• by Valerio Massimo Manfredi
  • Narrated by Derek Jacobi
  • 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is the saga of a Spartan family, torn apart by a cruel law that forces them to abandon one of their two sons, born lame, to the elements. The elder son, Brithos, is raised in the caste of the warriors, while the other, Talos, is spared a cruel death and is raised by a Helot shepherd, among the peasants. They live out their story in a world dominated by the clash between the Persian empire and the city-states of Greece, a ferocious, relentless conflict, until the voice of their blood and of human solidarity unites them in a thrilling, singular enterprise.


What the Critics Say

"Italian archaeologist and novelist Manfredi has crafted another compelling saga set in ancient Greece....Plenty of action, passion, and drama underscore this authentically detailed historical adventure." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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Sorry Derek

A good book, but had I the chance to go back, I would have read it personally, rather than listening to it. I like Derek Jacobi's voice normally, but in this he just irritated me a little. I won't be too criticising as it's all a matter of opinion, but his voice for the 'speech' parts was not quite right in my opinion. Sorry Derek.
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- Netman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-01-2007
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.