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.
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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.
Many memorable one liners and scenarios... Many which are seem insane, but are in fact historically verifiable.
It was and I did, although the movie "300" had quite a bit more artistic license. One of my favorite movies however.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Simply one of the best books I have ever read.
I have not listened to George Guidall before but I did enjoy his performance of Gates of Fire. He did not go over-the-top as I was anticipating which was nice. The only thing I had to adjust to was his pronunciation of a few of the names, like Leonidas and some of the geographical locations. I had always heard them pronounced differently so I had to pay extra attention when names and locations were mentioned so I knew exactly what he was talking about.
Having served in the military, the camaraderie between the warriors reminded me of my service and the men and women I served with. It is accurate and telling of the bond shared by those who go through war and the relationships they build.
Boring and drags horribly on. Quite scatter brained also. First time I've felt the need to actually write a review of a book it was so bad. I never got to the actual information on the battle itself.
Read a few of the reviews, thought it was going to be something to write home about.. Narrayor was great as he always is. Story was good but Ididnt think it was the 2nd coming of War and Peace like some of the others did..
Fabulously educational with depth of knowledge of armaments, battle techniques, everyday life, and, most interestingly, the philosophical paradigm in which the Spartans lived.
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