• von Robert Harris
  • Sprecher: John Lee
  • 10 Std. 1 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried. The young engineer Marcus Attilius 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 of Naples. His predecessor has disappeared. Springs are failing for the first time in generations. 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. Attilius promises Pliny, the famous scholar who commands the navy, that he can repair the aqueduct before the reservoir runs dry. His plan is to travel to Pompeii and put together an expedition, then head out to the place where he believes the fault lies. But Pompeii proves to be a corrupt and violent town, and Attilius soon discovers that there are powerful forces at work threatening to destroy him.
With his trademark elegance and intelligence, Robert Harris, best-selling author of Archangel and Fatherland, re-creates a world on the brink of disaster.



"Harris' volcanology is well researched, and the plot...keeps this impressive novel moving along toward its exciting finale." ( Publishers Weekly)
"With rich historical details and scientific minutiae, Harris vividly brings to life the ancient world on the brink of unspeakable disaster." ( Booklist)
"Brilliantly done. Explosive stuff, indeed." ( Daily Telegraph)
"John Lee's intelligent performance makes Pompeii more than a run-of-the-mill disaster story....Lee makes even the dank tunnels of an aqueduct fascinating." ( AudioFile)


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Geschichte zieht sich teilweise etwas ereignislos

das Buch ist gut vorgetragen, allerdings hat es doch einige "Dehnfalten" und die Spannung bleibt weitestgehend auf der Strecke. Meiner Meinung nach das schwächste Robert Harris Buch.....kein Vergleich zu Officer/Spy zum Beispiel....
Lesen Sie weiter...

- Georg-Marcus

not worth listening

Unfortunatly this is one of the worst audio books I ever listened to.
The reading is very poor - it is read like a Shakespeare poem which does not fit to a novel.
Lesen Sie weiter...

- Cornelia

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 21.11.2003
  • Verlag: Books on Tape