• The Peloponnesian War

  • By: Thucydides
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-20-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audio Connoisseur
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (217 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Historians universally agree that Thucydides was the greatest historian who has ever lived, and that his story of the Peloponnesian conflict is a marvel of forensic science and fine literature. That such a triumph of intellectual accomplishment was created at the end of the fifth century B.C. in Greece is, perhaps, not so surprising, given the number of original geniuses we find in that period. But that such an historical work would also be simultaneously acknowledged as a work of great literature and a penetrating ethical evaluation of humanity is one of the miracles of ancient history. For in the pages of Thucydides we find examples of every ethical and political problem ever faced by democratic governments in the last 2,400 years. And it was all organized and written with a breathtaking skill and dramatic intensity which have never been equalled.
Thucydides was an Athenian noble born around 455 B.C. whose antecedents could be traced back to the great Peisitratus and Cimon. In 424 B.C., Thucydides was in command of naval forces attempting to defend Amphipolis in Thrace. Although unsuccessful through no fault of his own, his enemies in Athens blamed him for failure and engineered his exile. It was a fortunate event, for it was upon this accident of history that Thucydides gained the opportunity to become the chronicler of events in Greece. In complete contrast to the furious passions which raged around him, he described events with a cool detachment and an absolute impartiality that is little short of miraculous. He is believed to have died violently, perhaps while writing, in about 400 B.C. His manuscript simply breaks off in mid paragraph.
The Peloponnesian War is organized into eight parts (“books”). This recording uses the highly esteemed translation of Benjamin Jowett. There are several essays preceding and following the work.
Public Domain (P)2012 Audio Connoisseur
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4 out of 5 stars
By David A. Montalvo on 05-25-16

You better know the events before listening

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.

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15 of 15 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Douglas on 03-18-17

Remarkable Work of History; Difficult but Worth It

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.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By AHW on 08-04-15

Fantastic & full! Valued added cntnt. x1.25 speed.

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.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-26-16

singing narrator

the annoyingly singing voice made me stop listening soon,what a shame. Will look for another version

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tim Dubber on 05-19-16


An excellent rendition of Thucydides canonical work. highly recommended to anyone looking for a audio book rendition.

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