Marathon

The Long War, Book 2
Narrated by: Peter Noble
Series: The Long War, Book 2
Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Two and a half thousand years ago, the Greeks and the Persians fought an epic battle to decide the future of the world.... 

Arimnestos of Plataea grew up wanting to be a bronzesmith, like his father. Then, in the chaos of war, he was taken to a city in the Persian empire and sold as a slave. To win his freedom he had to show that he could fight and kill. Now, to preserve that freedom, he must kill again.  

For the Persians are coming. A vast army sent by King Darius to put down the rebellious Greeks and burn the city of Athens to the ground. Standing against them on the plain of Marathon is a much smaller force of Athenians, alongside their Plataean allies. To defeat such overwhelming force seems impossible. And yet to yield would mean the destruction of everything the Greeks have dreamed of.    

In the dust and heat of Marathon, in the clash of shields and the rush of spears, amid the thunder of hooves and the screams of the dying, those dreams will undergo their fiercest test - and Arimnestos and his Greek comrades will discover the true price of freedom.

©2019 Christian Cameron (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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another winner

Loved this. And bought third book. I had small-ish issue in first book w narrator losing volume at times, but narration here was perfect. Great stuff, easily as good as Cornwell & Ben Kane.

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I love this series

Typically I listen to epic fantasy series. But here with the touch of history it brings the storylines to life, as my mind weaves in what I remember from history class. My suggestion a solid read and I strongly suggest the series.

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Arimnestos continues his epic tale...

Again a must for any fans of Bernard Cornwell or Steven Pressfield. In this book, Arimnestos parallels the end of the Ionian revolt, the fall of Miletus, and ultimately the battle of Marathon(obviously). The narration and story are excellent, some of the historical facts are a bit off as is often the case with these sort of books, but he's all in all for true to the ancient Greek world and does a good job of capturing what could have been the ancient Hellenic mindset. I thoroughly enjoy his works.

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Excelente trabajo

Si te gustan las novelas históricas con mucha acción, te va a encantar, muy bien narrada.

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perfect

this was probably the best horrible experience I have ever had and that includes hundreds of titles. The story of course was great but the writing and the narration were just planned superb.

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  • Simon
  • 07-06-19

The Ancient Mariner

There's already something comforting and familiar about joining old Arimnestos as he relates the tales of his extraordinary life as a warrior, blacksmith and as a man in turbulent times. Peter Noble voices him extremely well and you can almost hear the crackle of a fire in the background. He's telling his story to his young son and his friends though this really isn't in any way a children's tale. It's as bloody and vicious as you would expect from this genre across this period. There are many excellent battle and combat scenes and Cameron does not give anyone an easy ride. The body count is high giving a real feel for the sheer mortality of the people of the period.

In short, this is high quality historical military fiction and I will definitely be joining Arimnestos in front of his fire again in the not too distant future!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-18-19

beautiful book , I cried . extremely emotive.

superb pictures built of the Greeks and the love and brotherhood in war . please read

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  • Sam butler
  • 06-20-19

Amazing

If you're into historical fiction or not pick this series up. The world, the characters and the dialogue are all great. The way the main character tells the story in 1st person as an old man and interjects with comments now and then is beatiful.

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  • justin ford
  • 01-12-20

Very boring

I tried as hard as i could.
I find the series boring, and the narration poor.
And silly me kept hoping it was building into an epic.
Unfortunately it was not.
Gave up on the third book.