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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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    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.

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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.

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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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    Darrell J. Greenwald 01-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A Masterful Testament to the Cost of Freedom."

    Gates of Fire is a must read. About the historic battle of Thermopylae, Gates of Fire is a brilliant testament to the valor and sprit of the warriors who pay the price for our freedom with their own blood and to the mothers and wives of the warriors who sacrifice even more.

    I can't imagine I'll finish a better book this year or in the next few years for that matter, but it's always a possibility.

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    David United States 01-09-17
    David United States 01-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Couldn't stop listening. Enthralling."

    In the Spartan style. This book and performance are completely riveting, makes one want more.

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    chris 01-06-17
    chris 01-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A great example for military leaders"

    I loved this book. what it means to be small in numbers but prolific in action and meaning. military leaders learning what they should be more like.

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    Anne Ryberg Boulder, CO United States 12-19-16
    Anne Ryberg Boulder, CO United States 12-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good rendition of the greatest story of all time."

    Good rendition of the greatest story of all time.

    Well written and well read.

    Molon labe. !!!

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    Brady 11-30-16
    Brady 11-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Best book I've ever read."

    Favorite of all time. So much to learn as a man and to respect from women. Love this book.

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