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Publisher's Summary

Ancient Rome has been in a state of turmoil as the rival gangs of Publius Clodius, a high-born, populist politician, and his arch-enemy, Titus Milo, have fought to control the consular elections. When Clodius is murdered on the famed Appian Way and Milo is accused of the crime, the city explodes with riots and arson, and even the near sacrosanct Senate House is burned to the ground. As accusations and rumors fly, Gordianus the Finder, whose famed investigative skills and integrity make him sought after by all sides in the escalating conflict, is charged by Pompey the Great with discovering what really happened. Who is really responsible for Clodius' death? And should his murderer be despised as a villain or hailed as a savior of the Republic?
©1996 Steven Saylor (P)1996 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"In Steven Saylor's lively imagination, Rome - both glorious and grimy - is revived." ( Seattle Times)
"The plotting is deft and the action - both physical and intellectual - is nonstop." (
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2 out of 5 stars
By Edward G. Mitchell on 07-10-09

Great book, bad reader

I love Steven Saylor's books, I have read them all. So I was delighted to see this audio book in the Audible collection.

Unfortunately, I didn't check out the reader before purchasing the audiobook. The thought didn't even cross my mind as I am so use to having good readers on Audible.

The reader has a boring voice completely lacking any depth. He is unable to create different characters so I am constantly in doubt as to who is talking. Finally, his delivery is mechanical without any of the suspense or mystery that a good reader can offer.

My advice is to check out the audio sample for yourself. As for myself, I will stick with the actual books until a new reader comes through.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Elton D Graff on 08-30-09

the WORST cold read EVER!!!!

I am a major Steven Saylor fan. Love the work. You can not imagine my disappointment upon hearing the DRY, Cold read by Scott Harrison. He pauses between every sentance as if figuring out the next words. Fraught with misspronounced words, and half assed characterizations, I just could NOT listen any more. I WANT MY MONEY BACK!!!!!

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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