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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Wow! Since am a fan of ancient literature, I looked forward to this book -- but I didn't expect a page turner. But there you are! I am simply amazed at how much detail is found here -- the author must have scoured every nook and cranny to get so much information on a man who lived 200 years before Christ, never wrote a word himself, and was remembered primarily by his enemies (Romans) who really wanted to erase him from memory. The author argues that Hannibal is a greater general in some ways than Napolean, and that, but for Hannibal, there would really be no Julius Ceaser (he got a lot of good ideas from Hannibal.) But besides the numerous fascinating war scenarios, and the intriguing tatics devised by Hannibal -- he's also a remarkable man-- loyal, cunning, taciturn, humble, and, yes -- caring. He really sacrificed his life for Carthage. Even in 6th grade, for some reason, I always rooted for the Carthigians -- now even more so! So get settled in your easy chair, and prepare for a darn good yarn. Trust me, there's a lot more to know about Hannibal than you probably know. Nicely read too. Sound effects add a nice touch setting scenes, but never get out of hand, and the narrator successfully projects various character voices. I love his take on Hannibal.
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.
This could be a good book. I'll pick it up from the library for sure. However, by the narrator of this audio book, I couldn't tell. Think of a pretentious, dry English professor with a monocle and his nose in the air as he recites a story at you. It was all I could handle to listen to the first two chapters.
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