Caligula: Life of a Roman Emperor

  • by Suetonius
  • Narrated by Jonathan Waite
  • 1 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Suetonius' most important surviving work is known as the De Vita Caesarum, a set of twelve biographies of the successive Roman rulers.

The emperor Caligula was one of the strangest and cruelest rulers that ever lived, and most of what is known about his reign comes from Suetonius. The first six months of his reign appear to have been moderate and successful; but after that, he fell into a spiral of sadism, sexual perversity, and plain insanity that made him one of the most hated tyrants of all time.
His biography gathers many extravagant anecdotes, from naming his horse consul to calling people to his palace in the middle of the night just to play a strange game of fright with them. He was eventually assassinated, but not before many strange omens predicted the event, according to Suetonius.

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A Disappointing Reading

An interesting story but unfortunately ruined by an unusually poor reading. There were so many mispronunciations you start listening out for these rather than following the text. The voice and tone were ok but I don't think the reader had any feel for the narrative and hadn't bothered to practice reading the book. There was also the occasional gasp of breath which should have been edited out. This is not Audible's finest and I'd suggest potential readers try an alternative version.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-02-2016
  • Publisher: Astorg Audio