Grave's turns the lives of the first three empires of the Roman Empire into a soap opera. The book follows historical facts, but there are plenty of missing facts from the record that allows Graves to turn the book into a back door view of these people lives.
I would not read the book for historical correctness, but in general does follow what is known.
The reading is great, if you like voices from different characters, but they all have British accents.
I love books and I don't like to listen to the radio on the way to work. Now I can listen to books instead! I am in heaven.
I think so.
Claudius of course.
No. I have read it twice, and the audio was like listening to another story. It added to the experience.
Learn and like it. I, Claudius is a fine piece of historical fiction, in which the characters and events are historically accurate. Claudius begins life as an unwanted, physically impaired child of the royal family, who becomes emperor rather unexpectedly. Robert Graves uses a fictional autobiography of Claudius as a device to allow Claudius' story to be told in the first person, and does so well. Frederick Davidson's narration gives voice to Claudius which entirely suits the character: clever, kind, and at times even amused by the turmoil that surrounds him.
This is the UNabridged version of "I, Claudius". I've listened the the abridged version twice and enjoyed it very much even though I generally avoid abridgments. But I found the abridged version a little hard to follow in places, and bought the unabridged to fill in the gaps.
This book goes on and on and yawn ... the reader is very good and I'd like to hear him read something with a clearer narrative line, but the even he can't save this from soporific tedium. The book should have been called "I, Tiberius Claudius Drusis Nero Germanicus." I gave up after 90 minutes.