The Persian Expedition

  • by Xenophon
  • Narrated by Pat Bottino
  • 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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- Emmanuel

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.


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- The_price_of_bottled_water

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-04-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.