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G. Buhr

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Tampa, FL | Member Since 2011

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  • 129 titles in library
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  • Alexander the Great

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Arrian
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    This is the incredible story of the world's greatest conqueror, a man who single handedly changed the course of history...and who was worshipped as a god. There have been many attempts in the 2,300 years since Alexander's death to tell the epic story of this enigmatic soldier. His deeds read like the stuff of legends. Of all the chroniclers of Alexander, and there have been many famous ones, including Plutarch and Ptolemy, none have given us a clearer and truer account than the one by Arrian.

    Theresa says: "A Superb Chronicle of Alexander"
    "Excellent book, just stick with it."
    Overall

    It was so slow to develop that I stopped listening and went on to another audiobook after the first two CDs, but fortunately, I came back later to hear more. As it turns out, the first three Cds were slow, and at times even brutally boring, but the remainder of the book, starting roughly with Alexander's entry into Persia, was outstanding. If you like history, don't miss this book!

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • I, Claudius

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Russell Crowe's new movie, Gladiator, may make you feel like you're in ancient Rome, but it tells only part of the story. Hear from Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus, who was despised as a weakling and dismissed as an idiot because of his physical infirmities, but survived the intrigues and poisonings that marked the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, and the mad Caligula to become Emperor of Rome in 41 A.D.

    Robert says: "Excellent book, almost historical. Good narrator."
    "Outstanding! Very amusing perspective."
    Overall

    Outstanding book! Although at times the intentional stuttering in parts of the narration was a little grating on the nerves, the book was one of the best I have listened to so far. Except as to some disagreement over the level of debauchery of Tiberious, the history appears to compare favorably with "The Twelve Caesars" and "The History of Rome" as to most of the events, but was done in a humorous vein making it very enjoyable and easy-reading. The addition of poor Claudius' perspective on how to survive so close to the bloody Roman "throne" adds a lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Caesars

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Suetonius, Robert Graves (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (66)

    From the dignified grace of Augustus to the cruel debauchery of Nero, this history chronicles all the vices and virtues of the first twelve rulers of Imperial Rome. The Twelve Caesars was written based on the information of eyewitnesses and public records. It conveys a very accurate picture of court life in Rome and contains some of the raciest and most salacious material to be found in all of ancient literature.

    Louise says: "This is it!"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    This review of the Caesars adds additional detail and sometimes a different perspective from other offerings such as the History of Rome, also offered by Audible. Well worth it!

    16 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • A History of Rome, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Cyril Robinson
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    A History of Rome is the story of a tiny market town on the Tiber, its rise to world domination, and then its slow, terrible plunge to utter ruin. It is the single greatest event in all human history.

    Mark Grannis says: "A superb survey of Ancient Roman History"
    "Somewhat plodding in places, but worthwhile"
    Overall

    The story is somewhat plodding and drags in some places, but then such an all-encompassing topic of history is not always subject matter that can keep the listener's attention riveted to the "story." It is, in the end, a worthwhile and entertaining lead-in to Volume 2, which by either quality of writing or by accident of history, is a better book.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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