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This book references and gives detailed discussions of images throughout. There are MANY color plates, b/w images, and maps that are, unfortunately, NOT included for download. The verse surrounds the visuals, and they should be experienced in unison. It is difficult to fully comprehend without being able to see what is being referred to.<br/><br/>Otherwise, I LOVE this book... and really want to see the images. I submitted a request for a PDF file... Audible responded that my "feedback has been forwarded to the proper department so it can be reviewed and taken into consideration". <br/><br/>The book is $16 on kindle, $21 hardcover.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Adrienne Mayor impressed me with her book Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, & Scorpion Bombs. To have her tackle the subject of the Amazons, a subject of personal fascination to me... suffice it to say, I expected big things. And I got bigger things.
Beginning with the myths of Atalanta, this book quickly delves into the historical and often contradictory accounts behind the legends through critical examination of archaeological evidence, literature, and art. The scope of it is nothing less than astounding as the level of influence the Amazons had on the ancient and modern worlds becomes known. No stone is left unturned. The personalities are examined in as much detail as the clothes, the weapons, and the territories they staked out.
As narrator, Fran Tunno does a respectable job for the most part. However, she also joins a great many throughout modern culture who have difficulty pronouncing many of the names. She pronounces the "w" in "sword," so you can imagine how badly mangled some of the Amazonian names become by comparison. Some of these names will have different pronunciations, and it gets a little cartoonish at times. But if you can deal with that, the strength of her delivery is otherwise quite solid.
This is a book that will eventually see hardcover for my personal library. Part of that is due to the sheer amount of quality information, and part of that is because there are constant references to photos and illustrations that are not packaged with the audio.
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What did you like most about Amazons?
Excellent material for anyone interested in the historical and mythological aspects on Amazons. It is probably one of the most thorough pieces of material on the subject today. Highly recommend.
What did you like best about this story?
The narration is very pleasant as a bonus.
Would you consider the audio edition of Amazons to be better than the print version?
This is not better than the print version as there are lots of references in the text to pictures in the book that the listener doesn't get to see.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I loved the stories of the Amazons in myth and legend
What aspect of Fran Tunno’s performance might you have changed?
Probably the accent was too pronounced and the pronunciation of some words disracted from the message
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
The life and loves of warrior women
Any additional comments?
I realy enjoyed the experience of this book . I would have got more out of it if I'd had a map and the picture plates available.