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Her life would be marked by scandal and suspicion, worship and adoration.…
At the tender age of 14, Livia Drusilla overhears her father and fellow aristocrats plotting the assassination of Julius Caesar. Proving herself an astute confidante, she becomes her father’s chief political asset - and reluctantly enters into an advantageous marriage to a prominent military officer. Her mother tells her, "It is possible for a woman to influence public affairs," reminding Livia that - while she possesses a keen sense for the machinations of the Roman senate - she must also remain patient and practical.
But patience and practicality disappear from Livia’s mind when she meets Caesar’s heir, Octavianus. At only 18, he displays both power and modesty. A young wife by that point, Livia finds herself drawn to the golden-haired boy. In time, his fortunes will rise as Livia’s family faces terrible danger. But her sharp intellect - and her heart - will lead Livia to make an unbelievable choice - one that will give her greater sway over Rome than she could have ever foreseen.
©2013 Phyllis T. Smith (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Fun Lovin Lady on 05-08-14

If you loved I, CLAUDIUS. You'll love this book!

I'm a huge fan of I, Cladius and Claudius the God by Robert Graves. So, when I heard about this book, I was really excited.
It is written in the same manner as Robert Graves' books. But, this time Livia gets her say.
GREAT BOOK! I recommend it to all historical fiction fans.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Patricia Hanlon on 06-04-14

Shallow, dull.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This might be good for a 13 year old girl who wants a romance with a little history thrown in to give it a plot and motives for the characters. The book covers only her life at about 15, and then pretty much ends after a few years of being Empress with Octavian. Insipid characterizations. No feeling of being in Rome.

What was most disappointing about Phyllis T. Smith’s story?

How shallow Livia and Octavian are. Like 16 year olds.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

It was all right, given the material.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from I Am Livia?

So much with her first husband and her very early years with Octavius, with no development of her subsequent life where, indeed, lots of people died who interfered with her.

Any additional comments?


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2 out of 5 stars
By Insomniac Cat on 07-26-15

Read the book instead

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I hated the voice of the narrator. At times it sounded like a computer-generated voice. The accent annoyed me, too.

What didn’t you like about Joyce Bean’s performance?

Her reading was robotic and, at times, too fast. She 'over-acted' the dialogue.

Any additional comments?

I was about a third through the book when I was offered a free trial of Audible, so I chose the same book to listen to. I could barely listen to a page. It was awful. It was far more enjoyable without the distraction of such a coarse voice. All I can add is please, don't let this put you off the book.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Aimee on 01-02-16

nice, but a little hollywood/generic

the narrator of this one kind of annoyed me with her slightly gravelly voice, and strange pauses. the story itself was simple but a bit unbalanced in terms of timeline, and perspective (Cleopatra was a ruthless seductress blah blah blah). Not much charisma to the character, but was relatively easy to listen to.

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