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I have always wanted to know more about Rome, than the simple 1 or 2 pages they usually put in the history books. This book and part 1 are extremely detailed in their coverage of Rome's History from beginning to end. And even for all the detail it was very engrossing.
The audio itself was very clear and easy to listen too. The narrator has a good voice and a compelling way of tell the History.
An excellent audiobook.
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I was looking for a reasonably comprehensive history not just of the "decline and fall" of Rome, but of its rise as well. I was particularly interested in the final years of the republic, which occurred prior to the zenith of Roman power.
Volume 1 was exactly what I was looking for, but I couldn't stop there; I needed to get the rest of the story in Volume 2. In both books, I found the writing clear and the narration spirited. I found this survey to be just the right level of detail in order to permit the reader to see similarities with events of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Start with Volume 1, though, particularly if you live in the United States. The rise of the Roman republic and its surprisingly incremental transition into its imperial phase is a story that resonated in alarming ways for me.
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