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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Yes. Great way to learn about a neglected part of ancient history
Learning how Rome rose to power
Learn how one man almost stopped the future
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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