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Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) ascended to the throne of Macedon at the age of 20. He fought his greatest battles, including the conquest of the mighty Persian Empire, before he was 25, and died at the age of 33, still undefeated by any enemy. His reputation as a supreme warrior and leader of men is unsurpassed in the annals of history.

In the brilliantly imagined first-person voice of Alexander the Great, acclaimed novelist Steven Pressfield brings to life his epic battles, his unerring command of his forces, and the passions and ambitions that drove him. A full-blooded, multi-dimensional portrait, The Virtues of War captures Alexander's complex character. No one tells of battles as brilliantly as Pressfield, and here he vividly describes the seminal conflicts of Alexander's career, revealing the tactics behind them and capturing the blood, heat, and terror of the battlefield.

©2004 Steven Pressfield; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.

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loved every minute

Hard to believe this time in history but this book brought it to life greatness

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Concepts of war

I throughly enjoyed Mr. Pressfield's superb ability to introspectively describe the internal conflicts at the foundation of war and conquest.

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STELLAR!

What did you love best about The Virtues of War?

Amazing audio book. Narration is very well done, and the story is very intriguing. If you know even a little about Alexander the Great, you will be very familiar with the subject matter. Talks a lot about his generals, major campaigns, etc.<br/><br/>Author takes a unique approach in that while it is historical, he took some liberties with the some of the characters/events that take place. He states this from the very beginning as well.<br/><br/>Great book!

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A fantastic listen!

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I love these gems that far exceed my expectations. This is a story skillfully written and perfectly performed. I really enjoyed everything about this tale. Beam me up, Scotty...ancient earth is a violent place!

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Excellently written and read. One of my favorites!

Excellently written and read. One of my favorites! seven more words so I can post.

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Good but for the awful accent

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was an interesting and worthwhile fiction of Alexander's life

What did you like best about this story?

The weaving of fact with imagined and interpreted storytelling

What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?

I liked the story but the mispronouncing everything to an American style was incredibly grating! Like "comm-ahn-der" being pronounced as "kommand-er". Every time he (being an English not American speaker) got it wrong, it ruined my concentration and therefore the story

Did The Virtues of War inspire you to do anything?

Avoid John Lee at all cost

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From another time

Alexander the Great is of course one of the major historical figures. In a short 12 hours Pressfield describes his ascent as king of Makedonia to conquering an empire and finally succumbing after being transformed by his experiences as the supreme warlord.

Originally 'simply' an incredibly brilliant war strategist and brave warrior, his decades long wars with increasing confrontation with more advanced civilizations changes Alexander, and alienates him from his erstwhile comrades.

The book describes the war tactics of Alexander and his adversaries, how Alexander whips up but also makes mistakes with his warrior group that is further and further away from home. And describes his own feelings of being the lonely man-god that is not allowed to fail. It is a world very distant from ours, in its brutality/barbarism, its honor code and its interpersonal relationships. But still close enough to understand and enjoy.

John Lee as always is a brilliant narrator.

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  • Bonnie
  • Bellmore, NY, United States
  • 11-06-11

Read Arrians version as well

This is a wonderful interpretation of the story of Alexander the Great. It is a historical novel, and it does take license, on many things. However John Lee does a wonderful narration and if you are truly an "Alexander' enthusiast, this book, along with "Alexander the Great" by Arrian, and "Alexander" by Harold Lamb these two books are narrated by Charlton Griffin, who like John Lee is a wonderful narrator. Your points will not be wasted on any of these books I promise.

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  • Andrew
  • Cedar City, UT, USA
  • 07-21-08

More than just an old story.

Wow! Pressfield is not just a story teller, he is a thinker, a philosopher. Alexander of Macedon has enjoyed mythic renown for centuries, but who has told his story with such glaring insights into this human condition of ours? I really enjoyed this book.

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loved it

Listened to it twice. Gives a glimpse into the minds of men as they might have been.