One of the most daring and brilliant generals of all time, Julius Caesar combined the elements of tactical genius with the shrewdness of a master politician. He was an astute judge of men's character - their strengths and weaknesses. Whenever possible, he exercised restraint and mercy even when his worst enemies were in his power. But he also knew when and how to mete out stern punishment and his swift retaliations became a hallmark of his career. With his charismatic leadership, his powerful intellect and his magnetic personal charm, Julius Caesar became the idol of men and women everywhere. The fanatic loyalty of his troops and the adulation of the Roman public propelled him to the pinnacle of power. Historian Will Durant called him "the most complete man that antiquity produced."
Follow along in this recording as Julius Caesar in 50 B.C. undertakes the awesome enterprise of subduing savage Gaul, an area roughly the size of Texas. That task was barely completed before his enemies in Rome struck, igniting the bloody Civil War that engulfed most of the Roman Empire and afterward left Caesar in supreme power.
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The accounts of the Gaelic Wars are interesting, but I found the section about Rome's Civil War fascinating. This time, both sides had Roman generals, with Roman equipment and tactics. They built forts, dams, bridges, and even ships almost overnight. They moved with speed and cunning. There were heroes and traitors on both sides. This is a powerful tale.
Very enjoyable and interesting listen, recommend. Great translation as well, although haven't read any others. Check it out! To the vanguard!
To listen to the unfolding of historical events from the memoirs of the man himself (Julius Caesar) was a real treat. The reader was very entertaining and did a superb job performing the role of Julius Caesar in a voice and manner that I always imagined Caesar would sound like (if... He were alive today and... spoke English lol.)
When I realize I am listening to Caesar's actual words from 2200 years ago it is chilling and remarkable. In a time of constant war with these forming European nations, the war tactics, the huge number of manpower, the extraordinary short construction time to build hundreds of battle ships, transportation and weaponry even as the battle rages, Notable names like Scipio, Mark Anthony. Pompeii, Brutus, Cassius, Ptolomy and Cleopatra, the loans and plundering and the giving of land to the soldiers. I now realize it was he who put the Roman Empire to rule and in ruling the continued fighting to keep the empire together. As I read I could see the shortcomings and difficulties it was going to be for the future rulers. I was envisioning the upcoming clash between the Christian, Jews, and Muslims in the context of this early, violent history
Charlton Griffin is the voice of Caesar. Great delivery with power and concise language skills.
The building of 600 ships in 30 days from cut forest logs to finished ship to cross the English Channel and the evaluation of weather and tides to begin their crossing and attack.
This book should be studied over a reasonable time. That was best for me.
I have 20 pages of notes, questions, and comments. I have just finished Shakespear'"Julius Caesar" Then you can see it all come together!
This is a great book you get a great view of Gauis Julius Caesar and his campaigns in Gaul and in the Civil War. Obviously this is written by and for Caesar so it is propaganda but it is still very informative and interesting.
I enjoyed the history and feelings revealed in the works. I disliked the obvious slant toward Caesar's vanity. History is written by the victors.
Yes, a book that explains exactly what was real and what was made up. Did Caesar really win or had the people been no real challenge?
Essential history reading.
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As a Brit, I can only wonder whether the Narrator was trying to sound English and Churchillian (in which case he fails, it sounds terribly false) or whether thats his natural US accent ( note to anyone from the US - the English do not pronounce "route" as "rout", so the narrator is clearly not British).
The translation is fairly clear and the narration is otherwise done well. However the choice of accent distracts at times.
Overall, if you can live with the accent its a reasonable audiobook, and worth a credit .
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