Amazing audio book. Narration is very well done, and the story is very intriguing. If you know even a little about Alexander the Great, you will be very familiar with the subject matter. Talks a lot about his generals, major campaigns, etc.
Author takes a unique approach in that while it is historical, he took some liberties with the some of the characters/events that take place. He states this from the very beginning as well.
Geopolitics, history, and philosophy junkie. I love smoothly flowing prose that moves me effortlessly from one idea to the next.
I love these gems that far exceed my expectations. This is a story skillfully written and perfectly performed. I really enjoyed everything about this tale. Beam me up, Scotty...ancient earth is a violent place!
Excellently written and read. One of my favorites! seven more words so I can post.
It was an interesting and worthwhile fiction of Alexander's life
The weaving of fact with imagined and interpreted storytelling
I liked the story but the mispronouncing everything to an American style was incredibly grating! Like "comm-ahn-der" being pronounced as "kommand-er". Every time he (being an English not American speaker) got it wrong, it ruined my concentration and therefore the story
Avoid John Lee at all cost
Alexander the Great is of course one of the major historical figures. In a short 12 hours Pressfield describes his ascent as king of Makedonia to conquering an empire and finally succumbing after being transformed by his experiences as the supreme warlord.
Originally 'simply' an incredibly brilliant war strategist and brave warrior, his decades long wars with increasing confrontation with more advanced civilizations changes Alexander, and alienates him from his erstwhile comrades.
The book describes the war tactics of Alexander and his adversaries, how Alexander whips up but also makes mistakes with his warrior group that is further and further away from home. And describes his own feelings of being the lonely man-god that is not allowed to fail. It is a world very distant from ours, in its brutality/barbarism, its honor code and its interpersonal relationships. But still close enough to understand and enjoy.
John Lee as always is a brilliant narrator.
This is a wonderful interpretation of the story of Alexander the Great. It is a historical novel, and it does take license, on many things. However John Lee does a wonderful narration and if you are truly an "Alexander' enthusiast, this book, along with "Alexander the Great" by Arrian, and "Alexander" by Harold Lamb these two books are narrated by Charlton Griffin, who like John Lee is a wonderful narrator. Your points will not be wasted on any of these books I promise.
Wow! Pressfield is not just a story teller, he is a thinker, a philosopher. Alexander of Macedon has enjoyed mythic renown for centuries, but who has told his story with such glaring insights into this human condition of ours? I really enjoyed this book.
Pressfield did such great work with the Spartans in "Gates of Fire" and Alcibiades in "Tides of War", that I expected a similar enthralling story of Alexander. Unfortunately I was a bit disappoiinted still enjoyed the story but found myself more confused at times than interested.
This is not a novel. This is (maybe) a diary. Mostly, it is a war log. It gives excruciating detail on each battle Alexander fought (the formation, how many foot soldiers, how many cavalry, how the soldiers were equipped, each blow they landed). I listened to about half... waiting for the story to begin. When I realized that this was a military history tome, I stopped and moved on to something more interesting.