I don't think you can compare it with anything. The history can be compared to the events that took place at the Alamo but this is an epic story. The story line was well written and enjoyed how it flowed.
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.
Many memorable one liners and scenarios... Many which are seem insane, but are in fact historically verifiable.
It was and I did, although the movie "300" had quite a bit more artistic license. One of my favorite movies however.
Perhaps a tad long at time, the book does a great job at fleshing out just why Sparta was the military power house it has a history of being, and does service to the brave 300 who went to certain death and saved an empire in the process.
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.
Tears at your heart strings. And leaves you inspired. First novel that brought me to tears in years because the love they shared for each other and what they were willing to give for it.
I did not read the print version, but I think that, for me, the book would have been hard for me to enjoy as much as the audio version. The narrator did a great job and had the perfect voice and timing for this story.
I don't think the end was a surprise, the journey was more of a surprise - the journey of this little Greece boy and how war shaped his entire life. It is hard for me to imagine living during this time in Greece. The author's words and the narrator's voice made it all seem very real.
Great diction, great timing. I feel like he gave the perfect voice to this heavy subject.
There is a film about this book, at least two of them -- "300" and "The 300 Spartans".
This is a history book written as a fiction story. I usually don't read war/battle stories nor history of this long ago. It is not a book for the light-hearted looking for a bit of entertainment. There are so many characters and place names that I sometimes wished I had a map and a list of who's-who to refer to while I was listening. It has some tough situations that some may be uncomfortable reading about. But, I am planning a trip to Greece and I feel like this book really was great preparation for the trip and gave me a good insight into Greek history and what it was like to live back then. I think when I see some of the places mentioned in the book and visit the museums, I will understand so much better. If you are into history and/or war/battle stories, the story is written well and the narration is very good.
A great historical work of fiction. The story of the battle that saved democracy. A great look at the heart and soul of ancient Greece, especially Sparta. Performed well.
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This book is a fevered dream.
The account of daily life in Sparta grips you by the throat and does not let go. I feel as though I have seen the Hot Gates and tasted blood and sweat dripping from my face.
It makes the movie "300" look like a comic book depiction.