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Brion

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Civil War: 50-48 B.C.

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Julius Caesar
    • Narrated By Larry McKeever
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The Civil War is Julius Caesar's account of the years of turmoil during which he battled Pompey the Great for control of Rome. The third member of their ruling First Triumvirate - Crassus - had been killed waging war in Syria while Caesar was in Gaul extending the empire to the shores of the English Channel. The jealous joint-ruler Pompey intimidated the Senate into ordering Caesar to disband his army, but Caesar refused and crossed the Rubicon into Roman territory, effectively declaring war on Pompey, the Senate, and Rome itself.

    Brion says: "Wrong file. This is Bruce Cattons US Civil War"
    "Wrong file. This is Bruce Cattons US Civil War"
    Overall

    Goof ball Audible has the wrong file. Three emails and phone call over a month and Audible still hasn't fixed it.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander of Macedon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Harold Lamb
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    The enigma of Alexander the Great has remained with us for 2,300 years. In spite of the best efforts of historians, Alexander is no less a mystery to us now than he probably was during his own lifetime. There was no one like him before or since. In the pages of Harold Lamb's intriguing Alexander of Macedon, we find some of the answers to the great riddle of his character.

    Michael says: "Read Arrian first"
    "More novel than history with odd point of view."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Lamb recreates Alexander as a bookish, withdrawn young man. He doesn't meet Hephastion until serving in the army where "the companions" exist as Philip's bodyguard vs. as Alexander's children of nobles school mates at Aristotle's school. The book just makes no sense particularly Alexander as bookworm nerd. A characterization that just doesn't fit the real world history of Alexander particularly the known military history with Philip and as regent.

    Once Lamb goes down this idiosyncratic path with a character not like the athletic warrior prince who conquered the world the rest of the book becomes equally implausible.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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