I have not listened to George Guidall before but I did enjoy his performance of Gates of Fire. He did not go over-the-top as I was anticipating which was nice. The only thing I had to adjust to was his pronunciation of a few of the names, like Leonidas and some of the geographical locations. I had always heard them pronounced differently so I had to pay extra attention when names and locations were mentioned so I knew exactly what he was talking about.
Having served in the military, the camaraderie between the warriors reminded me of my service and the men and women I served with. It is accurate and telling of the bond shared by those who go through war and the relationships they build.
Pressfield at the top of of his game. He adds just the right amount of artist license to this incredible historical event to make a story that is impossible to put down. George Guidall, as always, brings depth and life to this already magnificent book.
I will absolutely listen to this book again. The story is rich, and colorful with many details about dozens and dozens of characters to fill out the world of the Greeks and Persians.
Despite knowing how the story ends prior to starting, I was surprised at how moved I was during several parts of the book. Emotionally moved in a way that I don't recall ever happening with another book.
Being a book about ancient Greece, written in an "old style" where each Province and every character is named often, it might get tedious to read and pronounce the Greek, even if just in one's own head. Guidall's pronunciations are faithful and consistent, and really helped to make the text (which is quite long) very accessible.
Yes. It is told from a historian/narrator point of view, as a story; and it feels that way. I felt like an officer sitting in the Persian tent listening to Xeones tell the story. I wanted to hear it all, told straight through. But at over 14 hours... it wasn't possible.
Simply one of the best books I have ever read.
This book is a master piece of work. I have never read or heard anyone be able to put in words the meaning of brotherhood, patriotism, or the bonds of friendship formed in war, like this author has. My all time new favorite book.
This is a great story. You will fall in love with the humanity in each character with the backdrop of Spartan society. Starts off a little slow creating a back drop for the story. This book will move you and stay in your consciousness for a long time.
Gates of Fire is a must read. About the historic battle of Thermopylae, Gates of Fire is a brilliant testament to the valor and sprit of the warriors who pay the price for our freedom with their own blood and to the mothers and wives of the warriors who sacrifice even more.
I can't imagine I'll finish a better book this year or in the next few years for that matter, but it's always a possibility.