Alexander the Great

  • by Philip Freeman
  • Narrated by Michael Page
  • 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Alexander was born into the royal family of Macedonia, the kingdom that would soon rule over Greece. Tutored as a boy by Aristotle, Alexander had an inquisitive mind that would serve him well when he faced formidable obstacles during his military campaigns. Shortly after taking command of the army, he launched an invasion of the Persian Empire, and continued his conquests as far south as the deserts of Egypt and as far east as the mountains of present-day Pakistan and the plains of India.
In his lively and authoritative biography of Alexander, Philip Freeman describes Alexander's astonishing achievements and provides insight into the mercurial character of the great conqueror. Alexander could be petty and magnanimous, cruel and merciful, impulsive and farsighted. Above all, he was ferociously, intensely competitive and could not tolerate losing - which he rarely did.
As Freeman explains, without Alexander, the influence of Greece on the ancient world would surely not have been as great as it was, even if his motivation was not to spread Greek culture for beneficial purposes, but instead to unify his empire.

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What the Critics Say

"An accessible biography...readers are sure to come away from Alexander's story with an essential grasp of the details and understanding of his character." (Kirkus)

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Excellent

Very informative. This was a very fascinating audiobook and gave me a very vivid picture of Alexander the Great. Highly recommended.
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- Kay

Great book!

This book is a great account of Alexander. There is a bit of liberty taken by the author in the rational of some of the Alexander's choices, but it is never outlandish and very much makes sense. There is even some well needed wit thrown into the copy which is refreshing given the dry nature of history books.

The narrator is great and I'm now convinced that Alexander must be discussed in an English accent.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-21-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio