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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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