It is a supremely learned, painstakingly researched, and exquisitely written book about a fascinating part of ancient history. It is a true classic an..Show More »d like a work of Shakespeare, doesn't need to be compared to other books in my opinion. Everyone agrees on its definitiveness on the subject, and to boot, it uses an incredibly large vocabulary which I love. As someone who reads mostly non-fiction, this is one of the best books I have come across.
This version includes Gibbon's lengthy (and often essential) footnotes, inserted into the body of the text (with the words "footnote" and "end footnot..Show More »e" before and after). I believe the result is the best audiobook version of this classic. The reader is excellent: always energetic, while bringing the required weight, wit, and occasional sarcasm into his delivery.