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Hannibal: One Man Against Rome | [Harold Lamb]

Hannibal: One Man Against Rome

This is the breathtaking adventure of the great Carthaginian general who shook the foundations of Rome. In the world's first "global" conflict, Hannibal Barca marched up and down the Italian peninsula for 18 years, appearing well nigh invincible to a Rome which began to doubt itself for the first time in its history.
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Publisher's Summary

This is the breathtaking adventure of the great Carthaginian general who shook the foundations of Rome. When conflict between Rome and Carthage resumed in 219 B.C., after a brief hiatus from the first Punic War, the Romans decided to invade Spain. Eluding several Roman legions sent out to intercept him in Spain and France, Hannibal Barca astoundingly led his small army of mercenaries over the Alps and thundered down into the Po Valley. The Carthaginian swept all resistance from his path and, as one victory led to another, drove a wedge between Rome and its allies. Hannibal marched up and down the Italian peninsula for 18 years, appearing well nigh invincible to a Rome which began to doubt itself for the first time in its history.

This violent and exciting narrative will thrill you with the accounts of heroism and brilliance displayed on both sides as the war raged mercilessly across the entire Western Mediterranean. Learn how the patience of Fabius Maximus and the genius of Lucius Cornelius Scipio finally turned the tide in this, the world's first "global" conflict...a conflict whose aftermath proved to be one of the most decisive and enduring events in world history. And finally, learn the secret to the success of Hannibal, the most brilliant military commander of all time.

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    Theron Sugar Land, TX, United States 01-26-12
    Theron Sugar Land, TX, United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Great biography and an even better history"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great way to learn about a neglected part of ancient history


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning how Rome rose to power


    What about Charlton Griffin’s performance did you like?

    Smooth


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Learn how one man almost stopped the future


    Any additional comments?

    Harold Lamb gives us a thorough history of Rome’s rise to Mediterranean superpower with his biography of Hannibal. I think that the significance of the Second Punic War is never highlighted in history. Rome’s defeat of Hannibal solidified its control of the Italian peninsula and the western, Mediterranean. Rome’s conquered territory in Iberia (Spain) and Africa, made her an empire. Only Hannibal seemed to grasp the threat of increasing Roman power for his city as well as the rest of the Mediterranean world. He saw the future. Through his struggles, we see how the history of the ancient world unfolded much more vividly than the typical dry narrative.

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    Fadi M. Tahan Fairfax, VA, US 12-10-10
    Fadi M. Tahan Fairfax, VA, US 12-10-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Book"

    The narrator is great, and every page of this book is well written. The finale is one of best lessons on war and history.

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    Jonathan 05-04-06
    Jonathan 05-04-06 Member Since 2014
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    "Historical Error"

    At the beginning of part 2 Lamb says the Capuans were discussing the medicine of Galen. This is 215 BC. Galen was not born until 129 AD. I find it astonishing no one ever noticed this! But I love Griffin's read. I just hope there aren't too many of these mistakes......ones I haven't caught.

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    Matthew Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-03-05
    Matthew Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-03-05
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    "Great subject; decent writing; uninspiring reader"

    The story of Hannibal is interesting and worth listening to -- he was a truly unique character among history's greatest warriors. The book's writing style veers a bit too much toward summary rather than detail, which I found disappointing. There are some detailed descriptions of the conflicts with Romans, but just as many are glossed over without a real attempt to set the scene. Overall, the writing style lacked drama. The reader's clipped English accent made the story "listen" like a college lecture rather than the adventure it should have been. I would suggest that those truly interested in their history listen to this book but those expeting a bit more flare from a tale look elsewhere.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Clifford Merchantville, NJ, USA 11-01-04
    Clifford Merchantville, NJ, USA 11-01-04
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    "Great Book"

    One of the best books I have ever listened to.

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    Anne Pratt 03-01-15
    Anne Pratt 03-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Too much detail!"

    too much detail! Not enough sorry line! It goes on and on with description, but doesn't develops a plot.

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    Sandy 05-02-12
    Sandy 05-02-12

    Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.

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    "sounds just ruined this for me"

    Possibly I may have put up with Mr Griffen's reading.
    The combination of other sounds and Charlton Griffen's voice and style just made this very very hard to actually hear the story.

    Do listen to the sample before you purchase.

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    Malcolm 05-20-07
    Malcolm 05-20-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Great"

    Wonderful read!

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    Dan White Hall, MD, USA 10-21-04
    Dan White Hall, MD, USA 10-21-04 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent and Informative"

    It took a while to get used to the timbre of the narrator but was glad I did. Fascinating story told from a very human point of view.

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    luke 05-30-13
    luke 05-30-13
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    "Too slow.. careful of this one"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It needed a better pace. It also needed a clear story line. The reader was good but just not good enough to give it life.


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