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The fourth volume in the acclaimed Emperor series, in which Conn Iggulden interweaves history and adventure to recreate the astonishing life of Julius Caesar - an epic tale of ambition and rivalry, bravery and betrayal.
©2006 Conn Iggulden (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By James on 02-11-10

Changed the Reader!

A brilliant series. My only gripe is that they switched readers for the second half of the series and he pronounces all of the character names differently which jars as he reads: Servillia becomes Serwillia; Octavian becomes Octarwian.

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4 out of 5 stars
By @stupotpot on 12-03-15

Dodgy pronounciation!

Narrator consistently mispronounces characters. Although this may be historically more accurate, it is distracting considering previous narrators have set precedents. Very off putting.

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2 out of 5 stars
By peter on 13-05-18

A LOT DISAPPOINTING

I usually like Conn Iggulden's writing: his first novels were excellent and the Wars of the Roses books were very entertaining. Unfortunately, I came to this Caesar series after I had read Colleen McCullough's awesome Masters of Rome series, and the historical inaccuracies and outright plot-device inventions totally spoiled the listening experience. Colleen gives all her characters depth and credibility, apparently by extensively exploring their historical backgrounds and documented actions to extract an author's sense of motivation and complexity for her characters. Conn on the other hand has paper-mache characters who have little depth at all: Caesar, Brutus, Pompey, Cleopatra etc - these are non-fictional people whose names and reputations have survived for more than 20 centuries but in this reworking of a series of well documented events they resemble secondary characters in a TV soap opera and therefore would hardly survive the next commercial break.

On the other hand if you know nothing or little of the period and have no urge to find out more than the bare dramatic details then you wont be disappointed.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 19-07-15

Good story, fair story teller

Caesar's story is compelling. The narrator is a little stiff, the pronunciation of names sounds contrived.

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