Pompeii by Robert Harris

Pompeii by Robert Harris (unabridged audiobook read by John Lee): I’m not usually much for historical fiction, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It is the well-known story of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, but told from a slightly different perspective: the engineer of the aqueduct, dealing with a drought, a pipe blockage, and strange smells of sulfur in the water. In addition to the science (which I found fascinating – Roman technology was amazing), there is plenty of personal and political intrigue to keep the plot rolling along. This fun little book made me want to learn more about Pompeii and the Roman Empire, which says a lot, considering I’d never given them much thought outside the occasional History Channel documentary. Definitely recommended if you’re in the mood for some good historical fiction.

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