I would not recommend this *audible* book to a friend, even though I would recommend the *book*. I found the narrator's style to get in the way of the story, with a ridiculously affected manner that made the characters sound comical even when they should not (particularly when reading the parts of Augustus and Livia).
The book itself is good, although I didn't think it was as good as the books in the "Masters of Rome" series by Colleen McCullough or "Imperium" by Robert Harris.
I listened to the sequel, "Claudius the God" read by Nelson Runger (also from Audible.com) and found it vastly superior. "I, Claudius" is also available by Runger, so I highly recommend that instead.
The books discusses lots of basic economy principles and that is very well done and instructive, and does make you think about some things in new light. I felt that, while a liberal in social issues, I tended to be more conservative in economic terms and that has been strengthened with this book.
However, one of my motivations for reading it is to have a greater understanding of economy news such as the financial crisis and the Euro crisis, and I don't think I am closer to that than I was before reading this book. This is a problem I noticed with other introductory economy books; they dwell on the elegant abstract principles but don't help a whole lot in understanding the gritty details in real life.
Tom Weiner narration is great: elegant, without getting in the way of the content.
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