- The Barbarian King Who Challenged Rome
- Narrated by: James Adams
- Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 08-21-06
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"Full of military adventures and political maneuverings, Man's lively narrative provides a glimpse of a leader whose name has become synonymous with ruthlessness." (Publishers Weekly)
"Entertaining and lucid account of a phenomenal militarist unable to resist a crumbling empire's vast, unprotected wealth." (Kirkus Reviews)
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By Saxon on 12-22-08
Informative & Interesting
This book is an interesting read with good narration. If you are a history buff you'll love it, but if you are looking for an epic tale written in a dramatic fashion you will be disappointed. It reads like a textbook, a good entertaining, and informative textbook, but definitely not an epic tale of adventure written for entertainment.
The sources are slim for Attila, his literate contemporaries feared and hated him but the author does a great job of walking you through what is known about Attila from written sources and archaeology, and separating fact from fiction. He clearly knows his subject and you will too after you listen to this audiobook.
If you're interested in archery, horsemanship or ancient warfare you'll enjoy this book because the author goes into detail explaining exactly how the Huns fought, the incredible skill and dedication required for horse archery,(the section on horse archery is amazing) and the devastating effect of their tactics.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
By Patrick on 05-01-10
Boring and speculative
Apparently there is not much information about Attila from primary sources so much of this book is the author's speculations complete with descriptions of the curtains, invented dialog and such. I think it would have been a better book if he had taken less time making things up and more time presenting archeological or other evidence to create a picture of Attila. The discussions of horse archery and bow making were interesting but invented narratives of what a possible assasin may have said are just a waste of time. Perhaps he really wanted to write a historical novel. I give this a thumbs down. There must be better books that you could be listening to.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful