Alexander the Great and His Time

  • by Agnes Savill
  • Narrated by Nadia May
  • 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"To be mystical and intensely practical, to dream greatly and to do greatly, is not," says Agnes Savill, "given to many men; it is this combination which gives Alexander his place apart in history. Aristotle had taught him that man's highest good lay in right activity of mind and body both. [Alexander] a strangely vivid impression of one whose body was his servant."
He was trained by Aristotle in every branch of human learning, conquered much of Asia, and was one of the greatest leaders in the history of the world. He was unquestionably one of the most brilliant and commanding generals of all time. He greatly influenced the spread of Hellenism and is responsible for profound changes in the course of world development.
Agnes Savill gives us a vivid account of the life, personality, failures, and accomplishments of one of history's largest characters.


What the Critics Say

"Nadia May's voice is...delightfully clear and forceful, and her reading is judiciously paced.... Both Savill and this production make a pleasure of audio history." (AudioFile)


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Dull and uncritical

Agnes Savill's account of Alexander's life is dismissive of the many criticisms of Alexander although she usually does not even spell out those criticisms. For example when Alexander kills his foster brother Cleitas for his criticism.
She also defers to various contemporary (but unknown) military figures to validate the military achivements without giving a clear idea of what the achievement.
During the explanations of various battles I found myself drifting off and not getting any idea of what Alexander was doing that was so different.
Well enough read and no story of Alexander's life can be all dull.
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- Robert Amis

Excellent overview of the life of Alexander

I really enjoyed this positive and insightful review of the life of Alexander the Great, perhaps the greatest general of all time.

An excellent account of both his life, exploits and motivations for the monumental achievements of Alexander.
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- Marcus Chacos

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-14-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.