Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans

  • by Plutarch
  • Narrated by Charlton Griffin
  • 83 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Plutarch (c. AD 46-AD 120) was born to a prominent family in the small Greek town of Chaeronea, about 20 miles east of Delphi in the region known as Boeotia. His best known work is Parallel Lives, a series of biographies of famous Greeks and Romans, arranged in pairs to illuminate their common moral virtues and vices. The surviving Lives contain 23 pairs, each with one Greek life and one Roman life as well as four unpaired single lives. Currently only 19 of the parallel lives end with comparisons while possibly all of them did at one time.
Plutarch was not concerned with history so much as the influence of character, good or bad, on the lives and destinies of men. Whereas sometimes he barely touched on epoch-making events, he devoted much space to charming anecdotes and incidental triviality, reasoning that this often revealed far more about his subjects than even their most famous accomplishments. In many ways he must be counted among the earliest moral philosophers.
This volume follows the translation of Arthur Hugh Clough and John Dryden. Please see the accompanying PDF file for duration and starting times of all biographies.

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PERFECT NARRATOR FOR PLUTARCH'S LIVES

Where does Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

AT OR ABOVE FIRST PLACE. THIS ONE IS A KEEPER.


Who was your favorite character and why?

DEMOSTHENES. GENIUS FOR ORATORY. WHAT A LIFE! A GREAT MAN, BUT WITH CHARACTER FLAWS THAT MAKE HIM IMPERFECT, INTERESTING, HUMAN.


What does Charlton Griffin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

CHARLTON GRIFFIN BRINGS PLUTARCH'S LIVES TO LIFE. EASY ON THE EARS AND ON THE MIND. I COULD LISTEN TO HIM READING PLUTARCH'S LIVES ALL DAY LONG. NOT TIRESOME AT ALL. PERFECT!


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

SOME LIVES ARE LARGER THAN OTHERS.


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- Tom Dolan

Charlton Griffin is the best!

If you could sum up Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans in three words, what would they be?

A crazy amount of stuff happened before Jesus was even born y'all!


Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't play favorites.


What about Charlton Griffin’s performance did you like?

Can't recommend Charlton Griffin enough- check out all his work! He is a world-class storyteller, really knows when to slow things down or speed it up, using his voice like a finely-tuned instrument.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If you are physically capable of listening to this book in one sitting only, you might want to consult your doctor


Any additional comments?

Shout out again to Charlton Griffin- I'm slowly making my way through your audio connoisseur library and loving it... (as a lifelong sufferer of insomnia who "had to" drink heavily to put myself to sleep, listening to your voice has been a big part in me getting sober and adopting healthier nighttime habits; now I actually look forward to going to sleep, because of storytime with you). Anyhow, keep up the great work!

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- alex

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-27-2015
  • Publisher: Audio Connoisseur