Yes, first person reporting centuries before Christ. 5th century BC
Herodotus of Halicarnassus. Interviews, dates and a clear difference from what the considered fact (or likely) from stories.
Difficult listening. I'll never buy a book narrated by Bernard Mayes
again. In part 3 it seems there good microphone stopped working so they replaced it with one from a speak n spell. Very course, gave me a headache trying to listen. No amount of radio tuning could correct it. That's right I'm not happy about it.
A good purchase for any history buff. Stop watching television and do your own research.
I'm a speaker at Odd Salon in San Francisco as well as an actor, singer and all around performing monkey. I am crazy about Frank Herbert!
For the most part this is a decent recording; it sounds older, maybe transferred from a cassette. However, there is a whole hour in which the recording is distorted pretty badly and warbles like a cassette that got stuck during a transfer. It is loud and harsh and pretty glaring. I wonder if anyone listened to it all the way through before putting it on sale. I read the chapters myself and restarted at Ch.50 after which it was fine. First title out of 20 with a recording issue, not bad overall. Audible, you have spoiled me. Makes me want to re-record it myself because the book is awesome.
This is a great book. And one of the most important ever written. But it's so LONG! I only made it all the way through because it is an audiobook - I needed the narrator to keep me going. And I'm lucky if I absorbed 10% of the material.
The book isn't just a history of the Persian War, it's everything in the world up-to-and-including it. It really is a collection of stories - but great stories. For those of you who are looking for the story of the 300, you'll have to wait until almost the end.
A great deal of detail about the lay of the land and battles, but very hard to follow the time line without referencing other source material.
He spoke in a Classic Old English accent and used a lot of "Thees" and "Thous" when the Greeks thought of those people from Europe as "Barbarians". The narrator should have spoken English with a slight Greek accent to make it more from the time.
What the producer of the audio tape should have done is provide Editor's Notes along the way and give a timeline reference we can understand and also define various terms of measurement like cubit, furlong, talon and the many other ancient terms so I could understand the reference of distances and weights. Also give a reference to the current name or location of a City mentioned in the History. There are many rivers and land formations/mountains mentioned. Giving the current name of the river or mountain range would have been very helpful.
The History was too tedious and had very few interesting periods. It is not interesting to hear about the family lineage of someone back twenty generations.
It's hard to call yourself an historian and not to have read Herodotus, the Father of History. Every time I'd pick up the written version, I found the beginning so slow (and so steeped in fable as to be of questionable historical value) that I would set it aside as a chore to be tackled when I really needed to do penance. Listening to the audio version has strengths and weaknesses of its own. One gets through the fables and the travel book accounts of the first book more easily, though I found times where my attention lapsed. There are so many odd names of persons and places, that it's difficult to keep them straight without seeing their spelling or location on a map. This might be one of those books that are best listened too and read simultaneously. Keep an ancient atlas with you as well. The story picks up with the recounting of Persia's invasion of Greece and the resistance made by Sparta and Athens. It's then one realizes just how much of our understanding of the Persian Wars trace back to Herodotus. Many later texts on the period draw on him almost exclusively. Parts of the work are worth many re-reads, but as I say, keep some maps at hand. As for Bernard Mayes's narration, yes he comes off as a Greek oral traditionalists, but his dry voice make dry sections seem particularly desiccated.
Roughly in the middle of the pack.
Lots of amazing, colorful moments. Men being cleaved in half over insults, thieves stealing body parts, women commanding ships!
Clearly-read. Inaccurately-pronounced. Sleep-inducing.
This is inestimably better than the free version available on another site.
Yes, if complete.
Book VIII is missing the first 22 paragraphs(!), quite a chunk of text. Secondly, the translation replaces the names of the Greek gods with the Roman names, which is odd.This is a flawed recording.
The histories of Herodotus were meant to be read aloud in the theater, so they are more properly called narratives. They contain case after case of tyrants going to war for no good reason. At one point a Spartan general has captured Persian servants prepare a meal as they normally would for the Persian officers and then had his men prepare a Spartan meal. He laughed out loud at the result, called his men in and said "What fools these Persians are to leave their luxury and come to do battle with us to take our penury." Apparently it was ever thus; tyrants, not content with what they control try to control more and reap destruction. It's enlightening in it's tragic repetition of this theme.