The way various histories (Suetonius in particular) were carefully joined into a good tale. It was both enjoyable and scary because...
One almost forgets that there is more than a little bit of fiction thrown in to this tale. However the author does a superb job of reminding us where we must accuire our discerning knowledge of history when he creates a scene in which Livy and Polybius contend for the honorific of being the prefered style of history and Polybius wins the argument due to the fact that, although he lacks some style, he is the most accurate.
I did not care for the sequel to this book "Claudius the God" because he goes a step to far with the artistic license and makes the protagonist such a menial character.
Story: This is nice fictionalization of a historical person. The work weaves the personal, societal, cultural, and strategic threads of the early Roman Imperial period through the recalled memories of a Roman Emperor. Unlike the television mini-series, the book ends at his ascension to the throne versus the series which ends at near his death.
Production: The reader does an excellent job and the production effects are good.
I like to listen to audio books whilst mountain biking.
I chose this book as I am working through a Christopher Hitchen's reading list. In essence, a fictional "autobiography" by Claudius (Tiberius Claudius Drusus Germanicus) based on historical accounts of the lives of the protagonists. Brutality and cruelty abound, but very educational and quite funny in places. I give it a thumbs up!
Frederick Davidson narrates this book wonderfully. His Caligula was my favorite, followed closely by the voiced Claudius himself. If you listen carefully with headphones you can hear him turn the pages, but never miss a beat. A true master. RIP.
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.