Caesar

  • by Colleen McCullough
  • Narrated by Michael York
  • 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is 54 B.C. Gaius Julius Caesar is sweeping through Gaul. While his victories in the name of Rome are epic, the conservative leaders of the Republic are not pleased -- they are terrified. Where will the boundless ambition of Rome's most brilliant soldier stop? He must be destroyed before he can overthrow the government and install himself as Dictator.
When Cato and the Senate betray him, Caesar resolves to turn his genius against his ungrateful country. Backed by a loyal and skilled army, he marches on Rome. But before reaching his goal, he must contend with Pompey the Great, a formidable adversary who underestimates the renegade Caesar.
These are tumultuous times -- for Caesar, who endures personal tragedies even as he wages war; for Pompey, who must wrestle with his fear that his greatness is at an end; for Cicero, whose luminous rhetoric is shattered by threat of violence; and for the citizens of Rome, whose destiny lies in Caesar's hands.
The fifth novel in Colleen McCullough's unforgettable Masters of Rome series, Caesar brings to life the passion and genius of an incomparable man.

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What the Critics Say

"McCullough is on fire . . . Caesar is one of her strongest and most fascinating characters." (San Francisco Chronicle

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Not "Abridged" but "BUTCHERED!"

This is the first and LAST "abridged" book I'll ever buy from Audible. Having read the original several times I can tell you that this butchered (there is no other suitable word FOR it) edition is a TRAVESTY! This should be an 18 hour book, not 6 hours! The first thing they did was excise Caesar's entire Gallic campaign! That's FIVE YEARS people! Colleen managed to turn the contents of Caesar's Commentaries (a complex document I have read dozens of times) into a wonderful, understandable, easy-to-follow adventure story that is interwoven with the Roman political machinations occurring simultaneously. One example of this abomination: The many pages dedicated to the magnificient story of the siege of Alesia, perhaps one of the *greatest sieges in military history*, ends up being TWO WORDS; "Vercingetorix surrendered!" Several other extensive historical events during the campaign are similarly dismissed with a couple of words or not even mentioned at ALL! What is left is a boring, truncated version of the politics occurring in Italy until Caesar finally crosses the Rubicon. I am wondering if Colleen McCullough had any say in this abridgement. I hope to God not, otherwise, I shall think much less of her from now on. Why does Audible even HAVE abridged books anyway!? When you see "abridged," think "censored, "cut to pieces," some jerk's idea of what's worth keeping and what is not! If you even CONSIDER an abriged book from Audible, you may as well just go out and buy a COMIC BOOK and save yourself some money! SHAME of you Audible! No, I will not be asking for my credit back; I wear the big boy pants, I rolled the dice and came up craps...my fault. I WILL however be suspending my account for awhile, perhaps a LONG while and see what Audible comes up with in the future. Again, SHAME!
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- Charles

Seems most heavily abridged of them all

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have found the series very interesting so if they didn't care to invest the time reading, I would recommend the audio books to get an outline of the stories.


Who was your favorite character and why?

I thought Pompey was a marvelously drawn character. More dimensional than Caesar.


What about Michael York’s performance did you like?

York is a wonderful reader. He gave Pompey a regional British accent to remind us of his origins outside of Rome and though it sometimes seemed a bit odd, it worked to remind me of this essential piece of information.


If you could rename Caesar, what would you call it?

Perhaps something alluding to the civil war.


Any additional comments?

This one really suffered from the abridgment.

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- jparroni

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-02-2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio