Mistress of Rome : Empress of Rome

  • by Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by Elizabeth Wiley
  • Series: Empress of Rome
  • 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Thea is a slave girl from Judaea, passionate, musical, and guarded. Purchased as a toy for the spiteful heiress Lepida Pollia, Thea will become her mistress' rival for the love of Arius the Barbarian, Rome's newest and most savage gladiator. His love brings Thea the first happiness of her life, but that is quickly ended when a jealous Lepida tears them apart.
As Lepida goes on to wreak havoc in the lives of a new husband and his family, Thea remakes herself as a polished singer for Rome's aristocrats. Unwittingly she attracts another admirer in the charismatic emperor of Rome. But Domitian's games have a darker side, and Thea finds herself fighting for both soul and sanity. Many have tried to destroy the emperor: a vengeful gladiator, an upright senator, a tormented soldier, a Vestal Virgin. But in the end, the life of the brilliant and paranoid Domitian lies in the hands of one woman: the emperor's mistress.


What the Critics Say

"This should make a splash among devotees of ancient Rome." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Kate Quinn's books are always great. mistress of Rome satisfies if you're looking for a long, well-written, gritty historical. so many characters you can root for (and some you can hate)...lots of surprise twists... and always excellent writing. the narrator does a fantastic job! sorry for my bad typing, writing on my phone.
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- Harold D. Doublename

Fantastic! Hope it's a series.

Great story that kept moving along with new twists and turns I didn't always see coming. The trick was that some of the plot WAS just as you'd expect, and just when you think you have it figured out, total surprise plot twist. Exceeded expectations because of expected similarities to other books, but the UNexpected kept me engrossed! Loved it.
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- John "LOVE reading but illness makes listening easier. Thanks audible, for pulling me back into life!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-10-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio