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Xenophon, after being exiled from Athens, spent the last years of his life hunting, writing, and recalling in his books the great days of the Persian expedition.

This record of one of the most famous marches in history contains an account of the day-to-day life of ordinary men and soldiers. It demonstrates how Greek theories of government and morality worked out in practice - for with his admiration for the great, Xenophon had a rare ability to understand and describe the outlook of lesser men.

His own fortunes, too, are intensely moving. Cool, calculating, brilliant, and intensely pious, he is one of the most fascinating characters of history, and his account of his own doings is so far from being self-conscious that he seems to be one of the very few Greeks whose ways and manners have been accurately documented.

Translated by Rex Warner.

(P)1999 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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did Stephen Hawking narrate this?

Great story, terrible narrator. Very mechanical in delivery and absolutely no emotion in his voice.

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Better know something about the history first

What did you like best about The Persian Expedition? What did you like least?

very detailed account of the wars and societies

What other book might you compare The Persian Expedition to and why?

Any additional comments?

Sort of tough lister due to the many Greek names that made it difficult to sort through

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  • Elizabeth
  • Windham, NH, United States
  • 12-20-14

Compelling, timeless

Would you listen to The Persian Expedition again? Why?

It's just such a good yarn

Any additional comments?

The narrator here was just perfect. The "Joe Friday" just the facts narration suited the never-a-dull minute factual text.

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  • Emmanuel
  • 05-12-15

Clasic book - worst reading ever!

Would you try another book written by Xenophon or narrated by Pat Bottino?

Xenophon tells the great tale of returing from Persia to Greece, a true classic.
I am not sure Pat Bottino reads the boo, I am under the impression that a PDF automatic reader was used. The metallic and passive voice is just a punishment.

What other book might you compare The Persian Expedition to, and why?

As to Greek fighting, The Iliad and Hell's Gate (300) are as descriptive.

How could the performance have been better?

Any other reader could do a better job.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Persian Expedition?

hard to edit a Greek classic, it doesn't adhere to today's story telling.

Any additional comments?

find another version.

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  • The_price_of_bottled_water
  • 04-04-14

Great story - shockingly bad narrator

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Great story, but the narrator reads in a wooden, halting american accent. Honestly it is terrible, and spoils the whole thing.