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    • I, Claudius (Dramatised)

    • By: Robert Graves
    • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi, Tom Goodman Hill
    • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
    • Original Recording
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      5 out of 5 stars 201
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 175

    A full-cast dramatisation of Robert Graves' brilliant account of the madness and debauchery of ancient Rome, starring Tom Goodman Hill as Claudius and Derek Jacobi as Augustus. The wickedly entertaining inside story of the lives and deaths of the Imperial dynasty from Augustus to Caligula is told by their obscure relation, Claudius. In public, Claudius is a stammering, drooling weakling, whose reputation as an idiot keeps him safe from office and assassination.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • classic at its classical best

    • By Alison Ward on 15-12-13

    Regular price: £18.00

    • I, Claudius

    • By: Robert Graves
    • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
    • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 152
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110

    The politics of empire-building and the hypocrisies, back-stabbings, and corruptions of Rome's first family come to light. First published in 1934, the book retains a marvelously modern and often comic tone, and is written in the form of Claudius' autobiography. This is gripping stuff, read by one of our finest actors, who also starred as Claudius in the classic television series.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Shame it's abridged.

    • By Mary Carnegie on 11-04-16

    Regular price: £10.99

    • The Greek Myths

    • By: Robert Graves
    • Narrated by: Matt Bates
    • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 98

    Including many of the greatest stories ever told - the labours of Hercules, the voyage of the Argonauts, Theseus and the minotaur, Midas and his golden touch, the Trojan War and Odysseus's journey home - Robert Graves's superb and comprehensive retelling of the Greek myths for a modern audience has been regarded for over fifty years as the definitive version. With a novelist's skill and a poet's eye, Graves draws on the entire canon of ancient literature, bringing together all the elements of every myth into one epic and unforgettable story.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Where are the notes ?<br />

    • By darkbluepoppy on 09-04-18

    Regular price: £22.99

    • Claudius the God

    • By: Robert Graves
    • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
    • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Abridged, unfortunately, otherwise impeccable.

    • By Mary Carnegie on 12-04-16

    Regular price: £10.99

    • Goodbye to All That

    • By: Robert Graves
    • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
    • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82

    A famous autobiographical account of life as a young soldier in the first World War trenches. Robert Graves, who went on to write I, Claudius, has given to posterity here one of the all-time great insights into the experience of war.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Lots missing

    • By Chloe on 08-05-16

    Regular price: £10.99

    • Count Belisarius

    • By: Robert Graves
    • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
    • Length: 19 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    The sixth-century Roman Empire is a dangerous place, threatened on all frontiers by invaders. But soon the attacking armies of Vandals, Goths, and Persians grow to fear and respect the name of one man, Belisarius: horseman, archer, swordsman, and military commander of genius. As Belisarius triumphs in battles from the East to North Africa, his success causes him to become regarded with increasing jealousy and suspicion. In his palace in Constantinople, the Emperor Justinian, dominated by his wife Theodora, plots the great general’s downfall.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Hero Maligned (in so many ways)

    • By Tally Pendragon on 17-07-15

    Regular price: £22.99

    • The Golden Fleece

    • By: Robert Graves
    • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
    • Length: 19 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    In order to reclaim his father's kingdom, Jason has been sent on an impossible mission: to take the golden ram's fleece that lies far away, guarded by a dragon. Jason, who is so attractive that women fall instantly in love with him, sets sail in the Argo, along with the greatest heroes of ancient Greece, including the surly (and often drunk) Hercules, the enchanting musician Orpheus and the warring twins Castor and Pollux. As they battle clashing rocks, monsters, and seductresses, watched over by pitiless gods, they will learn that victory comes at a price.

    Regular price: £22.99

    • Voices of Poetry, Volume 2

    • By: Ezra Pound, WB Yeats, Robert Graves, and others
    • Narrated by: Ezra Pound, WB Yeats, Robert Graves, and others
    • Length: 18 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Hear rare recordings from some of the world's most-respected poets reading their own works: Ezra Pound, "Old Men With Beautiful Manners"; W. B. Yeats, "The Lake Isle of Innisfree"; Robert Graves, "A Last Poem"'; Edna St. Vincent Millay, "The Harp-Weaver"; Richard Eberhart, "The Groundhog"; Philip Levine, "Blasting from Heaven"; Marianne Moore, "The Mind Is an Enchanting Thing"; Stephen Spender, "What I Expected"; and Vachel Lindsay, "An Interpolation by Mr. Lindsay".

