Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend us your ears: don't miss the first book, I, Claudius.
©1962 Robert Graves; (P)1987 Recorded Books
"This book, with or without its predecessor, is amusing and illuminating to a high degree." (The New York Times)
Claudius The God is good, but not quite up there with it's predecessor. It's written in the same style, but the subject matter is somewhat duller, and more depressing. Poor Claudius, like so many before and after him, learns that being absolute ruler isn't as fun as you'd think. Nelson Runger turns in the same excellent performance that he gave for the first book.
Graves is sometimes accused of over-sympathizing with Claudius, but I think this exaggerated. His Claudius is toned-down from Suetonius, to be sure, but if you read between the lines you get a similar picture: a very poor judge, a bad case of foot-in-mouth disease, mostly ruled by his wives and freedmen, and so forth. Seneca's Pumpkinification was rather mean-spirited, but not wholly wrong.
McCarthy king Martin Abercrombie Sanderson and Tolkien My favorite book as of 900 listened to ... Sutree
I read a review that said listening to this narrator made one believe that you were listening to Claudius himself , to me that is the best description I could make , and is high praise I couldn't recommend this book more
Also I loved the little digs in these books that basically say Homer wasn't the end all be all
A consistent continuation of the story. Great detail and excellent characterization. A fitting second volume.
Where did they get this narrator? He could not have been more ill-suited for the role. Voicing a Roman emperor, even one who was an awkward, half-crippled misfit, calls for a modicum of gravitas. This narrator sounds like some guy named Bill from Cleveland or Indianapolis.
I listened to the audiobook of "I, Claudius" and loved the story and the narrator, so I was looking forward to "Claudius the God." Foolishly, I assumed that the narrator of the latter, if not the same person, would be of similar quality, so I didn't listen to the audio sample before purchasing the audiobook. Learn from my mistake.
I had to work a bit to get into this one but I don't know much about Roman history. This was a great intro. Runger did a stand up job, very solid. On to the sequel.
this story was incredibly slow. After 4 hours, i said
shorten it by 8-10 hours
disappointment that I wasted my monthly credit on this snoozer
I will never buy another book from this author. the stories are too long and tedious. only buy this if you can't sleep and need 'white noise' as background
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