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David

Tucson, AZ, USA

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  • The Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Herodotus
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (117)

    Herodotus is not only the father of the art and the science of historical writing, but also one of the Western tradition's most compelling storytellers. In tales such as that of Gyges, who murders Candaules, the king of Lydia, and usurps his throne and his marriage bed, thereby bringing on, generations later, war with the Persians, Herodotus laid bare the intricate human entanglements at the core of great historical events.

    Jefferson says: "Fascinating and Well-Read History"
    "Mediocre Narration"
    Overall

    I really liked this translation of the ancient Greek, especially since it is so hard to translate. I did, though, find the narrator lacking in color and emotional depth.

    Regarding the work itself: If could only have read one book in my life, it would be Herodotus' ethnography and history of the Scythians. They blow my mind. I wish I were Scythian...

    If a narrator narrated with a little more "umph"/"chutzvah"/"spirit", I would easily give it 5 stars.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Aeneid

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Virgil
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (79)

    The Aeneid represents one of the greatest cultural and artistic achievements of Western Civilization. Within the brooding and melancholy atmosphere of Virgil's pious masterpiece lies the mythic story of Aeneas and his flight from burning Troy, taking with him across the Mediterranean the survivors of the Greek onslaught. Aeneas, after many travails and adventures, including a love affair with Dido Queen of Carthage and a visit to the underworld to see his father, ends up in Italy.

    James says: "An epic in every sense of the word"
    "Good, not great, translation"
    Overall

    The narrarator is very good. The musical interludes are quite a nice touch as well. However, the translation itself seems somewhat cumbersome in many places.

    Overall: Very good

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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