The stranger is a Sicilian, a victim of the island's corrupt Roman governor, Verres. The senator is Cicero, a brilliant young lawyer and spellbinding orator, determined to attain imperium - supreme power in the state.This is the starting-point of Robert Harris's most accomplished novel to date.
Compellingly written in Tiro's voice, it takes us inside the violent, treacherous world of Roman politics, to describe how one man - clever, compassionate, devious, vulnerable - fought to reach the top.
Sometimes it is foolish to articulate an ambition too early - exposing it prematurely to the laughter and scepticism of the world can destroy it before it is even properly born. But sometimes the opposite occurs, and the very act of mentioning a thing makes it suddenly seem possible, even plausible.
That was how it was that night. When Cicero pronounced the word 'consul' he planted it in the ground like a standard for us all to admire. And for a moment we glimpsed the brilliant, starry future through his eyes, and saw that he was right: that if he took down Verres, he had a chance; that he might - just, with luck, go all the way to the summit...'
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By Amazon Customer on 09-01-17
Superb story, utterly superb narration.
Takes you back to the politics of Rome, in a totally captivating story. An enthralling book, which must have been lovingly researched. It's a joy to listen to, as Bill Wallis is brilliant narrating it.
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By Kareem on 20-10-16
Possibly the best i have heard on audible so far
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Beautifully written book. I could visualize every scene as if i was there personally. As a person who was already familiar with what happened in this story, the author was able to keep me in suspense over what was going to happen.
What about Bill Wallis’s performance did you like?
Amazing performance!!! The best ive heard!! He manipulates his voice slightly as he switches between characters, but enough to make you feel each one.
If you could take any character from Imperium out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Tiro!! Who else but the narrator and the one who witnessed it all.
Any additional comments?
Great book for those familiar with this period or Roman history and those who are completely unfamiliar with it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Judy on 26-11-16
A Step Back in Time
Just goes to show you; human nature remains intact over the centuries.
Author Harris animates the politics and human foibles of ancient Roman civilization, while bringing to believable life the greatness of Cicero.
As noted by another reviewer, narrator Bill Wallis's pronunciation of uncommon terms is perfect. As always, his narration lends elegance to the printed word.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful