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Gates of Fire Audiobook

Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae

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Publisher's Summary

Gates of Fire puts you at the side of valiant Spartan warriors in 480 BC for the bloody, climactic battle at Thermopylae. There, a few hundred of Sparta’s finest sacrificed their lives to hold back the invading Persian millions. The time they bought enabled the Greeks to rally - saving, according to ancient historian Herodotus, “Western democracy and freedom from perishing in the cradle.” How did the Spartans accomplish this superhuman feat? This is what the King of Persia hopes to learn from the sole Spartan survivor. The squire’s story indeed reveals the incredible rigors of Spartan training - and more importantly, how the whole culture fostered the mindset of fearlessness.

Steven Pressfield has skillfully combined scholarship and storytelling to bring the whole world of ancient Sparta brilliantly to life. George Guidall’s dramatic delivery enhances the richness and feeling of this inspired recreation.

©1998 Steven Pressfield (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Jeff Harris 01-02-13
    Jeff Harris 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Historical Fiction Recounting Great Warriors"
    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to George Guidall before but I did enjoy his performance of Gates of Fire. He did not go over-the-top as I was anticipating which was nice. The only thing I had to adjust to was his pronunciation of a few of the names, like Leonidas and some of the geographical locations. I had always heard them pronounced differently so I had to pay extra attention when names and locations were mentioned so I knew exactly what he was talking about.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Having served in the military, the camaraderie between the warriors reminded me of my service and the men and women I served with. It is accurate and telling of the bond shared by those who go through war and the relationships they build.


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    Amazon Customer 09-07-15
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    "made me cry"

    this epic has done its job. its story and the way it's told is so powerful i could not help but weep wonce the conclusion started.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bent 07-13-15
    Bent 07-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome book!"

    How is it possible to make a movie as SHIT as 300 from a story this great!? Read Pressfields story!!! It is infinately better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-06-15
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    "Excellent in Every Respect"

    Pressfield at the top of of his game. He adds just the right amount of artist license to this incredible historical event to make a story that is impossible to put down. George Guidall, as always, brings depth and life to this already magnificent book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Kansas City, MO, United States 03-26-13
    Amazon Customer Kansas City, MO, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant."
    Would you listen to Gates of Fire again? Why?

    I will absolutely listen to this book again. The story is rich, and colorful with many details about dozens and dozens of characters to fill out the world of the Greeks and Persians.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Despite knowing how the story ends prior to starting, I was surprised at how moved I was during several parts of the book. Emotionally moved in a way that I don't recall ever happening with another book.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Being a book about ancient Greece, written in an "old style" where each Province and every character is named often, it might get tedious to read and pronounce the Greek, even if just in one's own head. Guidall's pronunciations are faithful and consistent, and really helped to make the text (which is quite long) very accessible.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. It is told from a historian/narrator point of view, as a story; and it feels that way. I felt like an officer sitting in the Persian tent listening to Xeones tell the story. I wanted to hear it all, told straight through. But at over 14 hours... it wasn't possible.


    Any additional comments?

    Simply one of the best books I have ever read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristian Conroy 05-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "An epic story with many lessons"

    Definitely an interesting story with excellent insights into the thoughts and motivations of professional warriors.

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    Rachael 05-19-17
    Rachael 05-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "The corner stone of History "

    these historical events gives reason to the battles of Concord, Gonzales and Alamo, Freedom rings

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    Mark 05-15-17
    Mark 05-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The best audio book I have ever bought."

    I have never reviewed an audio book before but this one has earned it. A magnificent story with impeccable delivery. No recollection I could give would give it justice so all I will say is that it is a story one will not soon forget.

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    Toaster 05-11-17
    Toaster 05-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Superbly narrated"

    The kind of writing that paints a movie in your mind.
    I admit the first few chapters can be somewhat if a slog but once the story gets rolling, it's well told. Narrators enunciation is spot on and perfectly articulated. The horrors of war are vividly described so be wary if squimish.

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    Steve 05-09-17
    Steve 05-09-17
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    "best book"

    this is the best book I have read. if you haven't read historical fiction this is a great start

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