Steven Pressfield is the internationally best-selling author of Gates of Fire and Tides of War. An epic of love and war, Last of the Amazons is a gripping, imaginative novel of the ancient world filled with Pressfield’s trademark extraordinary attention to detail. In the time before Homer, the legendary Theseus, king of Athens, journeys to the nation of proud female warriors whom the Greeks called Amazons.
©2002 Steven Pressfield (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC
I felt like I was sitting around a camp fire, listening to the most riveting tale of love, hate, honor, and valor. My heart beat faster at the climax of the story, I feared for the characters when they were wounded, and rejoiced when they struck a victory.
I think so
The Amazons and the battle. Least would be the characters form of story tellers.
There are several and they were all good.
I discovered this book by chance at the library. I couldn't get enough of the story, the characters, the action, the tragedy, the love. I borrowed it over and over, skipping to my favorite passages. I finally bought a copy and have read it dozens of times. The audible version is fantastic, having several narrators helps when the POV changes, and they tell the story with real emotion.
ZEN. LDS. GTD. FTW.
I really like the narration. The reading is excellent. I just didn't like the story, and in a way, that affected the performance (for me, anyway).
Steven Pressfield is one of the greatest writers alive, but this one was not his best IMO.
Less dour, I guess
The narrator (the first one, the one is the sample clip) is an excellent narrator. She reads poetry for Poetry Magazine (if I'm not mistaken) and she really helps me understand the underlying messages.
I believe that this book was written before his pinnacle work, The Gates of Fire, but Pressfield's take on the Amazons is one of the finest historical fiction novels I have read...and I have read quite a few. I wrote a long passionate review of this book but scrapped it to simply say that I am so pleased I got the audio version of this book even though I read it years ago. The level of detail on every subject brought up in the book makes this journey a truly fascinating, rewarding, deep-breathing and supremely rich read and experience. I have read all of his work and it is easy to understand why it would be very difficult to follow any of his work, from this book through to his Rommel book that could reach the heights he attains in this book. Obviously, this is my cup of literate tea.
I enjoyed learning about the lives of the Amazons and how their lives differed from that of the Athenians. I disliked the way the story ended in such a tidy, sentimental way. The one daughter of the Amazons has to be its champion. The story would have been fine without it. Also, by beginning the story several years after the war, it spoils the fact that the Amazons lose. Or maybe the title does that already.
Yes, Last of the Amazons was entertaining enough. I wouldn't mind reading another book.
Selene was my favorite character. Sincere and stoic, she tells how she violated the rules of her society, gave up her freedom, and saved what was left of the Amazons.
Often the movie made from a book is very different from its source material. There is no guarantee that it will be a good movie or true to the book. And these two maybe mutually exclusive. Generally I like to watch a movie first than read the book. If you fall in love with the book, the movie will never live up to it. If you see a movie and love it, there is still a chance you will love the book.
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