Engaging and detailed history
When Alexander demonstrated true leadership while dying of thirst during the Gedrosian desert crossing when he dumped the helmet of water on the ground. He won't drink until his army drinks. There's very little "Leadership by example" in today's world.
Detailed accounts of the many battles.
Too long for one sitting. I looked forward to my commute to work.
Professor Harl is a really good speaker. I liked his personality and how he brought Alexander and the ancient world to life. It greatly demystified how things were and at the same how advanced ancient civilization was.
The story shamelessly steals from Harry Potter, themes like the 10th birthday, characters and even some character names! The whole thing is disjointed. The prose is written more simply than Harry Potter making it irritating to listen to. I deleted it from my iPhone.
I'm a fan of the Artemis Fowl series and this book was a fun listen that held my attention. Other reviewers didn't like the narrator, however I thought the narrator was quite good and did a nice job bringing the characters to life.
I found the story boring and gave up listening about 1/3 into the book. The pace is slow and centers on daily domestic situations; I kept waiting for something to happen that would compel the story line to a moment when I would think "Ok, this is what it's been building up to - now it's happening!". The overall style reminds of William Faulkner - and I don't care for most, but not all, of Faulkner's works.
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