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Fascinating look at Roman history, from the rise of Julius Caesar through the triumph of Octavius. It's true, as others have said, that the title is somewhat misleading: the book's canvas is huge. On the other hand, Cleopatra - if not Antony - is the glue that holds it together. Despite its epic story, the book never loses sight of the telling detail or the fascinating personal anecdote. You may get more than you bargained for, but it's interesting throughout, definitely a book I will go back to in the future when I want to refresh my memory about this period in history.
Suzanne Toren's narration is straightforward: professional rather than emotional, but clear and easy to listen to.
If you're looking for a biography of Cleopatra herself, Stacy Schiff's book might be a better choice. On the other hand, my impression - although it's been a long time since I read Schiff's book - is that this one covers much of the same information, with less speculation, and with a larger context.
My only real complaint is that the audiobook refers several times to a forensic reconstruction of Cleopatra's face, and it's clearly a highlighted feature in the print version; but the PDF that accompanies the audiobook doesn't include it.
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