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This books spends a majority of the time on the Greco Persian Wars which is infuriatingly misleading. It gives a play by play of that conflcit and passes over the details of the Achamaenid expansion and gives only 2 hours between the Parthians and the Sassanids. I should have expected this, when has the West ever written a decent book on Iranian history that is widely available to the public. This has increased my own determination to write a better and more relevant book on Iranian history. This book may be only useful for noobs.
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I have to agree with the other reviewer, why is almost 40% of this book about the Greeks? don't get me wrong, it's interesting and I appreciate learning this aspect of history. What I was looking for is to learn about a different culture, instead the author was unable break out of his geocentric worldview and somehow navigated the book back towards Western civilizations. Unfortunate and disappointing.
Would you listen to The Empires of Ancient Persia again? Why?
This is exactly the kind of introduction to Persian history I've been looking for. It's very accessible. I'm only part way through, but it's got great information clearly expressed.
What three words best describe Colin Fluxman’s performance?
I'm finding the narration very problematic. While the narrator is very clear in enunciation, there are no pauses for ends of paragraphs, which makes some of the content seem to leap around. The pauses at the ends of sentences are very short, again making some of the content blur together. I think I'm more frustrated because it could have been a great narration with a little room to breathe. It feels like this is possibly an advanced computer voice, a narrator who is rushing to get through the book, or the editors got carried away in eliminating pauses.