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3.99977856510186 out of 53.99977856510186 out of 53.99977856510186 out of 53.99977856510186 out of 53.99977856510186 out of 5 4.00 (4,516 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Graves Narrator: Nelson Runger Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781436111850
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Claudius has survived the murderous intrigues of his predecessors to become, reluctantly, Emperor of Rome. Here, he recounts his surprisingly successful reign: how he cultivates the loyalty of the army and the common people to repair the damage caused by Caligula; his relations with the Jewish King Herod Agrippa; and his invasion of Britain. But the growing paranoia of absolute power and the infidelity of his promiscuous young wife, Messalina mean that his good fortune will not last forever. In this second part of Robert Graves’ fictionalized autobiography, Claudius—wry, rueful, always inquisitive—brings to life some of the most scandalous and violent times in history.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chap | 9/6/2017

    " Claudius the God is the follow-up to I, Claudius. Quite Frankly not as good as the first novel but interesting enough. I mean, how can you read part one of a story and not read the continuation of the story. Especially if you really liked the first part. I remember something that a tour guide in Rome said to the group. There were 99 emporers of Rome in history. Three of them were actually good. Cladius was one of them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Belinda | 2/14/2014

    " see my review for I, Claudius : From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B.C., Murdered and Deified A.D. 54 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Britney | 2/12/2014

    " I liked this book, not as much as I, Claudius though. I really wanted things to end better for Claudius. But I suppose he did outlive all his other relatives so I guess that is saying something. What I liked more about the previous novel is that there seemed to be much more intrigue and suspicion. Plus, while Messalina was pretty nasty, she was no match for Livia. This book seemed to focus mostly on political things and it started to drag. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 2/11/2014

    " The books, like the miniseries, are less interesting without Livia around, and the whole thing with Messalina was just painfully drawn out; loved the invasion of Britain, though, and the primary texts at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/10/2014

    " This book is chalked full of Roman/Greek and general European history, but written in a first person style. Similar to the mini series which I have watched repeatedly, it is written as though Claudius himself is the author. I really enjoy the story, but it goes into just a bit too much detail that although interesting, it doesn't hold my attention. I would need to have better knowledge of the history of Rome to fully appreciate the details. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janis | 2/7/2014

    " The rest of the saga...Claudius tells the story of his reign as reluctant emperor in this absorbing and fascinating book. I am now entirely hooked on ancient Rome! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/28/2014

    " Continuing story of the Emperor Claudius and his dysfunctional family. Excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike (the Paladin) | 1/27/2014

    " Great follow up. This is a good set of books, very readable. This is a historical fiction that will brin Claudius and all those around him to life. I read it after I'd seen the BBC production years ago. While the books are far better I'm greatful to the special for letting me know they were out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Robbins | 1/19/2014

    " Messalina reminds me of an old girlfriend. She makes for a good story...and I mean both Messalina and Lorraine. Duplicitous and conniving. In one scene Messalina goes "camping" alone with a "friend" the night before "Claudius" comes back from a long trip to "Ostia." Wait, what? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Damion | 1/15/2014

    " This book is a great companion to go with the first one and it follows and flows just as well as the first. It's lacking in the excitement of the first as it is a little mellower (not that it's an "action" story) but it's still great. I felt for Claudius and some of the other people as well. Hatred, love, contempt, sadness and joy at their death because of their treachery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 zzzz | 1/11/2014

    " I liked the book overall, but the ending was so depressing... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 1/9/2014

    " brilliant!!!!!!!!!!! best 2 book series suggestion of nick and jess ever! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 1/7/2014

    " Continuation of I, Claudius. Good but not quite as good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick Artazu | 1/4/2014

    " One of my favorite authors. The enormous amount of historical detail may be off-putting to some. I call these people "losers". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Ernster | 12/28/2013

    " As good as the first "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 12/27/2013

    " Claudius' decline into madness (or not?) and his evil wife Messalina take the stage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 12/18/2013

    " Brilliant. Followed on from Derek Jacobi's I Claudius - shame it was abridged - I could have listened for ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matimate | 12/9/2013

    " I was thinking how to describe this historical novel and frankly said it is hard to do so. Robert Graves focused his two novels on one of the most interesting person who ruled the Roman empire. Man who was survivor in the environment where others perishes so easily he maneuvered so skillfully partly due the fact the everybody considered him to be stammering idiot not even worth of killing in power struggles and yet Claudius crisply made his observation about people around him and about the fact that he saw his relatives dying and fighting each other. The vivid picture of the gluttony and darkness of the court of the roman emperors is masterfully presented and drags reader closer, perhaps more closer then reader wants. Even in the death of Claudius is strange irony. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 12/8/2013

    " Might be even better than "I, Claudius" if that's possible (which it might not be). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 12/7/2013

    " Not quite as good as I, Claudius, in that it's less about treachery and murder and incest, and more about how to run an empire without being a complete bastard, but still very entertainingly told. If you read the first one, which you should, you should read this one too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy Connell | 11/11/2013

    " Just as good as the first half. If you have any interest in Roman history you should check these two out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 10/24/2013

