The Twelve Caesars

  • by Suetonius
  • Narrated by Charlton Griffin
  • 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the dignified grace of Augustus to the cruel debauchery of Nero, this history chronicles all the vices and virtues of the first 12 rulers of Imperial Rome. The Twelve Caesars was written based on the information of eyewitnesses and public records. It conveys a very accurate picture of court life in Rome and contains some of the raciest and most salacious material to be found in all of ancient literature.The writing is clear, simple and easy to understand, and the numerous anecdotes of juicy scandal, bitter court intrigue, and murderous brigandage easily hold their own against the most spirited content of today's tabloids.


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A pleasure to read...

It's always a concern how many stars to give a treasured work of history. This book is of course a history, but also a piece of history and as necessary in the milieu of the great works of western literature as any other work from the period. As such, I give it 5 starts, and on it's own merit it was a very enjoyable read.

Beginning with Julius Caesar and ending with the reign of Domitian, Suetonius tells a tale that includes all the victories, works and scandals of each of the emperors in turn. There is some question as to the reliability of some of his sources, as experts have learned, but I think that this in no way diminishes the text. Like with any history, several sources should be considered and Suetonius should be the first with Tacitus next and whatever you can find to follow, as this is truly a fascinating period in Western history.
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- Robyn

Horrible narrator.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who is not annoyed by the pompous narrator, who is American but tries to apparently tries to speak Queen's English.

What was most disappointing about Suetonius’s story?

Suetonius's work is supposed to be great, but I couldn't tell because the narrator made it painful to listento.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He removed all quality and turned the experience into torture for my ears and brain. It's like having Niles Crane inside your head.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?


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- Marius

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-27-2009
  • Publisher: Audio Connoisseur