The stories are wonderful.
The anthropological vignettes are entertaining and charming, but the final chapters on the history of the Persian war are the most engaging.
Bernard Mayes's voice is evocative of a smoke-filled Victorian drawing room filled with closeted homosexual English aristocrats. This drains an energetic and charming classic of its innovative masculinity and induces sleep.
Yes. It's perfect if you have a fist full of amphetamines and 28 straight hours to spare. I recommend listening while lifting weights (no cardio) or feeding the baby, as the audiobook colors each experience with a shade of world-historical significance.
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.
The Histories is already a painful book to get through, it's very dense but it's an important work so it should be read. But let's be real, having to sit down and work through this book is rough, so audio is the best way for this one. However, this is not a recommended version. It reads like a dry school lecture, the audio sounds like it was recorded 30 years ago, and at times it sounds like the narrator bumps into the mic over and over.
As both a book lover & slow reader, I used to fantasize about books that would read themselves to me. My childhood dream came true!
I'm glad I listened to this, if for no other reason to say that I have. Obviously Herodotus doesn't use modern standards of verification for what he relates, and there are many quite humorous assertions that he makes as a result thereof. It was also illuminating to see to get a glimpse of the thoughts, beliefs, and prejudices of his era. However, if you aren't someone who will read this book for the sake of reading a classic work, regardless of what anyone says, you should probably spend your time on a different book
Bernard Mayes's narration is perfect for this book. I found it hard to keep up in a few places but I got through it and I'm starting it over right now
The history itself is fascinating. but the narration leaves something to be desired. There were occasional background noises like it was recorded in someone's house while their family was doing their best to be quiet.
I like that this is unabridged. The narrator is very difficult on the ears. The recording is poor.
I have tried listening again and again. I hope someday I'll be able to imagine the narrator as my favorite uncle.
I don't recommend this recording. I wish Audible could offer a different recording of the same title. Unabridged.
To be honest I used this book to go to sleep to each night. But, wow, there is some really interesting stuff that happened way back in the day. Who knew? And who knew that Herodotus did the legwork to compile such an intriguing bunch of stories.
Did you know an Egyptian sailed around Africa way back then?
How about 2.7 million people in Xerxes army when he invaded Greece?
What was potentially embarrassing truth behind why Troy was sacked?
He paints a colorful picture of an era that was remarkable. I wish we had books of histories written like this for all of the world.
Really cool. Really.
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.