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!
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.
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!
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.
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