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Alexander the Great Audiobook
Alexander the Great
Written by: 
Arrian
Narrated by: 
Charlton Griffin
Alexander the Great Audiobook

Alexander the Great

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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.

Writing 450 years after Alexander's death, Arrian had the advantage of hindsight and the unique ability to sift through important historical material which is now lost. He was able to judge the motives of many of the detractors of Alexander and to set the record straight in many instances. Alexander's aims have always been a topic of intense debate and this history will tell you what this brilliant tactician was trying to accomplish and why. From his first encounter with the Persians at the Battle of the Granicus to his last battle on the banks of the Indus River, thrill to the extraordinary exploits of Alexander the Great as he turns the ancient world upside down. After his passing, nothing would ever again be the same....

Lucius Flavius Arrianus, or Arrian (circa A.D. 85 to 90 - circa 146) was born in Nicomedia, a Greek town which at the time was a part of the vast Roman Empire. It is fairly certain that Arrian's ancestors had been citizens for some time because his family was prominent, and he himself seems to have held an important priesthood as a young man. Arrian studied Stoic philosophy with the famous Epictetus and has left us an excellent book on the subject based on his notes. One of his fellow students was the future emperor, Hadrian, whose close friend he remained in later life. Arrian was a wealthy man with a great sense of responsibility. He put his considerable abilities to work on behalf of society and served with distinction as a senator and as a military commander. In fact, he was the first Greek ever to command Roman legions. He later served as governor of Cappadocia. In his spare moments, Arrian wrote many important books, of which his Anabasis of Alexander is by far the most popular.

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    Clive La Crescenta, CA, USA 07-12-04
    Clive La Crescenta, CA, USA 07-12-04 Member Since 2016
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    "A good listen but a bit confusing"

    I overall liked this book but it is a bit to chew through. It has lots of names and facts in it and a overall good story (historical) guide line, but sometimes understanding what is going on is a bit hard.

    It was written at least 1500 years ago so most of problems with the book itself is understandable as dramatic themes and verse is quite different today.

    This book is not for the faint of heart when it comes to Alexander. A modern version would be about 1/3 of the lenght.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence, P.A. 07-12-15 Member Since 2014

    I'm a speaker at Odd Salon in San Francisco as well as an actor, singer and all around performing monkey. I am crazy about Frank Herbert!

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    "Awesome Epic, sublime Roman prose"
    What did you love best about Alexander the Great?

    Arrian's writing is a great example of Roman prose and is well executed here.


    What other book might you compare Alexander the Great to and why?

    The March of the Ten Thousand by Xenophon is similarly epic in scale and both read like scripts for massive action movies with heavy metal in the soundtrack and you know...flames and skulls on poles...... Skulls are cool.


    What does Charlton Griffin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice gave the book a strident tone and made it easy to picture the adventure as it unfolded.


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    Stef 04-25-15
    Stef 04-25-15
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    "Very entertaining"

    Arrian is interesting and very good at explaining.
    Griffin is an excellent narrator.
    The story is very fun to listen to, and informative.

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    Joseph L. Moore 02-22-15 Member Since 2015

    Avocational Raconteur

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    "Excellent book, excellent reader"

    Very we'll said and excellent review of Caesar's life. Very enjoyable. This is a book that will leave you wanting more (in a good way) when it finishes.

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    Jeffery 03-04-13
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    "The good stuff..."
    What did you love best about Alexander the Great?

    I love the history; the way it was & what it became...


    What other book might you compare Alexander the Great to and why?

    -NA-


    What about Charlton Griffin’s performance did you like?

    Yes, well done!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    F*cker, fighter & destroyer.


    Any additional comments?

    I like this kind of historical perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles LYNDON STATION, WISCONSIN, United States 12-11-12
    Charles LYNDON STATION, WISCONSIN, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Alexander The Great."

    What can I say. He is Alexander The Great. Very Interesting and it will keep your interest. It's a very good book.

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    B. Leddy NY 02-19-12
    B. Leddy NY 02-19-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Another good reading by C Griffin"

    Classical ancient history - gotta take it all with a grain of salt and be thankful that it came down to us. This particular text, which focuses on Alexander the Great, is an excellent resource if you want to understand one of the major pieces of evidence we have covering his campaigns. Get the "Landmark" history book (Robert Strassler) for Arian which covers the exact same text and includes all of the maps and pictures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 11-06-11
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 11-06-11 Member Since 2013

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    "Wonderful !"

    I enjoy anything about Alexander, and especially excellent books. This one falls into that category. The narrator Charlton Griffin did and excellent job with the interpretation. I also suggest Alexander by Harold Lamb, it is also narrated by Charlton Griffin. If you are into historical fiction I would also recommend The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield, narrated by John Lee. I have all three in my library and have listened to them more than once. You will not be wasting your points on any of these books. However this one is a MUST.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ben New Rochelle, NY, USA 01-06-09
    Ben New Rochelle, NY, USA 01-06-09
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    "Alexander the Great"

    Even though, I had studied Alexander the Great at school a long time ago, I refreshed my memory and also got new information from the book.

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    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 08-27-08
    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 08-27-08 Member Since 2014

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    "Worth Getting to Learn About Amazing Man"

    I am glad I read this, even though the writing was not my favorite (a bit flat consisting of just a sequential list of events) and the narration was only average. I couldn't find a better way to brush up on Alexander the Great, so it was well worth my time.

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