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Would you consider the audio edition of The Peloponnesian War to be better than the print version?
No. You really need maps and an appendix. So many names are thrown around with little explanation that if your attention wavers for a second you can find yourself pretty disoriented, not knowing if the people being described are with Athens or the Pelloponesians.
What other book might you compare The Peloponnesian War to and why?
Stephen Pressfield's Tides of War is a fictionalized retelling of some of the events surrounding Alcibiades. Might be a good place to start for an entertaining listen.
What does Charlton Griffin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He is an excellent reader. Great pronunciation. Great dramatic flair.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No way no how.
Any additional comments?
I had to keep wikipedia opened, as well as have maps available to make sense of a lot of the events. This is not a casual listen if you are unfamiliar with the war.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
This is an amazing work of history written centuries ago. It is not easy to read, but it is worth it if you can get through it.
Unless you are very familiar with ancient Greece, this is going to be a chore to read. The many names and places are hard to keep up with. To be honest, there are going to be many names and places referenced that you won't know anything about and you just have to accept that.
The great thing is that there are several introductions to the book which help give you an idea of what's going on. I would encourage everyone to listen to all of the introductions and the afterward.
The narration is perfect. Perhaps the best narrating job I've come across on Audible.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Great rendition, fair length (as unabridged) and enjoyed throughout. Having read the text it was fantastic, as listening gives a slightly different tack on visualising the battles / events as described. Recommend listening at x1.25 speed. Additional post analysis was good addition. Obv. purely ornamental, but enjoyed the musical interludes that punctuate the volumes greatly, and they add nicely to the athmosphere.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
the annoyingly singing voice made me stop listening soon,what a shame. Will look for another version
3 of 6 people found this review helpful