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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (19,917 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Graves Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN:
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Set in the first century A.D. in Rome and written as an autobiographical memoir, this colorful story of the life of the Roman emperor Claudius stands as one of the modern classics of historical fiction.

Physically weak and afflicted with stuttering, Claudius is initially despised and dismissed as an idiot. Shunted to the background of imperial affairs by his embarrassed royal family, he becomes a scholar and historian, while palace intrigues and murders surround him. Observing these dramas from beyond the public eye, Claudius escapes the cruelties inflicted on the rest of the royal family by its own members and survives to become emperor of Rome in A.D. 41. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bronwen | 2/17/2014

    " Very enjoyable - difficult to put down at times! I think that's because it's almost gossipy in a way: you become hooked in fascination. I'll definitely read the second part and I might rewatch the TV series one day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 2/17/2014

    " Blood Blood, Murder, More Blood, More Murder...but told so matter-of-factly, that it's not gross. Just the times they were in. Whew! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miguel Alberola | 2/10/2014

    " This book, probably best known by the TV Series named after it (I, Claudius), is quite a good read to add a bit of drama and action to history of ancient Rome (for those who would like to know more about it but hesitate to read a history book); or just for those who loved Derek Jacobi's interpretation of Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus This-That-and-The-Other and want to check if the series is loyal to the book (which, as a matter of fact, is) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lettie | 2/3/2014

    " Claudius reminds me of a stuffy old british man, attempting to be noble although he knows it is for naught. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy Richey | 1/30/2014

    " It is a great book. But I am challenged to say I liked it, as the account of Rome and it's ruling families is abhorrent and brutal. That I have an emotional reaction is a response to the great writing. Claudius is perfectly believable, the other characters are also. It's the subject itself, and it unremitting brutality that made it a brilliant but unenjoyable read for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Damion | 1/29/2014

    " What an amazing book. Those treacherous fuckers. Loved every minute of it. Hardest part was remembering family ties, but Graves does well to toss in reminders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin | 1/17/2014

    " Perfect prose style from GRaves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 1/17/2014

    " This book gives a really fascinating, entertaining look at Roman history. I'm not usually one for autobiography or memoir (and yes, I'm aware that this is a fictional account by Robert Graves, but it's in that style), but this book is one of the exceptions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 1/16/2014

    " I first read "I,Claudius" when I was in Junior High School,and it's always been one of my favorite novels,along with the sequel.I loved the fact that it was all about ancient Rome without really being about Christianity.As a child,I read every book I could find at the library that was about ancient Rome.This book is a true classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrinalini | 1/11/2014

    " Soap opera of Ancient Rome! Couldn't keep up with all the characters and the family ties - still very engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Spelts | 12/24/2013

    " Awesome look at one of Romeo's best and most underwhelming leaders "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhi | 12/19/2013

    " This may well be the most addicting book I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Shilstone | 11/13/2013

    " I, Steve, am impressed with you, Robert, and all of your novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey Bumiller | 11/4/2013

    " Wow! This book thrust me into an obsession with all things Rome. I am now reading the sequel as well as watching the BBC series based on the books! An absolutely captivating book. "

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

    " Brilliant book full of plots, murder, assassinations and in general a ruthless family of ancient Rome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RachelAnne | 3/16/2013

    " Ancient Rome in all its effulgent decadence and vividness, presented by a most intelligent, humane and conveniently-positioned narrator. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Graham | 3/10/2013

    " A historical fiction account of the life of Claudius and the Ceasars during his time. Really enjoyed this and thought it was incredibly fascinating how government and culture interacted. Awesome book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo Ann Hall | 8/25/2012

    " Absolutely stunning work; I can't wait to read the next volume. It's too bad that more high school teachers don't use this as a resource for literature and world history study. What a follow-up to Shakespeare's Julius Caesar! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Guild | 9/21/2011

    " It's even better the second time. The novel is just excellent. As long as you have access to Julio-Claudian family tree, you'll have a wonderful time reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kay | 9/14/2011

    " Amazing writing, but not my sort of book. "

  • 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

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.