Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2003
CS ISBN 0739307886 $25.95 Four cassettes
CD ISBN 0739307894 $29.95 Five CDs
Author Harris steeps listeners in the color, culture, and passions of ancient Pompeii in the days just before the eruption of Vesuvius. Michael Cumpsty aptly voices this historical novel, bringing intelligence and dramatic tension to a story bursting with emotional extremes and cultural extravagance. Production values are high, clearing the way for listeners to enjoy the struggles for power and survival in a sophisticated, if self-indulgent and corrupt, era. Cumpsty delivers nuances of class, caste, and relationships in ancient times. The listener's knowledge of the destruction to come adds palpable tension to his portrayal of this lost, but not forgotten, city. D.J.B. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/ JUL 04]
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