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Saylor is well known and loved for his exceptional ancient Roman murder mysteries. This is not one of them. Most of the less than loving reviews here seem to relate to this main point. Neither is this an exhaustive description of 1000 years of pre-empire Roman history.
Instead, Saylor has focused on showing the reader what it would have felt like to live as a Roman during the period extending from Rome's founding through the beginning of the empire. He certainly does hits some of the major historical events, but doesn't focus on pouring facts down your throat. Instead, he concentrates on giving the reader an impression of how a Roman would have lived, how he or she would have seen the world around them, and reacted to things around them, and what kind of sense they would have made of the world.
All-in-all, Saylor has done a truly fantastic job. The story drags a bit at times, but what thousand year long story wouldn't? The narrator is fantastic, and the material is wonderful. If you enjoy stories of Ancient Rome, listen to this one.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
YES!! I completely recommend this to any of my friends who enjoy history.
What did you like best about this story?
I loved how all of Romes history could be tied in by following a heirloom. (It's just extra awesome it's a penis pendant.)
What about John Lee’s performance did you like?
His voice is just perfect!
Who was the most memorable character of Roma and why?
Probably the Fascinus, even though it's not really a character. It's the penis with wings pendant that the family passes down from generation to generation.
Any additional comments?
While listening to this I felt as if I knew the Potitius & Pinarius families. Fabulously written!
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