Author: Robert Graves
Title: I, Claudius
Publication Info: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, , p1994. [First published in 1934]
Graves’ novel is a fictional memoir of Claudius as he tells the story of his unlikely rise from a lame, stuttering and overlooked relation of the imperial family to become the third of the Caesars to rise to emperor. Claudius tells of the greed, lust, backstabbing, intrigue, and occasional valor within the imperial court in a gossipy tone (which the audiobook narrator makes sound positively catty). I, Claudius is steeped in history and humanity. I enjoyed listening to this novel although I don’t think I will continue to read in the series.