In his love for the stranger, more marvelous facts of the world, he infused his magnificent history with a continuous awareness of the mythic and the wonderful. For more than a hundred generations, his supple, lucid prose has drawn readers into his panoramic vision of the war between the Greek city-states and the great empire to the east. And in the generosity of his spirit, in the instinctive empiricism that took him searching over much of the known world for information, in the care he took with sources and historical evidence, in his freedom from intolerance and prejudice, he virtually defined the rational, humane spirit that is the enduring legacy of Greek civilization.
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The stories are wonderful.
The anthropological vignettes are entertaining and charming, but the final chapters on the history of the Persian war are the most engaging.
Bernard Mayes's voice is evocative of a smoke-filled Victorian drawing room filled with closeted homosexual English aristocrats. This drains an energetic and charming classic of its innovative masculinity and induces sleep.
Yes. It's perfect if you have a fist full of amphetamines and 28 straight hours to spare. I recommend listening while lifting weights (no cardio) or feeding the baby, as the audiobook colors each experience with a shade of world-historical significance.
Yes, first person reporting centuries before Christ. 5th century BC
Herodotus of Halicarnassus. Interviews, dates and a clear difference from what the considered fact (or likely) from stories.
Difficult listening. I'll never buy a book narrated by Bernard Mayes
again. In part 3 it seems there good microphone stopped working so they replaced it with one from a speak n spell. Very course, gave me a headache trying to listen. No amount of radio tuning could correct it. That's right I'm not happy about it.
A good purchase for any history buff. Stop watching television and do your own research.
The readers voice is awful and the acoustics are pretty bad. The readers voice, ruins the story for the listener.
Unfortunately, Not very good.
The Histories is already a painful book to get through, it's very dense but it's an important work so it should be read. But let's be real, having to sit down and work through this book is rough, so audio is the best way for this one. However, this is not a recommended version. It reads like a dry school lecture, the audio sounds like it was recorded 30 years ago, and at times it sounds like the narrator bumps into the mic over and over.
As both a book lover & slow reader, I used to fantasize about books that would read themselves to me. My childhood dream came true!
I'm glad I listened to this, if for no other reason to say that I have. Obviously Herodotus doesn't use modern standards of verification for what he relates, and there are many quite humorous assertions that he makes as a result thereof. It was also illuminating to see to get a glimpse of the thoughts, beliefs, and prejudices of his era. However, if you aren't someone who will read this book for the sake of reading a classic work, regardless of what anyone says, you should probably spend your time on a different book
I like to watch.
Bernard Mayes's narration is perfect for this book. I found it hard to keep up in a few places but I got through it and I'm starting it over right now
The history itself is fascinating. but the narration leaves something to be desired. There were occasional background noises like it was recorded in someone's house while their family was doing their best to be quiet.
I like that this is unabridged. The narrator is very difficult on the ears. The recording is poor.
I have tried listening again and again. I hope someday I'll be able to imagine the narrator as my favorite uncle.
I don't recommend this recording. I wish Audible could offer a different recording of the same title. Unabridged.
To be honest I used this book to go to sleep to each night. But, wow, there is some really interesting stuff that happened way back in the day. Who knew? And who knew that Herodotus did the legwork to compile such an intriguing bunch of stories.
Did you know an Egyptian sailed around Africa way back then?
How about 2.7 million people in Xerxes army when he invaded Greece?
What was potentially embarrassing truth behind why Troy was sacked?
He paints a colorful picture of an era that was remarkable. I wish we had books of histories written like this for all of the world.
Really cool. Really.
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