These are both well written - I,Claudius first and then this one. Great detail, excellent story and narration. My only note is that they are long and sometimes slow and too much story and details and you wish they would get one with it but overall great period piece.
Don't you just love a great story well told?
I'm writing this long past when I read it to mention that it was SO good and so interesting that it had a lasting impact on me. Any book that does that has to be worth enjoying. This man led an amazing life and describes epic events in Roman history, an amazingly clever intelligent person even though he was looked down upon because of his physical problems and lack of noble birth. Well narrated and edited, a worthy addition to anyone who loves non-fiction and knows that indeed truth can be far more wonderful than fiction.
QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!
I have had book my Audible Library for sometime, but for some reason or another I hadn't listen to it.
I didn't realize what a interesting book it was.
Those crazy Romans. You name it they did it, twice sometimes.
FYI: Even though this book is based on actual historical events. It is a book of fiction. It is very well written and the narrator was great.
I would recommend this book.
I sure learned a lot about Roman history from this book. I enjoyed it very much. Should you decide to read it, I suggest you write down each character and who he/she is, and the parents, etc., as you read because it is very easy to lose track of the characters in this book and how they each fit in.
Did you know that Caesar means "Head of Hair"? and Julius Caesar was bald! Just one of many facts I gleaned from the book.
The narrator, Nelson Runger, was good. There might be some better ones available, though, like Derek Jacobi. But I did enjoy Mr. Runger a lot.
It's astounding how horrible the Romans were. This book explains the reasons well and makes the listener, identifying with Claudius, feel safe from the violent family rivalries, since we know he's going to last until the end. Very entertaining.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
I enjoyed the intimate details about the various Ceasars. I got bored with the one person narrative after awhile. For so many salacious details it got pretty boring. I thought the PBS show was much better than the book it was based on.
Less description and more action.
I enjoyed Claudius and Calpurnia's interactions, especially when she lent him all the money he had paid her over the years.
Look into Bernard Cornwall's Roman books. I bet he will do much better.
This is a gripping tale of suspense and intrigue about the lives of the first Roman Emperors. Told from the perspective of the fourth emperor - Claudius - this historical fiction is a spectacular review of Roman history described in contemporary terms.
Every since Robert Graves first published this in 1961, it has been considered one of the best historical fictions. I remember rushing back home every Sunday in the 1980's to watch the BBC/PBS version that was being broadcast. I have a copy of the book and the TV series, but listening to this copy of the book reminded me just how much I enjoyed the story. Mr. Graves was a talented story teller, and from the beginning you are drawn completely into his historical world.
The narration is wonderful, and I highly recommend this as worth anyone's time. And don't forget the second half of the story - Claudius, The God
All the characters possess life. They want money and power; they behave like most people elsewhere. This book brings forth the human nature with all its contradictions and imperfections. Reading the Confession by Rousseau, he said that the live of Twelve Caesars had such a power over him that he lost his liking for novels. I could say the same thing about I, Claudius. The real people of Rome are so captivating that it is difficult to find imaginary characters who can be compared to them. We learn at the same time as we are informed about Roman History, in a way never told before, behind the official books, with all its secrets awaiting to be read by anyone sensitive enough to feel all there is of unique in it.
Claudius himself. All his intelligence, all the things he had to underwent, all types of humiliations, betrays by his four wives, especially the last two. I will read more books on Roman history only to know better that time, since Julio until Nero. After that I will read again this book, to compare what normal history has to say about such period and what Robert Graves wrote in his masterpiece. I also liked to understand the role played by Livia, August's wife; Herodotus and how cunning he was. Germanicus. Tiberius. Even Caligula has its place in his craziness
At first I thought he read too fast, but gradually I got used to his speed. His has a good voice and he puts a lot of emotion in his reading.
Herodotus. I found him to be the most intelilengent of them; perhaps Livia is as smart as him, but I would never dinner with her. She has a bad habit of placing poison in everything one eats. August would be another good choice, for he has a great deal to say about his time ruling. I also would never invite Caligula, Nero or Tiberious. They are good for nothing.
This book is one of the best, if not the best work of History I ever read in all my live, with the only exceptional of one terrific book written by German writer Spengler about culture in all civilizations, but they are very different types of books. I would strongly recommend Spengler because his is one of the most philosophical and artistic historians I ever found. There is only one man more pretentious than him: the author of beyond good and evil.
I've always loved this book, and have read it several times since seeing the BBC televised version years ago. An eminent classical scholar, Graves re-imagines the early Caesars as the ultimate dysfunctional British extended family, and having read his story, one finds it almost impossible to imagine them any other way.
I downgraded this reading by one point for a completely unfair reason: Nelson Runger doesn't do a bad job, but he isn't Derek Jacobi. (If you want Jacobi, you have to get the abridged version--a cruel choice that cost me a considerable amount of agonizing.) But once you start thinking of the ancient Romans as a dysfunctional British family, it's jarring to hear the story in an American accent.
One of my favorite books, one of my favorite series read by a disappointingly dull reader. No life to it. It is supposed to be a performance not reading a telephone book. No wonder it was a $4.95 "special".