The Commentaries

  • by Julius Caesar
  • Narrated by Charlton Griffin
  • 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Julius Caesar wrote his exciting Commentaries during some of the most grueling campaigns ever undertaken by a Roman army. The Gallic Wars and The Civil Wars constitute the greatest series of military dispatches ever written. As literature, they are representative of the finest expressions of Latin prose in its "golden" age, a benchmark of elegant style and masculine brevity imitated by young schoolboys for centuries.One of the most daring and brilliant generals of all time, Julius Caesar combined the elements of tactical genius with the shrewdness of a master politician. He was an astute judge of men's character - their strengths and weaknesses. Whenever possible, he exercised restraint and mercy even when his worst enemies were in his power. But he also knew when and how to mete out stern punishment and his swift retaliations became a hallmark of his career. With his charismatic leadership, his powerful intellect and his magnetic personal charm, Julius Caesar became the idol of men and women everywhere. The fanatic loyalty of his troops and the adulation of the Roman public propelled him to the pinnacle of power. Historian Will Durant called him "the most complete man that antiquity produced."Follow along in this recording as Julius Caesar in 50 B.C. undertakes the awesome enterprise of subduing savage Gaul, an area roughly the size of Texas. That task was barely completed before his enemies in Rome struck, igniting the bloody Civil War that engulfed most of the Roman Empire and afterward left Caesar in supreme power.

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Classic of mispronunciation

I bought this audiobook recently and am absolutely appalled at the mispronunciation of so much of the text by Charlton Griffin. I would be fascinated to know whether English is his first language or whether any audio proof reading was conducted on the recording. It is incoceivable that a professional reader could pronounce ordinary English words so badly.

Apart from the dreadful stressing of words like "forest" which is spokes as "four-est", there are glaring and disconcerting mistakes that leave the listener trying to make sense of the text.

Some examples are
"dogged pursuit" as in "dog-ed" is pronounced "dog'd"
"draught of men" as in "draft", pronounced "drout"
Americanism such as "missile" as in "miss'ile" pronounced "mizzle" and many more
"redoubt" pronounced "read-out"
Pronunciation of French place names in many cases are just not capable of understanding, such as the rivers "Aisne" which comes as "eye-ne" as opposed to "ayne" or "Saone" appearing as "sain" as opposed to "sa-own"
And dozens more of which perhaps the most amusing is the confusion of "route" and "rout", both pronounced "rout".

I wish I had not bought it and would advise readers to look for a better narrator.
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- Steven

A great window into the past, great production.

Very easy listening well told real account of Ceasars campaigns. Gives a good indication of the Roman military world.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-06-2009
  • Publisher: Audio Connoisseur