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Gates of Fire Audiobook

Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae

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Gates of Fire puts you at the side of valiant Spartan warriors in 480 BC for the bloody, climactic battle at Thermopylae. There, a few hundred of Sparta’s finest sacrificed their lives to hold back the invading Persian millions. The time they bought enabled the Greeks to rally - saving, according to ancient historian Herodotus, “Western democracy and freedom from perishing in the cradle.” How did the Spartans accomplish this superhuman feat? This is what the King of Persia hopes to learn from the sole Spartan survivor. The squire’s story indeed reveals the incredible rigors of Spartan training - and more importantly, how the whole culture fostered the mindset of fearlessness.

Steven Pressfield has skillfully combined scholarship and storytelling to bring the whole world of ancient Sparta brilliantly to life. George Guidall’s dramatic delivery enhances the richness and feeling of this inspired recreation.

©1998 Steven Pressfield (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Andrew Wadsworth, OH, United States 10-07-12
    Andrew Wadsworth, OH, United States 10-07-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A great story"
    Where does Gates of Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #1


    What other book might you compare Gates of Fire to and why?

    I don't think you can compare it with anything. The history can be compared to the events that took place at the Alamo but this is an epic story. The story line was well written and enjoyed how it flowed.


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    Amazon Customer 09-07-15
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    "made me cry"

    this epic has done its job. its story and the way it's told is so powerful i could not help but weep wonce the conclusion started.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bent 07-13-15
    Bent 07-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome book!"

    How is it possible to make a movie as SHIT as 300 from a story this great!? Read Pressfields story!!! It is infinately better.

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    Amazon Customer 05-06-15
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    "Excellent in Every Respect"

    Pressfield at the top of of his game. He adds just the right amount of artist license to this incredible historical event to make a story that is impossible to put down. George Guidall, as always, brings depth and life to this already magnificent book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lonnie Palm Springs, Ca 01-02-14
    Lonnie Palm Springs, Ca 01-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Rich Historical Text Is Great Listen"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gates of Fire?

    Many memorable one liners and scenarios... Many which are seem insane, but are in fact historically verifiable.


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

    It was and I did, although the movie "300" had quite a bit more artistic license. One of my favorite movies however.


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps a tad long at time, the book does a great job at fleshing out just why Sparta was the military power house it has a history of being, and does service to the brave 300 who went to certain death and saved an empire in the process.

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    Amazon Customer Kansas City, MO, United States 03-26-13
    Amazon Customer Kansas City, MO, United States 03-26-13
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    "Brilliant."
    Would you listen to Gates of Fire again? Why?

    I will absolutely listen to this book again. The story is rich, and colorful with many details about dozens and dozens of characters to fill out the world of the Greeks and Persians.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Despite knowing how the story ends prior to starting, I was surprised at how moved I was during several parts of the book. Emotionally moved in a way that I don't recall ever happening with another book.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Being a book about ancient Greece, written in an "old style" where each Province and every character is named often, it might get tedious to read and pronounce the Greek, even if just in one's own head. Guidall's pronunciations are faithful and consistent, and really helped to make the text (which is quite long) very accessible.


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

    Yes. It is told from a historian/narrator point of view, as a story; and it feels that way. I felt like an officer sitting in the Persian tent listening to Xeones tell the story. I wanted to hear it all, told straight through. But at over 14 hours... it wasn't possible.


    Any additional comments?

    Simply one of the best books I have ever read.

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    Jeremiah L.F. 09-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "very good book"

    I had no problem finishing this book in a couple days. very good listen. awesome

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    Ian 08-25-16
    Ian 08-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A realistic look into Thermopolae"

    This book outlines the life of Xeones, a squire to a Spartan platoon leader who fights in the iconic Battle of the Hot Gates. It details his youth and the loss of his home and family, his travel to Sparta to become a warrior, and his life as a Spartan helot, the lowest class of Spartan society other than cowards. It details his story in such a way that you can completely understand why he has so much love and devotion for this culture that treats him like a slave, puts him through brutal physical tests, but also respects the higher virtues of honor and sacrifice.

    This book is the authors well researched and thought out look into Spartan society from the eyes of an outsider. It details the physical training, the battle tactics, and the honor culture that allowed Sparta to be the most fearsome military force in all of Greece for centuries.

    The story itself is gripping, you won't be able to stop listening, always wanting to hear one more chapter. The story it tells is a personal one, but while doing so illustrates the bonds that one can have to the people around them in the face of annihilation.

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    Larry Cowsert Saint Louis, MO USA 08-19-16
    Larry Cowsert Saint Louis, MO USA 08-19-16 Member Since 2014

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    "SPARTAN VALOR AGAINST ALL ODDS"

    We have all heard the story, in one form or another, but not in this detail and not with this much passion.

    Told by a modern day soldier, from the perspective of a soldier who was there, GATES OF FIRE brings the historical and philosophical imagery of Sparta as Nd her SPARTANS to life more vibrantly than any movie possibly could.

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    Dr. Davis 08-12-16
    Dr. Davis 08-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "300!!!"

    very good recount of the story of the 300 Spartans along with all the other nationalities that were involved highly recommend it

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