Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore

  • by Stella Duffy
  • Narrated by Davina Porter
  • 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Roman historian Procopius publicly praised Theodora of Constantinople for her piety-while secretly detailing her salacious stage act and maligning her as ruthless and power hungry. So who was this woman who rose from humble beginnings as a dancer to become the empress of Rome and a saint in the Orthodox Church? Award-winning novelist Stella Duffy vividly recreates the life and times of a woman who left her mark on one of the ancient world's most powerful empires. Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore is a sexy, captivating novel that resurrects an extraordinary, little-known figure from the dusty pages of history.

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What the Critics Say

"A bravura performance: a witty, moving, sexy book that bursts with as much color and excitement as the city of Constantinople itself." (Financial Times)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Eh....

I am a Byzantine enthusiast and had higher expectations. This is a very difficult period of history to write about so I'll give the author some credit. Extinct religions were mainstream back then, yet the author managed that tricky exposition rather well. Some of the historic elements were mostly researched and well organized. But the book seems to summarize characters and events rather than penetrate that world. The people and places are very much at arms-length. Also, the author decides to just invent a modern lesbian spin on Theodora that seemed dreadfully forced and out of place. Ah well, average all around.
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- Doug

So-So

Historical Fiction that has a lot of fiction and not much history. Davina Porter is the best thing about this book but in the end I really didn't care about the characters
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- Kathy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-24-2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio