Gates of Fire

  • by Steven Pressfield
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Gates of Fire puts you at the side of valiant Spartan warriors in 480 BC for the bloody, climactic battle at Thermopylae. There, a few hundred of Sparta’s finest sacrificed their lives to hold back the invading Persian millions. The time they bought enabled the Greeks to rally - saving, according to ancient historian Herodotus, “Western democracy and freedom from perishing in the cradle.” How did the Spartans accomplish this superhuman feat? This is what the King of Persia hopes to learn from the sole Spartan survivor. The squire’s story indeed reveals the incredible rigors of Spartan training - and more importantly, how the whole culture fostered the mindset of fearlessness.
Steven Pressfield has skillfully combined scholarship and storytelling to bring the whole world of ancient Sparta brilliantly to life. George Guidall’s dramatic delivery enhances the richness and feeling of this inspired recreation.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Wow, did that really happen?

What made the experience of listening to Gates of Fire the most enjoyable?

To know that it is recounting of actual events that changed the world forever - brilliantly detailed stirring a palette of emotions throughout.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It has to be Xeones for his intimacy with the reader.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When the Spartans raid the tent of King Xerxes.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes if only. My wife almost divorced me some days.

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- Dustin


Enjoyed the storyline very much. The description of their lives and the finale made me feel I was there
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-02-2012
  • Publisher: Recorded Books