Anybody who is interested in the history of Rome might want to check out Mike Duncan’s History of Rome podcast. While it is no substitute for reading books, it is something you can have playing in the background while you are doing other things, like programming or reading. You could also stick the episodes on your favorite portable player (You’d have to convert them to Vorbis format first).
It’s really good for those who want an introduction to the history of Rome, before moving on to more in-depth study. It could also help those who find it difficult to learn by reading. Listen to the podcast episodes before you read your books. It just might help.
I like to listen to something in the background while I’m programming. I’ve found a lot of interesting podcasts that work perfectly for me, one of them being The History of Rome.