The Daughters of Palatine Hill

  • by Phyllis T. Smith
  • Narrated by Cristina Panfilio, Joyce Bean, Amy McFadden
  • 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Two years after Emperor Augustus's bloody defeat of Mark Antony and Cleopatra, he triumphantly returns to Rome. To his only child, Julia, he brings an unlikely companion - Selene, the daughter of the conquered Egyptian queen and her lover.
Under the watchful eye of Augustus's wife, Livia, Selene struggles to accept her new home among her parents' enemies. Bound together by kinship and spilled blood, these three women - Livia, Selene, and Julia - navigate the dangerous world of Rome's ruling elite, their every move a political strategy, their most intimate decisions in the emperor's hands.
Always suppressing their own desires for the good of Rome, each must fulfill her role. For astute Livia, this means unwavering fidelity to her all-powerful husband; for sensual Julia, surrender to an arranged marriage and denial of her craving for love and the pleasures of the flesh; for orphaned Selene, choosing between loyalty to her family's killers and her wish for revenge.
Can they survive Rome's deadly intrigues, or will they be swept away by the perilous currents of the world's most powerful empire?

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

WHAT A WONDERFUL BOOK!!!

This was so well-written; I was captivated fairly quickly. The book has three voices and each narrator did such a great job that I was frozen in place listening for what came next. The author did a splendid job; great research and fantastic characterizations - it was almost as if the characters were standing in front of me, performing just for me. At the end, my throat swelled up & it was all I could do to not to spill over in tears. This is a fantastic book!
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- Cat Maclachlan

Not much substance

What disappointed you about The Daughters of Palatine Hill?

As historical fiction goers, this one is pretty weak. It's set in Caesar's Rome, but aside from saying so, there are few details of life, environment, history, to support the claim. mostly seems to be about the rules of being a good wife and daughter, over, and over, and over again,


What do you think your next listen will be?

Murphy's Law and the Doll House


How could the performance have been better?

Though there are several narrators, they all speak overly slowly and distinctly, making for a wooden effect.


What character would you cut from The Daughters of Palatine Hill?

The characters are pretty interchangeable.


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- kmk

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-16-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio