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Having never seen the famous 1970s television series based on Graves' historical novel of ancient Rome and being generally uneducated about matters both ancient and Roman, I wasn't prepared for such an engaging book. But it's a ripping good read, this fictional autobiography set in the Roman Empire's days of glory and decadence. As a history lesson, it's fabulous; as a novel it's also wonderful. Best is Claudius himself, the stutterer who let everyone think he was an idiot (to avoid getting poisoned) but who reveals himself in the narrative to be a wry and likable observer. His story continues in Claudius the God.
Starred Review. Graves's legendary tale of Claudius, a nobleman in the corrupt and cruel world of ancient Rome during the rule of Augustus, Tiberius and Caligula, is a truly compelling listening experience. Derek Jacobi returns to the role that defined his career when he starred in the 1976 Masterpiece Theatre miniseries I, Claudius. Jacobi is so strong in this role, it seems created especially for him. Jacobi's compelling voice demands his audience's undivided attention from start to finish and in doing so delivers an unforgettable performance as Claudius yet again. So incredibly personal is Jacobi's performance that listeners feel almost as if eavesdropping on someone's private life, which only draws us deeper into this gem of modern literature. (Aug.)
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Don't expect the literary version of PBS's famous TV series here. The writing is somewhat stilted, not much real dialogue, some confusion regarding who's who. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kevin P. Twine
ROMAN COLLAPSE IN PART DUE NOT FINDING A WAY TO TRANSFER POWER WITHOUT MURDERPublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great book. I highly recommend it.
In my case, I watched the TV series before reading the book, so I had a face and a voice in my mind for each of the... Read more
I had high hopes for this novel. It's even considered by some to be among the best 100 novels in the English language. Unfortunately I found it unbearable. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Andrea Franco
Two masterpieces in one volume--nobody who claims to be a fan of Roman history should neglect to read these seminal novels, which in turn inspired one of the greatest TV series of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeffery Kwasniewski
This famous novel is a bit tedious and day to day details of ancient life not so accurate. However it is interesting story, at times entertaining.Published 1 month ago by Susan Iannaccone