First Man in Rome : Masters of Rome

  • by Colleen McCullough
  • Narrated by Stanley McGeagh
  • Series: Masters of Rome
  • 43 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first book in the epic Masters of Rome series.
Rome, 110 BC. A city which is home to Gaius Marius, prosperous but lowborn, a proud and disciplined soldier emboldened by his shrewdness and self-made wealth. It is also home to Lucius Cornelius Sulla, a handsome young aristocrat corrupted by poverty, a shameless pleasure seeker.
Two men of extraordinary vision, men of ruthless ambition, both blessed and cursed by the special favour of Fortune. Men fated to lay the foundations of the most awesome empire ever known and to play out a mighty struggle for power and glory - for Marius and Sulla share a formidable ambition: to become First Man in Rome.


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Customer Reviews

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great book BUT!!!!!!!!

this was a great book would have enjoyed it immensely if not for the worst editing job of all time,the sound quality was poor, each paragraph was spliced together with a word missing and there is a 10 min section were there are two conflicting tracks playing at the same time dose know body listen to these thing before there put on sale APPALLING!!! and criminally unprofessional.
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- matthew


What disappointed you about First Man in Rome, Part 1?

The narration is terrible!

What was most disappointing about Colleen McCullough’s story?

The story is fantastic! I have read it many times, and have the whole series in written form, its the narration that ruins a perfectly good book.

What didn’t you like about Stanley McGeagh’s performance?

Everything! It was totally monotone. I have never been so disappointed.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom! Listened to half a chapter switched it off and will never listen to it again.

Any additional comments?

Don't let this audio book put you off the series by Colleen McCullough. It truly is a great read. But buy the books and read them yourself. Alternatively if you really need it in audio form get a 4 year old to put it on a Dictaphone and then listen to it, as the performance will surely outshine that of Stanley McGeagh's.

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- J.C.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-10-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks