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Publisher's Summary

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.
©1990 Colleen McCullough (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By Eleanor on 03-17-14

Excellent - you'll be disappointed to have to stop

Would you listen to First Man in Rome, Part 1 again? Why?

Having already read the books in this series once, and now listened to Part 1 of The First Man in Rome on audiobook, I have to say I'd happily go through it all again. The only disappointment is that the whole series - or indeed, even the whole first book - isn't yet available.

A beautifully crafted story based largely on sound historical evidence, narrated at an excellent pace, with great attention to details such as character voices and a bit of a twinkle in the eye. Now to wait until the rest of the 8 part (I think) series is available on Audible...

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5 out of 5 stars
By Joshua Cameron-Maginness on 11-28-12

Brilliant and enjoyable way to enjoy history

If you could sum up First Man in Rome, Part 1 in three words, what would they be?

Colleen McCullough has written a brilliant series which really brings history to life and it's an amazing time in history - Western Civilisation down to today is shaped by the events told here. It's the story of the characters and events from the late days of the Roman Republic (through this and later books in the series), all the way to the days of Julius Caesar. While dialogue is created to fit the historical facts, Colleen has also drawn from known documents and incorporated these into the text. It's a masterful piece of work and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great story and/or loves history.

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1 out of 5 stars
By matthew on 05-28-13

great book BUT!!!!!!!!

this was a great book would have enjoyed it immensely if not for the worst editing job of all time,the sound quality was poor, each paragraph was spliced together with a word missing and there is a 10 min section were there are two conflicting tracks playing at the same time dose know body listen to these thing before there put on sale APPALLING!!! and criminally unprofessional.

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1 out of 5 stars
By J.C. on 02-11-15

Awful!

What disappointed you about First Man in Rome, Part 1?

The narration is terrible!

What was most disappointing about Colleen McCullough’s story?

The story is fantastic! I have read it many times, and have the whole series in written form, its the narration that ruins a perfectly good book.

What didn’t you like about Stanley McGeagh’s performance?

Everything! It was totally monotone. I have never been so disappointed.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom! Listened to half a chapter switched it off and will never listen to it again.

Any additional comments?

Don't let this audio book put you off the series by Colleen McCullough. It truly is a great read. But buy the books and read them yourself. Alternatively if you really need it in audio form get a 4 year old to put it on a Dictaphone and then listen to it, as the performance will surely outshine that of Stanley McGeagh's.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Nakia on 07-08-18

Technical issues throughout the second half

It's hard to really give a full review as the app skipped back and forth through chapters I tried on two completely different devices, deleted and redownload etxmc but it continued to happen throughout the entire book it added a good 3 hours to the listening time.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 02-28-18

Brilliant!

Would you listen to First Man in Rome, Part 1 again? Why?

This is a definite repeat listen. An epic tale, well researched and written, with a strong care for the real history of the last years of the Roman Republic.

What other book might you compare First Man in Rome, Part 1 to, and why?

This book compares favourably with other historical fiction novels, but in some ways does the job better. It does not rely on a fictional first person narrator and this maintains some of the authenticity of the story. On the same level of epic storytelling as Ken Follett's Kingsbridge series.

Any additional comments?

A pity the whole series has not been put into audio form. First Man in Rome only scratches the surface of this masterful series.

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