- Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
- Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 12-03-07
- Language: English
- Publisher: CSA Word
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By T on 09-15-09
Derek Jacobi IS Claudius
If you watched the series, Derek Jacobi plays Claudius...and he was excellent. On the audio, he brings all his vim and vigor and talent to the reading, making the story come alive.
I've read the unabridged version, which is very long, the abridged version makes the story more dreamatic without sacrificing too many details.
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By Mary Carnegie on 04-11-16
Shame it's abridged.
I have listened to the BBC Radio dramatisation (both books in one) which is excellent but just too short as an audiobook, and I wanted to fill in the gaps, which this recording and its predecessor has done to some extent. I first read the print books in the mid 60s - can't believe it's that long - and they certainly made Roman history more exciting and even helped add a few marks to O Grade Latin. Latin was compulsory for university back then! I don't do much re-reading of print except for study these days, but find audiobooks allow me to revisit old favourites while doing something else. And for that I want the WHOLE THING! Also some edits don't consider that next in series might be mysterious without the rejected bits in previous book.
Derek Jacobi became eternally associated with the Julio-Claudians after the BBC TV series, so he's the expected voice of Claudius, though it was fine for him to be Augustus on the Radio 4 version.
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By K. Stephen on 07-07-14
Robert Graves Speaks
If you could sum up I, Claudius in three words, what would they be?
Thrilling, fascinating, absorbing.
What other book might you compare I, Claudius to, and why?
What comparison can one make? Except to say that despite having been written 70-80 years before, I Caudius (and Claudius the God) reads as easily as any novel by the excellent Mr Robert Harris, or John Grisham or Val McDermid.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
I frankly enjoyed the whole book - it's like a symphony or a concerto, one has to listen to it all, and both books at that.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
A short paragraph about Calpurnia was touching - in Claudius the God.
Any additional comments?
Based on the histories of Suetonius and Tacitus, Robert Graves has given the world two great novels covering the era of first Emperors of Rome.
Although the books are very good reads off the written page, in Audio, Derek Jacobi further breaths a rich vitality to the tale, his voice conveying young and old, women and men with equal east and no artifice.
The only two reproaches, this was an abridged version (which I knew, but wanted the Jacobi narration) and I would have preferred the whole text. Secondly, the Vivaldi interludes were not appropriate in my opinion. A trumpet fanfare as in the excellent and seminal BBC TV dramatisation would have been super.
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