Imperium by Robert Harris audiobook

Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome

By Robert Harris
Read by Oliver Ford Davies  and Simon Jones

Simon & Schuster Audio

The Cicero Series: Book 1

12.60 Hours 1
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From the bestselling author of Fatherland and Pompeii, comes the first novel of a trilogy about the struggle for power in ancient Rome. In his “most accomplished work to date” (Los Angeles Times), master of historical fiction Robert Harris lures readers back in time to the compelling life of Roman Senator Marcus Cicero. The re-creation of a vanished biography written by his household slave and righthand man, Tiro, Imperium follows Cicero’s extraordinary struggle to attain supreme power in Rome. On a cold November morning, Tiro opens the door to find a terrified, bedraggled stranger begging for help. Once a Sicilian aristocrat, the man was robbed by the corrupt Roman governor, Verres, who is now trying to convict him under false pretenses and sentence him to a violent death. The man claims that only the great senator Marcus Cicero, one of Rome’s most ambitious lawyers and spellbinding orators, can bring him justice in a crooked society manipulated by the villainous governor. But for Cicero, it is a chance to prove himself worthy of absolute power. What follows is one of the most gripping courtroom dramas in history, and the beginning of a quest for political glory by a man who fought his way to the top using only his voice—defeating the most daunting figures in Roman history.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

From the bestselling author of Fatherland and Pompeii, comes the first novel of a trilogy about the struggle for power in ancient Rome.

In his “most accomplished work to date” (Los Angeles Times), master of historical fiction Robert Harris lures readers back in time to the compelling life of Roman Senator Marcus Cicero. The re-creation of a vanished biography written by his household slave and righthand man, Tiro, Imperium follows Cicero’s extraordinary struggle to attain supreme power in Rome.

On a cold November morning, Tiro opens the door to find a terrified, bedraggled stranger begging for help. Once a Sicilian aristocrat, the man was robbed by the corrupt Roman governor, Verres, who is now trying to convict him under false pretenses and sentence him to a violent death. The man claims that only the great senator Marcus Cicero, one of Rome’s most ambitious lawyers and spellbinding orators, can bring him justice in a crooked society manipulated by the villainous governor. But for Cicero, it is a chance to prove himself worthy of absolute power. What follows is one of the most gripping courtroom dramas in history, and the beginning of a quest for political glory by a man who fought his way to the top using only his voice—defeating the most daunting figures in Roman history.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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

Reviews

Reviews

by DWS 9/13/2017
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A Fantastic Story

This is my second review on Downpour and my second 5-star rating, perhaps prompting some to question my fairness and maybe others will think I'm a Downpour plant. I am not. I will say that Downpour has re-energized my thirst for books. If you have trouble plowing through long books with weak eyes, this audiobook company, using excellent professional readers, is the solution.

My first review was for Edward Rutherfurd's Paris. That book was closer to the book, Cloud Atlas, with its six separate plots coming together at the end. Rutherfurd is a master at complex fiction that goes down a completely accurate historical road.

Imperium is more like the Ryan Gosling movie, Drive. Just one main character and the plot remains crystal clear from start to finish. Virtually all of the story is about the rise of Marcus Tullius Cicero in Rome at the time of Pompey, Crassus, and Julius Caesar. You will enjoy the wonderful descriptions of Rome's various neighborhoods, the customs of the people, and the constant tension between the aristocrats and the plebes.

The story is brilliantly told by Cicero's personal secretary, a slave named Tiro. The existence of Tiro is also part of actual history as is his claim to inventing shorthand. Tiro is there with Cicero in all his ups and downs, loyal to the end, taking chances for his master and mentor.

If you're thinking this is a stodgy work, filled with unrealistic recreations of Roman life, you will be surprised to know it is a criminal defense lawyer's dream work, and politics aficianado's favorite reading. Cicero, a man of the people, both defends and prosecutes in his role as lawyer. The trials he goes through are exciting, filled with suspense, and anyone following all of the TV trials going on today in America will find the trials of Cicero as modern in vocabulary and just as exciting. In addition, I'd say the second major theme is how politicial campaigns were run in Roman times. Cicero's brother, Quintus, was his campaign manager, planning events and speaking engagements. The political intrigues are so exciting you won't want to leave the book until you know how things turned out.

This is the first of Robert Harris's Cicero trilogy. I am about to begin Conspirata, the second in the series, followed by Lustrum. Between Rutherfurd and Harris, I am having the time of my life.

Author

Author Bio: Robert Harris

Author Bio: Robert Harris

Robert Harris is the author of twelve novels, many of which have reached the New York Times bestseller list. Several of his books have been adapted to film, including The Ghost Writer. He has been a television correspondent with the BBC and a newspaper columnist for the London Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph. His novels have sold more than ten million copies and been translated into thirty languages.

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Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 12.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English