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Robert Harris

Ancient Rome is the setting for the superb new novel from Robert Harris, author of the number one bestsellers Fatherland, Enigma and Archangel. Where else to enjoy the last days of summer than on the beautiful Bay of Naples. All along the coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas. The world's largest navy lies peacefully at anchor in Misenum. The tourists are spending their money in the seaside resorts of Baiae, Herculaneum and Pompeii. Only one man is worried. The engineer Marius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay. Springs are failing for the first time in generations. His predecessor has disappeared. And now there is a crisis on the Augusta's sixty-mile main line -- somewhere to the north of Pompeii, on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. Marius -- decent, practical, incorruptible -- promises Pliny, the famous scholar who commands the navy, that he can repair the aqueduct before the reservoir runs dry. But as he heads out towards Vesuvius he is about to discover there are forces that even the world's only superpower can't control. Pompeii recreates in spellbinding detail one of the most famous natural disasters of all time. And by focusing on the characters of an engineer and a scientist, it offers an entirely original perspective on the Roman world. From the Hardcover edition.

Ancient Rome is the setting for the superb new novel from Robert Harris, author of the number one bestsellers Fatherland, Enigma and Archangel. Where else to enjoy the last days of summer than on the beautiful Bay of Naples. All along the coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas. The world's largest navy lies peacefully at anchor in Misenum. The tourists are spending their money in the seaside resorts of Baiae, Herculaneum and Pompeii. Only one man is worried. The engineer Marius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay. Springs are failing for the first time in generations. His predecessor has disappeared. And now there is a crisis on the Augusta's sixty-mile main line -- somewhere to the north of Pompeii, on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. Marius -- decent, practical, incorruptible -- promises Pliny, the famous scholar who commands the navy, that he can repair the aqueduct before the reservoir runs dry. But as he heads out towards Vesuvius he is about to discover there are forces that even the world's only superpower can't control. Pompeii recreates in spellbinding detail one of the most famous natural disasters of all time. And by focusing on the characters of an engineer and a scientist, it offers an entirely original perspective on the Roman world. From the Hardcover edition.
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Ancient Rome is the setting for the superb new novel from Robert Harris, author of the number one bestsellers Fatherland, Enigma and Archangel. Where else to enjoy the last days of summer than on the beautiful Bay of Naples. All along the coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas. The world's largest navy lies peacefully at anchor in Misenum. The tourists are spending their money in the seaside resorts of Baiae, Herculaneum and Pompeii. Only one man is worried. The engineer Marius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay. Springs are failing for the first time in generations. His predecessor has disappeared. And now there is a crisis on the Augusta's sixty-mile main line -- somewhere to the north of Pompeii, on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. Marius -- decent, practical, incorruptible -- promises Pliny, the famous scholar who commands the navy, that he can repair the aqueduct before the reservoir runs dry. But as he heads out towards Vesuvius he is about to discover there are forces that even the world's only superpower can't control. Pompeii recreates in spellbinding detail one of the most famous natural disasters of all time. And by focusing on the characters of an engineer and a scientist, it offers an entirely original perspective on the Roman world. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Michael Cumpsty

Length:

5h 46m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:51


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:23


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:57


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:06


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:45


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:07


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:52


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:12


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:13


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:48


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:36


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:16


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:36


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:52


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:38


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:25


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:10


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:17


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:00


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:55


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:35


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:13


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:53


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:17


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:08


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:01


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:09


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:34


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:18


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:01


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:19


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:13


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:08


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:00


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:41


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:10


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:16


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:06


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:00


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:41


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:13


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:27


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:09


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:48


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:03


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:33


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:51


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:59


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:44


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:12


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:03


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:31


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:13


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:10


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:03


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:26


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:03


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:17


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:31


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:54


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:21