in the Avaryan Chronicles. A graduate of Yale and Cambridge, she holds degrees in ancient and medieval history and breeds Lipizzan horses at Dancing Horse Farm, her home in Vail, Arizona.

About the Narrator

Grace Conlin (1962–1997) was the recording name of Grainne Cassidy, an award-winning actress and acclaimed narrator. She was a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC, and won a Helen Hayes Award in 1988 for her role in Woolly Mammoth’s production of Savage in Limbo.