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  • Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, & Scorpion Bombs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Adrienne Mayor
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    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"
    "Don't get it!"
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    I don't know which was more annoying: the book or its narrator.

    First, the book. It is unbearably repetitious. The same events are described again and again. The author clearly does not believe that her readers have much in the way of an attention span. Moreover, whenever she cannot find evidence in the record for what she wants to say, she just guesses. Her "membership" in the "it could/should have happened" school of history is quite odd in a work first published by a distinguished academic press. Given the book's fundamentally interesting subject manner, this is a shame.

    Second the narrator. Her breathless manner fits the book quite well. Avoid them both!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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