    " I liked this book a lot. Very different than the BBC series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Garrick | 10/18/2013

    " Also, very funny. And brilliant in its own way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 D-day | 10/14/2013

    " Not as good as 'I Claudius' but still good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susannah | 8/11/2013

    " This book is fantastic. Definitely recommended to anyone who loves Ancient Rome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan | 8/4/2013

    " Just as good as the first part in the series, "I, Claudius". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hector Hernandez | 7/23/2013

    " Amazing...but you have to be patient with the tens of pages of rather dry structuring of roman beurocracy. But the story is amazing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judi | 7/4/2013

    " After reading I Claudius I had to follow it with this one. I was not disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Gilbert | 6/6/2013

    " The necessary sequel to "I, Claudius", possibly the greatest novel of historical fiction ever written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susannah | 5/30/2013

    " This book is fantastic. Definitely recommended to anyone who loves Ancient Rome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faith Justice | 4/28/2013

    " I read this twice - once 10 years ago and again two years ago. It's time to send it on for others to enjoy. Would recommend it highly, especially fans of the mini-series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/30/2013

    " Slightly less enjoyable than the first, but still wonderful. (Really 4.75 stars, in my book.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joann | 10/21/2012

    " A disappointment after the wonderful soap opera of I Claudius! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Robbins | 9/2/2012

    " Messalina reminds me of an old girlfriend. She makes for a good story...and I mean both Messalina and Lorraine. Duplicitous and conniving. In one scene Messalina goes "camping" alone with a "friend" the night before "Claudius" comes back from a long trip to "Ostia." Wait, what? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faith Justice | 5/4/2012

    " I read this twice - once 10 years ago and again two years ago. It's time to send it on for others to enjoy. Would recommend it highly, especially fans of the mini-series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben Fowlkes | 5/3/2012

    " Slightly more tedious than I, Claudius, but once you read one you really have no choice but to tackle the other. Sorry. That's just how it works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Retarius | 4/3/2012

    " As with "I, Claudius", reads like a genuine memoir. It's the humility and frankness of the tone which is engaging and persuasive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hector Hernandez | 2/10/2012

    " Amazing...but you have to be patient with the tens of pages of rather dry structuring of roman beurocracy. But the story is amazing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ä°rem | 12/3/2011

    " It is more than satisfactoer, in fact good level of linterature and knowlege. Strongly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darla | 11/14/2011

    " Wonderful stuff. A must read if you've read I, Claudius. Beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 eb | 11/10/2011

    " That Messalina; what a hussy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben Fowlkes | 10/8/2011

    " Slightly more tedious than I, Claudius, but once you read one you really have no choice but to tackle the other. Sorry. That's just how it works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anders | 7/22/2011

    " Graves's genius does not work as well when he is retelling events from the perspective of the main protagonist, rather than from that of an "outsider" (as Claudius is in "I, Claudius"). It comes across as stodgy, almost like a government report. It is still enjoyable reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 5/26/2011

    " Not nearly as good as the first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Haar | 5/25/2011

    " boy do i love historical fiction with plenty of political intrigue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anya | 5/17/2011

    " LOve the writing style and the supposedly straight forward way of narration. Hate. Livia. To. The. Extreme. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elisabeth | 5/6/2011

    " I read this years ago and LOVED it!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ke | 4/9/2011

    " The world is fascinating.

    The main character doesn't sound that driven. The evil virago, cliched. The gay characters, cliched too. The main character is not as active as the incestuous mad character. A bit Odysseus-ish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 4/7/2011

    " Not quite as fun as the First Men of Rome series, but entertaining and in the same vein. I was sorry when it was finished. I wanted to know what the good Claudius did as emperor! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 4/6/2011

    " Read this many years ago after seeing the Masterpiece Theater Series. The book is even more wicked and crazy than the TV series, which I would never believe possible. Most depraved book you will ever enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 3/28/2011

    " Nothing has changed... gossip back in BC. Very interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 3/17/2011

    " I wanted to love this book. I like historical fiction in general. Here, I found the Claudius as narrator too dry and the humor a bit forced. What should have been clever sometimes struck me as tiresome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniella | 3/15/2011

    " I loved the book, but it's not a light read. You have to really enjoy history and have the patience to work through numerous characters who all seem to have the same name... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith PJ | 3/15/2011

    " One of my favorite reads "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lance | 3/2/2011

    " The intrigues and outrages of Rome's first imperial family. Livia is a truly unforgettable character. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Graves

Robert Graves (1895–1985) was an English poet, translator, and novelist, one of the leading English men of letters in the twentieth century. He fought in World War I and won international acclaim in 1929 with the publication of his memoir of the First World War, Good-bye to All That. After the war, he was granted a classical scholarship at Oxford and subsequently went to Egypt as the first professor of English at the University of Cairo. He is most noted for his series of novels about the Roman emperor Claudius and his works on mythology, such as The White Goddess.

About the Narrator

Nelson Runger’s voice has been recorded in dozens of audio productions. His ability to convey difficult, scholarly material with eloquence and ease has earned him critical acclaim, including an AudioFile Best Voice in Biography & History for his reading of Nixon and Kissinger.