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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Undiminished by production faults
This is the first audiobook to actually read like a book for me. I can’t stand audiobooks, I hate their dramatisation and their stumbled muttering. The narrator must have had classical training, his reading was as beautiful as a recital but did not distract at all from the content of the book. The understated dramatic voices were just perfect. It’s such a pity that the publisher didn’t do him justice. There were some errors in the recording, overlapping and skipping audio, but entirely ignorable for how good it was. Please put part 2 back online!
I don’t need to comment on the book itself since if you’re buying this you already know how good this series was. It’s the only historical series set in Ancient Rome that has actual people, in my opinion.
First man in Rome
This is a great audiobook. I see that they took down part 2 - possibly as there were download problems (repeating parts of chapters unexpectedly). Its is such a shame as it is a great reading of a fantastic book. I only wish they would do the rest of the series.