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The Histories Audiobook
The Histories
Written by: 
Herodotus
Narrated by: 
Bernard Mayes
The Histories Audiobook

The Histories

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Publisher's Summary

Herodotus is not only the father of the art and the science of historical writing, but also one of the Western tradition's most compelling storytellers. In tales such as that of Gyges, who murders Candaules, the king of Lydia, and usurps his throne and his marriage bed, thereby bringing on, generations later, war with the Persians, Herodotus laid bare the intricate human entanglements at the core of great historical events.

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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    WCB1138 USA 05-01-16
    WCB1138 USA 05-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A classic drained of its vitality"
    What made the experience of listening to The Histories the most enjoyable?

    The stories are wonderful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The anthropological vignettes are entertaining and charming, but the final chapters on the history of the Persian war are the most engaging.


    What didn’t you like about Bernard Mayes’s performance?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan East Peoria, IL, United States 01-01-12
    Dan East Peoria, IL, United States 01-01-12
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    "Hard to keep up but well worth the effort"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, first person reporting centuries before Christ. 5th century BC


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Herodotus of Halicarnassus. Interviews, dates and a clear difference from what the considered fact (or likely) from stories.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    A good purchase for any history buff. Stop watching television and do your own research.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    The Doctor 04-29-16
    The Doctor 04-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "weak narration"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mon2cents 03-25-16
    mon2cents 03-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Needs different narrator. Poor quality"
    What did you like best about The Histories? What did you like least?

    I like that this is unabridged. The narrator is very difficult on the ears. The recording is poor.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Histories?

    I have tried listening again and again. I hope someday I'll be able to imagine the narrator as my favorite uncle.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bernard Mayes’s performances?

    No.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Sure.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't recommend this recording. I wish Audible could offer a different recording of the same title. Unabridged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Curtis 03-13-16
    Curtis 03-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    ""Listen and Learn""

    I have learned more about ancient Greece than if I had taken a course at Oxford. The narrator is the best I have ever heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. K. Allen 03-09-16
    A. K. Allen 03-09-16
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    "Really cool"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence, P.A. 07-16-15 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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    "3 chapters of distorted audio in the middle....I yam sad"

    For the most part this is a decent recording; it sounds older, maybe transferred from a cassette. However, there is a whole hour in which the recording is distorted pretty badly and warbles like a cassette that got stuck during a transfer. It is loud and harsh and pretty glaring. I wonder if anyone listened to it all the way through before putting it on sale. I read the chapters myself and restarted at Ch.50 after which it was fine. First title out of 20 with a recording issue, not bad overall. Audible, you have spoiled me. Makes me want to re-record it myself because the book is awesome.

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    David A Webb 06-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great classic"

    Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this version of The Histories. Took a little time to get used to cadence of narrator but after that it was all good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JR Pinto New Jersey 06-03-15
    JR Pinto New Jersey 06-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I could only have done the audiobook"

    This is a great book. And one of the most important ever written. But it's so LONG! I only made it all the way through because it is an audiobook - I needed the narrator to keep me going. And I'm lucky if I absorbed 10% of the material.

    The book isn't just a history of the Persian War, it's everything in the world up-to-and-including it. It really is a collection of stories - but great stories. For those of you who are looking for the story of the 300, you'll have to wait until almost the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Harold 05-08-15
    Harold 05-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Could have been much better produced."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    A great deal of detail about the lay of the land and battles, but very hard to follow the time line without referencing other source material.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Herodotus again?

    No.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He spoke in a Classic Old English accent and used a lot of "Thees" and "Thous" when the Greeks thought of those people from Europe as "Barbarians". The narrator should have spoken English with a slight Greek accent to make it more from the time.


    Do you think The Histories needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    What the producer of the audio tape should have done is provide Editor's Notes along the way and give a timeline reference we can understand and also define various terms of measurement like cubit, furlong, talon and the many other ancient terms so I could understand the reference of distances and weights. Also give a reference to the current name or location of a City mentioned in the History. There are many rivers and land formations/mountains mentioned. Giving the current name of the river or mountain range would have been very helpful.


    Any additional comments?

    The History was too tedious and had very few interesting periods. It is not interesting to hear about the family lineage of someone back twenty generations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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