Dictator

Dictator

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016 | Unabridged
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Imperium . . . Conspirata . . . and now Dictator --the long-awaited final volume of Robert Harris's magnificent Ancient Rome Trilogy

At the age of forty-eight, Cicero--the greatest orator of his time--is in exile, separated from his wife and children, tormented by his sense of failure, his great power sacrificed on the altar of his principles. And yet, in the words of one of his most famous aphorisms, "While there is life, there is hope."

By promising to support Caesar--his political enemy--he is granted return to Rome. There, he fights his way back to prominence: first in the law courts, then in the Senate, and finally by the power of his pen, until at last, for one brief and glorious period, he is again the preeminent statesman in the city. Even so, no public figure, however brilliant and cunning, is completely safeguarded against the unscrupulous ambition and corruption of others.

Riveting and tumultuous, Dictator encompasses some of the most epic events in ancient history--the collapse of the Roman Republic and the subsequent civil war, the murder of Pompey, the assassination of Julius Caesar. But the central problem it presents is a timeless one: how to keep political freedom unsullied by personal ambition, vested interests, and the erosive effects of ceaseless, senseless foreign wars. In Robert Harris's indelible portrait, Cicero attempts to answer this question with both his thoughts and his deeds, becoming a hero--brilliant, flawed, frequently fearful yet ultimately brave--both for his own time and for ours.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, 2016
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780399567889
0399567887
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file: 13 hr., 45 min., 41 sec.) : digital
Additional Contributors: Rintoul, David 1948-

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AQUILEA777
Aug 02, 2016

A fine conclusion to Robert Harris' trilogy that began with IMPERIUM and CONSPIRATA. Wonderfully performed in this audio version. A dark reflection on the fate of republican institutions when fundamental laws are twisted to advance some popular cause like warrantless spying, gay marriage, or needless wars.
(Cicero's philosophical works, briefly mentioned in the novel, are better organized and more sensible than those of the Greeks.)

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JackPurcell
Jun 25, 2016

Middling well done historical fiction of the last days of the Roman Republic....Shakespeare's characters fleshed out as it were.

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TheresaAJ
Feb 08, 2016

Dictator is the last book in Harris' Cicero trilogy (Imperium, Conspirata). This volume finds Cicero just returning to Rome after promising to support his enemy, Julius Caesar. For 15 years, he works his way back up through the law courts, the Senate, and one brief shining moment as Co-Consul . Cicero is assassinated when the Republic collapses for good and Augustus ascends a throne as Emperor. Harris has written a political thriller based on ancient events that is chillingly close (minus the political assassinations in the Forum and on the streets) to today's political events.

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