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Kenneth B. Wolfe

Santa Fe, NM
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  • The March of the Ten Thousand

  • By: Xenophon
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

Translated by W. E. D. Rouse, The March of the Ten Thousand is one of the most admired and widely read pieces of ancient literature to come down to us. Xenophon employs a very simple, straightforward style to describe what is probably the most exciting military adventure ever undertaken. It is an epic of courage, faith and democratic principle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An intelligent leader

  • By Benedict on 04-13-04

Engaging Adventure

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-11

This engaging adventure story tells of Xenophon's return from Mesopotamia with his Greek mercenaries. The narrator gives an excellent performance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Histories

  • By: Herodotus
  • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
  • Length: 27 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

Herodotus is not only the father of the art and the science of historical writing, but also one of the Western tradition's most compelling storytellers. In tales such as that of Gyges, who murders Candaules, the king of Lydia, and usurps his throne and his marriage bed, thereby bringing on, generations later, war with the Persians, Herodotus laid bare the intricate human entanglements at the core of great historical events.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pater historiae: Latin, b/c who gets Greek jokes?

  • By Darwin8u on 05-21-12

Quite a pleasure

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-11

This is an excellent book to listen to. The main story is highly engaging and the book is full of interesting side stories. The narration is well done. The translation, however, is old-fashioned (plenty of 'thee's and thou's).

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Four Greek Comedies

  • 'The Birds', 'The Frogs', 'The Clouds', and 'The Peace'
  • By: Aristophanes, C. A. Wheelwright (translator)
  • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

These four plays, translated into blank verse by C. A. Wheelwright, present to us the wide range of this ancient playwright's fertile imagination. From war and peace to politics and society to the relationships between mena nd women, no topic is off-limits.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not funny

  • By Kenneth B. Wolfe on 09-24-11

Not funny

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-11

The translation is archaic ('thee/thou'). It's not funny. Comedy should be translated into contemporary English. I couldn't bear to listen to much of it. Aristophanes deserves much better.

12 of 31 people found this review helpful