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Faisal

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  • Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, & Scorpion Bombs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Adrienne Mayor
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    Weapons of biological and chemical warfare have been in use for thousands of years, and Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs, Adrienne Mayor's fascinating exploration of the origins of biological and unethical warfare, draws extraordinary connections between the mythical worlds of Hercules and the Trojan War, the accounts of Herodotus and Thucydides, and modern methods of war and terrorism.

    Christopher says: "A great read for those interested in Antiquity"
    "Insomnia Cured!"
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    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone with insomnia or perhaps a prescription drug manufacturer for use as a control in sleep drug trials.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Adrienne Mayor again?

    Not unless the alternative was imminent bodily harm.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator should have taken a box of extremely potent laxatives prior to recording.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    A desire to research laws regarding false advertising. The vast majority of the book covered the use of poison arrows, disease and poisoned food - not exactly revelations. While myth is certainly a metaphor for reality and can provide evidence of contemporaneous human practices, the book spends far too much time on mythical uses of unconventional weapons. Additionally, the writing quality is as abominable as the pestilences described in the book. I should have known it would be all downhill after hearing the author quote a lengthy video game review in the introduction as proof that this book is good. In fact the entire introduction is so horribly self-aggrandizing its the literary equivalent of the author soliciting votes for prom queen.


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