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Steven Pressfield, has created a compelling, entertaining story - well written on many levels. You won't be disappointed by the author. What makes this a great listen is the narrator George Guidall. Mr. Guidall is a voice actor with depth and real life experience. The author has created a good story and Mr. Guidall's performance propels it to a higher level. Some narrators such as Scott Brick, have a style and narrate books written in their style. Mr. Guidall is a voice actor who brings to life the character in the story. This author partnered with this voice actor equals five star winner.
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"Tell the Spartans, stranger passing by,
that here obedient to their laws we lie."
Good authors are often graced with one great book. 'Gates of Fire' is Pressfield's henosis. It is lyrical, compelling, thought provoking, and soars above most works of historical fiction (at least those that shrug in the mud of military historical fiction). Like most of Pressfield's work, 'Gates of Fire' deals with the common soldier, the grunt, the squire. His narrative is informed by a people's history of Greek history. For me, the most surprising aspect of 'Gates of Fire' was the nuance Pressfield's gave to Spartan women.
If I sound too enraptured, too possesssed, I apologize. I am sure that there are faults in this novel, but they are few and mostly irrelevant. Pressfield wasn't aiming for 'War and Peace', he wasn't trying to capture the flag of high literature. His goal was more humble, but he more than won it.
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What made the experience of listening to Gates of Fire the most enjoyable?
To know that it is recounting of actual events that changed the world forever - brilliantly detailed stirring a palette of emotions throughout.
Who was your favorite character and why?
It has to be Xeones for his intimacy with the reader.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
When the Spartans raid the tent of King Xerxes.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes if only. My wife almost divorced me some days.
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Enjoyed the storyline very much. The description of their lives and the finale made me feel I was there
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