Alexander the Great

  • by Paul Cartledge
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Paul Cartledge, one of the world's foremost scholars of ancient Greece, illuminates the brief but iconic life of Alexander (356-323 B.C.), king of Macedon, conqueror of the Persian Empire, and founder of a new world order. Alexander's legacy has had a major impact on military tacticians, scholars, statesmen, adventurers, authors, and filmmakers.Cartledge brilliantly evokes Alexander's remarkable political and military accomplishments, cutting through the myths to show why he was such a great leader. He explores our endless fascination with Alexander and gives us insight into his charismatic leadership, his capacity for brutality, and his sophisticated grasp of international politics.Alexander the Great is an engaging portrait of a fascinating man and a welcome balance to the myths, legends, and skewed history that have obscured the real Alexander.


What the Critics Say

"May be the most accessible introduction in print....An amazingly solid, balanced, and evocative view of the man." (Washington Post Book World)
"Readable and engrossing....Immediate, discursive, insightful, and highly engaging." (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
"With his usual riveting storytelling, Cartledge...narrates Alexander's life and rise to power. Cartledge's knack for bringing history to life makes for an absorbing new biography of the legendary Greek leader." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Interesting World History.

What did you love best about Alexander the Great?

It helped connect world events to specific cities an areas that I hadn't realized before.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alexander himself.

Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Ruthlessly powerful.

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- Steve B

Who was the real Alexander?

Throughout history, people have written of Alexander and his achievements. The accuracy of these accounts is what is in question. Even the accounts written by contemporaries of the man are laced with the writer's own agenda. Paul Cartledge does his best to weave through history to bring us a true description of Alexander as a man, a general, a politician, and much more. Cartledge takes a balanced approach, using his best logic and reasoning skills to give us this portrait. This book is not a chronological study of events, but rather a study of the man behind the myth. It will jump around in time a bit. There has been talk about whether to read/listen this first or not. You may want to familiarize yourself with the basics, as Cartledge will go over specific incidents that you may not have a clue about. That was me, and I admit, the first half of the book was a struggle. By the second half I had caught on to what the author was trying to do, and was able to settle into it. The appendix is actually one of my favorite parts, because Cartledge gives us more insight as to why he came up with some of his opinions. In all, I am not sorry that I didn't know more about Alexander before getting into this book. I learned a lot and was happy to listen a second time, to pick up on the things in the first half that were a bit over my head. This is a very good study of Alexander, and whether you read it first or not, you should read it. The added plus with the audiobook is John Lee. I've listened to his narration many times before, and few are better.
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- Jimbo Phillips

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-12-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.