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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another BBC drama that doesn't disappoint,
This review is from: I, Claudius (Radio Collection) (Audio CD)A brilliant adaptation of the novels. The casting was excellent - Tom Goodman-Hill makes a Claudius every part of believable and sympathetic as Derek Jacobi did all those years ago. Of course Derek Jacobi appears as Augustus (do I have to says he's excellent? He is Derek Jacobi after all) and Tim McInnerny goes well beyond Blackadder with his portrayal of Tiberius. The whole cast does wonderfully well.
The drama is well thought out and the script writers have managed to adapt the books to audio form without losing any of the atmosphere or drama of the original novels. It's engaging and for I would suggest it is for anyone who loved the novels, as I did, or the TV series. It's also ideal for people who enjoy the audio-novel format - this is much more than that but if you know someone that likes their novels read to them then this is an ideal present. I have been looking a trifle odd recently as they only time and space I get to listen to this sort of thing is in the car - and hence when I get home from work I've been spending 5 minutes just sitting there just listening to this waiting for the end of the scene. I've enjoyed listening to Tiberius slowly descend in to madness, Caligula being mad, bad and yet somehow engaging. Livia just being incredibly nasty but oh so very clever and Claudius somehow, despite everything - surviving it all. Well done Auntie.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue in Ancient Rome,
This review is from: I, Claudius (Radio Collection) (Audio CD)6 CD's of the best the BBC produces
An Excellent play with excellent actors - well worth the money. With approx 6 hours of running time, This is a BBC Radio Full cast dramatisation which only the BBC can do.
Derek Jacobi (Augustus) Tom Goodman-Hill (Claudius) Tim McInnerny (Tibirius) to name just three.
The sound track brings the play alive If you enjoy an audio-book, I am sure you won't be disappointed. This is the intrigue of ancient Rome at it's best and it is well worth the money to buy it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A soap with a sting in its tail,
This review is from: I, Claudius (Radio Collection) (Audio CD)Even if your historical interest is limited, especially when it comes to 'The Romans'!, this tale of the interior politics of the First Family is worth a listen. The way in which Claudius uses his disabilities to protect his life from those around him, demonstrates a very high level of ingenuity. By appearing to represent no threat at all to the succession list of wannabee Emperors, he eventually, and reluctantly, ends up running the Empire himself.
The casualty list along the way is distinguished and widespread. Neither intelligence or brute strength helps in this furious battle for supremacy. Poison is not selective in its choice of victims.
An exciting story, well told,ideal for car journeys, and dark winter nights...
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent,
This review is from: I, Claudius (Radio Collection) (Audio CD)Tom Goodman Hill plays Claudius just as I remember Derek Jacobi playing him. It was excellent as you could let your imagination build the characters and see the situations in your minds eye. What a wonderful way to use your imagination and stimulate the mind.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imperial,
This review is from: I, Claudius (Radio Collection) (Audio CD)I've just finished listening to this wonderful set adapted from Robert Graves' I Claudius and Claudius the God. And can honestly say it is one of the finest productions I have heard.
In just 6 almost hour long instalments the book is brought to life by a stellar cast and I don't say that lightly.
Tom Goodman-Hill is wonderful as Claudius narrating his life story and he has just the right inflection to portray Claudius nervous stutter equalling the wonderful Derek Jacobi who ironically portrays Augustus on this CD set.
The script is sublime, wonderful in fact.
Jacobi is wonderful but the whole cast are simply magnificent.
Standing out here is the wonderful Tim McInnerny as Tiberius.
Many people will know him from the Richard Curtis type productions like Notting Hill others as Lord Percy and Capt. Darling from the magnificent Black Adders. He really conveys the angst of Tiberius forced to divorce the wife he loves to marry the Daughter of Augustus whom he detests. McInnerny manages to convey Tiberius descent to monster so well.
Tom Goodman-Hill is outstanding in the lead role. But the whole thing has left me searching the Thesaurus for Superlatives
Impressive music and sound effects really enhance this production and the support cast are brilliant.
It is THAT good that after playing the final CD I felt myself drawn to playing the whole six again.
My one regret is that this play is so wonderful, so attention grabbing that it could easily have been 12 episodes long double the 6 we have here.
The books are after all split into 2 with I, Claudius which details Claudius time under the rules of Augustus, Tiberius and Caligula
And the second Claudius the God - Claudius' time as Caesar.
But am I being too greedy?
100 per cent recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Godsend when Air Traffic Control fouls up,
This review is from: I, Claudius (Radio Collection) (Audio CD)If you want to save the money and don't care when you hear this, wait till it comes up on Radio 4 extra - as it surely will some time. However if, like me, you like having series like this on an MP3 for use when travelling goes wrong, I can recommend I Claudius unreservedly. The quality of script and acting is exactly what one would expect from Radio 4 drama - first class - and it holds you firmly such that the time passes without you noticing at all.
The CD option suits me for use in the car or at home and would probably be worth the money for that alone (I'm old fashioned I know.) But once on an MP3 it is brilliant for passing the time during aiport delays, stuck trains, or whatever other delight summer offers you.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great performance, rich with memories,
This review is from: I, Claudius (Radio Collection) (Audio CD)Perhaps, like millions of others, you will remember the classic TV series of 'I Claudius' of so long ago. If you do, this BBC radio dramatized production, which I also listened to week by week live, is wonderful. Derek Jacobi, the original Claudius is still on it, though he now plays Augustus. The voices are perfectly cast to evoke memories of the original version, and the condensing of two novels into six CDs is a triumph. I truly recommend these recordings. They have captured the spirit of the books and the TV series and they work as an accurate summary of Robert Graves' original novels. But them and enjoy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Super excellent,
This review is from: I, Claudius (Radio Collection) (Audio CD)Brilliantly told
Wonderful and intriguing story
Excellent for a long car journey
BBC audio at its best
Only wish there were more
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb,
This review is from: I, Claudius (Radio Collection) (Audio CD)Was not sure if this was going to be as good as the one I bought in the 80's but I have enjoyed it immensely again this is great value for money and I am sure that you will enjoy it as much as I have. The CD arrived in time for Christmas and I am extrealy happy with the service I got.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Production,
This review is from: I, Claudius (Radio Collection) (Audio CD)I thoroughly enjoyed this very good BBC production. I've listened to it twice now, enjoying it both times. I'll probably listen again.
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I, Claudius (Radio Collection) by Robert Graves (Audio CD - 6 Jan 2011)
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