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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.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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.

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    Ethan 05-06-15
    Ethan 05-06-15
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    "Amazing"

    This goes down in my top 5 audiobooks of all time. Narration was superb. The perfect balance of history and fiction.

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    Adam Alleman 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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    K 11-14-17
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    Good book. You should read it, or don't read it. It makes literally no difference to me.
    "Audible 20 Review Sweepstakes Entry"

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    Anonymous 10-26-17
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    "Was not expecting such a great book"

    Started a tad slow but really was a great book. Really picked up and surprised how much I enjoyed this type of book. It is not my usual style but would highly recommend.

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    Ellis D Vener 10-02-17
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    "The story of the Battle told from a Spartan grunt’s point of view"

    An apt alternative subtitle of “Gates ofFire” could be “A Soldier’s Life”. Pressfield not only knows the details of history, as a former Marine Corps “grunt” he knows too what it feels like to be a soldier and the value of camraderie.

    Pressfield also writes well: pacing the action with quiet, thoughtful details bringing his characters to life with deft handling of the complexities of their individual stories.

    If your only introduction to the Battle of Thermopylae, Ancient Greece and Persia has been a skim through in a history book or the graphic novel and movie “300”, “Gates of Fire” will crack open those subjects like walnuts in a nutcracker.

    This is one good read. Enjoy

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    Timothy Oklahoma City, OK USA 09-17-17
    Timothy Oklahoma City, OK USA 09-17-17 Member Since 2005
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    "Thermopylae"

    This story is timeless and the author brings alive the events in a way that one can not help but feel are completely accurate. I find myself checking to see if Herodotus mentioned the attack on Xerxes camp. I've listened to it several times and will listen many more.

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    "Wow, did that really happen?"
    What made the experience of listening to Gates of Fire the most enjoyable?

    To know that it is recounting of actual events that changed the world forever - brilliantly detailed stirring a palette of emotions throughout.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has to be Xeones for his intimacy with the reader.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When the Spartans raid the tent of King Xerxes.


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

    Yes if only. My wife almost divorced me some days.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    6/22/16
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    "excellent"

    Enjoyed the storyline very much. The description of their lives and the finale made me feel I was there

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