Buying Options

Kindle Price: $16.76

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Buy for others

Give as a gift or purchase for a team or group.Learn more

Buying and sending eBooks to others

Select quantity
Buy and send eBooks
Recipients can read on any device

Additional gift options are available when buying one eBook at a time.  Learn more

These ebooks can only be redeemed by recipients in the US. Redemption links and eBooks cannot be resold.

This item has a maximum order quantity limit.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Kindle App Ad
Loading your book clubs
There was a problem loading your book clubs. Please try again.
Not in a club? Learn more
Amazon book clubs early access

Join or create book clubs

Choose books together

Track your books
Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free.
The Uncertain Hour: A Novel by [Jesse Browner]

Follow the Authors

Something went wrong. Please try your request again later.

The Uncertain Hour: A Novel Kindle Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 10 ratings

New from Used from

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Mac and Windows desktops

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Amazon Business: Make the most of your Amazon Business account with exclusive tools and savings. Login now

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This engaging historical novel opens in A.D. 66, with Roman aristocrat Titus Petronius planning his suicide. Emperor Nero has falsely implicated him in an assassination plot, and the high-born Petronius prefers suicide to dishonor. Setting his affairs in order, he organizes an elaborate banquet for his close friends before he retires to his quarters to open his veins. Between sumptuous courses, elevated conversation and bawdy verse, Petronius muses on his past, and philosophical reflections on the meaning of life accompany a string of flashbacks, many of which detail the former governor's romance with a centurion's wife, Melissa Silia. Reviewing his career, Petronius realizes more attention to his mistress and less to the temptations of ambition would have avoided this disaster. Meanwhile, at the banquet, the grief of a young friend who cannot accept Petronius's refusal to flee to safety threatens to spoil the mood. Browner (Turn Away) has done his homework, and his meticulous description of a Roman banquet and its attendant rituals, as well as his account of first-century Roman politics, letters and even clothing styles, is immediately immersive. Browner creates with considerable skill a snapshot of Roman life—and death. (June)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Jesse Browner is a writer and translator who lives in New York. He is the author of the novels Conglomeros (1992) and Turnaway (1996), and of The Duchess Who Wouldn't Sit Down, a widely praised history of hospitality in Western civilization. He has been a contributor to the New York Times Book Review, Food and Wine magazine, Nest magazine, New York magazine, and others.

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B004IK8FDC
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bloomsbury USA; 1st edition (January 15, 2011)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 15, 2011
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 804 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 228 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 10 ratings

Customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
4.4 out of 5
10 global ratings
5 star
4 star
3 star 0% (0%) 0%
2 star 0% (0%) 0%
1 star
How are ratings calculated?

Top reviews from the United States

Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2016
Verified Purchase
One person found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2011
Verified Purchase
Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2011
Verified Purchase
Reviewed in the United States on April 29, 2016
One person found this helpful
Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2007
6 people found this helpful
Report abuse

Top reviews from other countries

J.K. Currie
5.0 out of 5 stars One night in Cumae – una nox vigilanda
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 24, 2014
Verified Purchase
2 people found this helpful
Report abuse