    Regular price: £9.69

    • King Jesus

    • By: Robert Graves
    • Narrated by: Philip Bird
    • Length: 18 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Robert Graves's controversial historical novel is a bold reworking of the story of Christ. Here Jesus is not the son of God, but the result of a secret marriage - the descendant of Herod and true King of the Jews. Written from the perspective of a lowly official at the end of the first century AD, King Jesus recounts Jesus's birth, youth, life as a charismatic 'wonder worker' and the unorthodox, bitter nature of his death and resurrection. Portraying Jesus not as divine but as a flawed human bent upon his own doom, this retelling of the gospels is a compelling blend of research

    Regular price: £22.99

    • The Real David Copperfield

    • By: Robert Graves
    • Narrated by: Steven Kynman
    • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    For Robert Graves, the writing of Charles Dickens was full of inherent difficulties. From its very repetitiveness to its extreme length, he doubted whether readers could ever fully enjoy the riches of even his most famous works. Seeking to bring Dickens back to the general reader and rekindle the excitement with which his books were originally received, Graves here presents his own retelling of one of Dickens' great masterpieces.

    Regular price: £22.99

    • Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth

    • By: Robert Graves
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Robert Graves first came across the name of Roger Lamb in 1914, when he was an English officer instructing his platoon in regimental history. Lamb was a British soldier who had served his king during the American War of Independent, and whose claim to a footnote in history is that he managed to escape twice from American prison camps.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • So stilted and long-winded as to be un-listeanble

    • By hfffoman on 06-04-14

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Homer's Daughter

    • By: Robert Graves
    • Narrated by: Karen Cass
    • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    In Homer's Daughter Robert Graves recreates the Odyssey. This bold retelling of the ancient epic imagines that its author was not the blind and bearded Homer of legend, but a young woman in Western Sicily who calls herself Nausicaä.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not Bad

    • By Sree on 28-08-18

    Regular price: £14.99

    • They Hanged My Saintly Billy

    • By: Robert Graves
    • Narrated by: Philip Franks
    • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    On 14 June 1856, after a scandalous and extremely high-profile trial, Dr William Palmer was hanged for the poisoning of his friend John Parsons Cook. The case was one of the most infamous of its time, and as the twelve-day trial unfolded, accusations of no less than fourteen murders came to light.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Breathtakingly good

    • By J NEILL on 12-05-16

    Regular price: £18.99

    • The Isles of Unwisdom

    • By: Robert Graves
    • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
    • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    The Isles of Unwisdom is an historical novel based on the ill-fated expedition of General Álvero de Mendaña de Neirato, who set out from Peru in 1595 to pacify and colonise the Solomon Islands. When Mendaña died, his young widow Dona Ysobel Barreto assumed command of the fleet, exercising the absolute power bequeathed to her by her late husband. Graves tells the story with surprising twists, in which some characters turn out to be quite different from how they are first portrayed....

    Regular price: £22.99

    • My Head! My Head!

    • By: Robert Graves
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Written in 1925, My Head! My Head! was Robert Graves's first novel - a retelling of the story of Elisha and the Shunamite woman. Graves amplifies the brief Old Testament story into a series of dramatic encounters between the wandering prophet and his inquisitive, quick-witted hostess, who, by skilful questioning, prizes from Elisha the secret religious history of ancient Israel and the true story of the patriarch Moses.

    Regular price: £7.69

    • Proceed Sergeant Lamb

    • By: Robert Graves
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    The sequel to Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth. As British soldiers fought their own deserting countrymen and rebel Americans came face-to-face with faithful citizens, the American War of Independence proved to be the ultimate test of loyalty. Perhaps never more so than for Sergeant Lamb: a man who, having escaped imprisonment to return to his own lines, found his mistress and daughter had changed their allegiance to Lord Cornwallis, Lamb's commanding officer.

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Seven Days in New Crete

    • By: Robert Graves
    • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
    • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Edward Venn-Thomas lives in the 20th century but has been mysteriously transported to the future, and the apparently idyllic society of New Create, where there is no hunger, no war, and no dissatisfaction. However Venn-Thomas is starting to find life among the New Cretans rather dull. He comes to realise that their perfect existence, inspired by the poets and magicians of their strange occult religion, lacks one fundamental thing: evil. So Venn-Thomas sees it as nothing less than his duty to introduce them to the darker side of life.

    Regular price: £14.99

    • Wife to Mr Milton

    • By: Robert Graves
    • Narrated by: Karen Cass
    • Length: 17 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Marie Powell is 16 when her father marries her to the poet John Milton in payment of a debt. They move to a pretty garden-house in London, but she struggles to adjust to her new life. Her husband is high-minded and unyielding, and only makes Marie long for the man she really loves. As Civil War sweeps across England and the King is killed, a battle starts to rage between husband and wife - one that only the powerful can win.

    Regular price: £22.99

    • Antigua, Penny, Puce

    • By: Robert Graves
    • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
    • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    'Lot 50: The rarest and most beautiful stamp in the world. The Venus de Milo of Philately.’ That was how the auctioneer announced it, and from that moment the feud began in earnest, for as children they had agreed to share Oliver‘s schoolboy stamp collection, and Jane now wanted her rightful share. So the Antigua, Penny, Puce became the focal point of their rivalry, with each one resorting to every refinement of malice, mockery and sabotage until the law stepped in, and with a strange quirk of fate decided the Battle of the Stamp - and the running Battle of the Sexes.

    Regular price: £14.99