If you like your protagonists fearless, mean and uncompromising, look no further.
Dionysius is the fourth-century Carthaginian tyrant of this audiobook's title and Manfredi's skills make us realise just how universal and timeless human characteristics are. Little has changed - just the languages, states, superpowers. Thirst for power, ambition, cruelty, resourcefulness, the instinct for revenge, and even the need for romantic love all drive this fascinating man, and his story of conquest and subjugation grabs the imagination from first to last. Don't let the historical period deter you: Dionysius and his ilk are amongst us now.
If you haven't read or heard anything by Valerio Massimo Manfredi before, then you are in for a real treat. Derek Jacobi is a superb reader and the subject-matter of Tyrant suits his commanding patrician tone perfectly.
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