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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.


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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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    Mike 09-07-16
    Mike 09-07-16
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    "Back when audiobooks weren't 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Midlothien The World 09-03-16
    Midlothien The World 09-03-16 Member Since 2009

    As both a book lover & slow reader, I used to fantasize about books that would read themselves to me. My childhood dream came true!

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    "Listen to it if what I say makes no difference"

    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

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    justin holmes Earth 08-07-16
    justin holmes Earth 08-07-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Starting over right now"

    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

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    Sleeper 04-29-16
    Sleeper 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.

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    mon2cents 03-25-16
    mon2cents 03-25-16 Listener Since 2009
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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.

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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