Alexander of Macedon

Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: History, Ancient
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The enigma of Alexander the Great has remained with us for 2,300 years. In spite of the best efforts of historians, Alexander is no less a mystery to us now than he probably was during his own lifetime. There was no one like him before or since. In the pages of Harold Lamb's intriguing Alexander of Macedon, we find some of the answers to the great riddle of his character. Lamb, author of the magnificent Hannibal: One Man Against Rome, has once more pushed the envelope of historical writing to give us a glimpse of what Alexander might really have been like.

Using as his principle source material the Anabasis of Alexander by Arrian, Lamb has cobbled together not only a straightforward retelling of the exciting adventures of the Macedonian, but he has also deftly reconstructed those hidden events of which history is silent. The result is a remarkable portrait of a young man thrust into the leadership of a semi-barbarous Greek people. This is the story of that whirlwind of physical and mental energy which was to explode across the surface of the known world. In the end, it was the civilization of the East which captured Alexander. His untimely death a mere dozen years after his accession to power robbed mankind of one of the most compelling visionaries who ever lived.

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Read Arrian first

I listened to both Alexander of Macedon by H.Lamb and Alexander by Arrian. Each provides insight and detail that complement the other, however I enjoyed the account by Arrian much more. Regardless, I highly recommend both and I guarantee that listening to both books will only increase your fascination with Alexander the Great. Each work is narrated to perfection by Charlton Griffin.

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Alexander a purpose from history

Alexander of Macedon by Harold Lamb, is a brillant essay on the life and times of a colossus figure from history Alexander the Great.

From beginning to the end is a terrific listen and it holds you by the throat at times as you find yourself sitting at council with Alexander and his men, next you are in the heat of battle, and than you hear the faint talk of men in the camp as your eyes slowly close by the crackling fire.

Please download this book it is a great collection for your audio library. I have it in mine :)

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You are There

Harold Lamb writes history like a novel. It is never boring. You learn not just events and dates but why and how. I now have insight to Alexander's motivations and circumstances.

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Harold Lamb does it again

I have read several accounts of "Alexander the Great" this is one interpretation, that has much research, as all Harold Lamb's books, this one is wonderfully narrated by Charlton Griffin. I do suggest that you should read "Alexander the Great" by Arrian, also narrated by Charlton Griffin. This book does make reference, to Arrian's account several times. I also recommend, "The Virtues of War" by Steven Presfield narrated by John Lee. These three books are a must for anyone who has a fascination, with the legend of Alexander. Your points will not be wasted on any of these.

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Another Winner by Harold Lamb

This is the second book I have read that was written by Harold Lamb and, as was Hannibal, this book was equally engaging and provided you with a good understanding of who Alexander was. The reality is that there is not a lot of information about these ancient historical figures; and Mr. Lamb's ability to cobble together a strong narrative is worthy of note.

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The greatest book about the greatest man

This has become by far my favorite book ever. It tells the fascinating story of the life of Alexander the Great in a way never done before. It is a historically accurate book that has a narrative tone that makes it read like a story rather than a history. I recommend this book for anyone who has even a fleeting interest in the man and I believe that it will turn that fleeting interest into a downright passion.

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Lush Production; Fascinating Story

A lushly produced audiobook with music, sound effects and many different voices and cadences ... all of which help paint a vivid picture of this fascinating man and his story. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in ancient history who wants to enrich their understanding of Alexander of Macedon and his times.

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Not a true biography

This is not a biography. It is a novel. There is way too much invented action and dialogue to take it seriously. The narrator has one of those overwrought British accents that one associates with ancient history due to Hollywood historical epics. I couldn't listen past 2 hours of it.

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What an Amazing Man!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Alexander of Macedon?

When he first exerts his will in asking for his horse, Bucephalus.

Have you listened to any of Charlton Griffin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, Louis XIV at Versailles. Both were excellent. His voice can be a little overpowering at times but is very easy to listen to.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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Any additional comments?

Excellent history of Alexander. The author tries to be fair and informative about what is history and what is myth and tells the story of this incredible man in a very entertaining and engaging manner.
I really can't recommend it highly enough.

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So terrifically read!

I've enjoyed every minute of this audiobook. Highly recommended!

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  • 06-14-16

Its the small things that annoy you.

I'm sorry there are only so many times you can hear 'ORFICER' before you feel like throwing your Laptop out the window!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-17

Unbiased account

Unbiased account of history based on undistorted evidence. Well written and narrated. Well worth listening to