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I, Claudius (Dramatised) | [Robert Graves]

I, Claudius (Dramatised)

A full-cast dramatisation of Robert Graves' brilliant account of the madness and debauchery of ancient Rome, starring Tom Goodman Hill as Claudius and Derek Jacobi as Augustus. The wickedly entertaining inside story of the lives and deaths of the Imperial dynasty from Augustus to Caligula is told by their obscure relation, Claudius. In public, Claudius is a stammering, drooling weakling, whose reputation as an idiot keeps him safe from office and assassination.
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A full-cast dramatisation of Robert Graves' brilliant account of the madness and debauchery of ancient Rome, starring Tom Goodman Hill as Claudius and Derek Jacobi as Augustus. The wickedly entertaining inside story of the lives and deaths of the Imperial dynasty from Augustus to Caligula is told by their obscure relation, Claudius. In public, Claudius is a stammering, drooling weakling, whose reputation as an idiot keeps him safe from office and assassination. But in private, he's as sharp as they come, and keeps a secret history of everything he discovers. Until one day, as one of the few of his family left alive, he's acclaimed Emperor against his will. Can he save Rome from the corruption he's grown to detest?

Featuring Derek Jacobi (who won a BAFTA for his performance as Claudius in the acclaimed 1977 BBC television production) as Augustus, and with an all-star cast, this gripping dramatisation will enthral anyone who loves the decadence of Ancient Rome.

©2012 Robert Graves (P)2011 AudioGO Ltd

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    Melanie Portland, OR, United States 06-20-12
    Melanie Portland, OR, United States 06-20-12 Member Since 2007

    I love words that can take me into other worlds.

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    "Great Audio Theater"

    As a fan of both the book and the classic BBC TV miniseries starring Derek Jacobi, I couldn't resist trying out this audio drama version of I, Claudius--especially as it stars some of the great British theater actors, including Jacobi as Augustus, and it recently won an Audie Award for full cast recordings.

    What a great piece of audio theater it was! I was so drawn into the story, the characters, and the life of the early Roman Empire that I literally couldn't stop listening. (Since I normally listen as I walk, this was also quite good for my figure!) You find you don't miss the visual element at all--each character is clearly separate and your imagination paints the scene. Great story, great acting--who could ask for more?

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jaydeep Kolkata, India 09-03-12
    Jaydeep Kolkata, India 09-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Masterpiece"
    What made the experience of listening to I, Claudius (Dramatised) the most enjoyable?

    Unbeatable recording. Every nuance of the language and affliction is audible and extremely well executed. A completely immersing ride.

    There are times, when I didn't want the traffic to clear.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Romsey, Australia 07-10-13
    Andrew Romsey, Australia 07-10-13
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    "I, Claudius lover impressed with abridging"

    As a great fan of the books and the BBC adaptation for television, it was with some trepidation that I allocated last month's credit to an 'abridged' title. Lured by the presence of Derek Jacobi, a man marred only by his crackpot views on the authorship of Shakespeare's body of work, I was once again transported to Robert Graves' version of first century Rome. The voice-acting was superb, and I was only occasionally saddened that this or that part was missing. Mostly, I was having far too good a time to notice. Thanks very much for having this wonderful performance in your catalogue.

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    Linda Rarey Petaluma, CA United States 09-20-12
    Linda Rarey Petaluma, CA United States 09-20-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Audio Theater at its BEST"
    What did you love best about I, Claudius (Dramatised)?

    About to take my first trip to Rome, I chose this to get myself into the mood. It was a wonderful experience listening to these actors perform. I've never seen the PBS series, but I could picture it just listening to this performance of I, Claudius.


    Have you listened to any of Derek Jacobi and Tom Goodman Hill ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm a big fan of Derek Jacobi and I wish he had a larger part in this.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this book over several weeks. It's an easy book for car listening.


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