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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.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Where does The Peloponnesian War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Thucydides was one of the best authors of history I have ever read, but the narrative and the way he writes is not very suitable for a audiobook without having studied the ancient greeks and this book before. For 2000 years, greater minds than me have struggled with this book, I could not follow it in audio, but had to get the Landmark edition reading it instead. But I will relisten it at a later time when I have a better grip of the narrative.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Brasidas the Spartan.
Have you listened to any of Charlton Griffin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I really enjoy all of his work. Normally I choose him if there are more than one version of the book at Audible
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The melian dialog
Any additional comments?
For me, Thucydides was to complex as a audio book. I had to get the Landmark edition Thucydides to understand and follow the narrative.
21 of 25 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
useful to keep focus on the text. Helped me finish the reading. pleased with purchase would recommend the purchase
1 of 1 people found this review helpful