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Claudius the God

Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
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Read in the style of a secret diary, this famous sequel to I, Claudius gives a wry and human view of the Roman world, bringing to life some of the most scandalous and violent times in history.

Claudius has survived the murderous intrigues of his predecessors to become, reluctantly, Emperor of Rome. He recounts his surprisingly successful rule; how he cultivates the loyalty of the army to repair the damage caused by his nephew Caligula; his friendship with the Jewish King Herod Agrippa; and his invasion of Britain.

Yet beneath the surface, Claudius' good fortune is under threat. With the growing paranoia of absolute power, and his young wife Messalina causing trouble, how long can Claudius survive?

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Critic Reviews

"Following Caligula�s murder, stammering Claudius becomes emperor, his belief in old republican virtues in conflict with his imperial role. Jacobi�s brilliant delivery of Claudius�s inner thoughts gives the latter a vital reality."( The Observer)

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  • Mary Carnegie
  • 12-04-2016

Abridged, unfortunately, otherwise impeccable.

Unlike dramatised versions, like the BBC Radio 4 one I got earlier, Claudius's life as emperor gets space. He himself shows growing cynicism and weariness as the years go by; he becomes less self aware and more ruthless as time, disillusionment and betrayal take their toll. Whereas it's easy to see what Mary Beard means when she says that Robert Graves is responsible for Claudius's image as an avuncular and benign ruler, it would be fairer to say the BBC has given that picture, as this book portrays a more threatened, desperate, isolated ageing man, often misled and gullible, trapped in a nasty job with no retirement, but for a time at least coming to enjoy some of the perks of high office.

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  • Alexander
  • 14-06-2010

Perfect

I don't normally write reviews, but this really is a special audiobook. Derek Jacobi is sublime as a narrator, especially, but not exclusively, if you've seen him in the excellent BBC television version of I, Claudius.
I downloaded Suetonius's Twelve Caesars, also read by Jacobi, at the same time and I have to say, they make a combination that cannot be recommended too highly.
I haven't heard the unabridged version - I went straight for the one read by Jacobi - so I can't say which of those is better. I can say that you won't be disappointed by this one though.

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  • JPH
  • 01-08-2015

Classic

Loved it I enjoy all things Roman and Derek Jacobi is a brilliant narator. Took me back to the fantastic BBC dramatisation. Pity this vesion wasn't unabridged.

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  • Cat
  • 05-09-2018

Amazing book and performance

If you, like me, were disturbed and intrigued by the television programme I Claudius I recommend this audio book. Narrated by Claudius himself, the delivery is perfect.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-06-2017

The Masterpiece Continued

The Emperor's life continues, if it is at all possible this book is even better than the first. I spent a lot of time listening to this book , when I should have been asleep. However it wasn't a waste of my time, not in the slightest.

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  • Richard Jones
  • 18-04-2017

Legit AF

What made the experience of listening to Claudius the God the most enjoyable?

Robert Graves has this way of making relatively boring history into the most thrilling thing ever.

What other book might you compare Claudius the God to, and why?

probably... I, Claudius....

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Probably the description of the battle in Britain, with the stalk or crane or w/e it was.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

when his wife is just being this complete whore... poor Claudius.

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  • Ros
  • 25-09-2015

Claudius The God

This is a beautifully written whimsical tale of the rule Claudius, the stammering, club footed child who no one dreamt was a threat but who succeeded Caligula by accident.His well meant rule was destroyed by his infatuation with his wife Messalina whose antics forced him to murder her. His part is played brilliantly by Derek Jacobi who portrays a spellbinding mixture shrewdness and naivety driving a ruthless tyrant.