The Persian Boy

  • by Mary Renault
  • Narrated by Roger May
  • 20 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Persian Boy traces the last years of Alexander's life through the eyes of his lover, Bagoas. Abducted and gelded as a boy, Bagoas is sold as a courtesan to King Darius of Persia, but finds freedom with Alexander the Great after the Macedon army conquers his homeland.
Their relationship sustains Alexander as he weathers assassination plots, the demands of two foreign wives, a sometimes mutinous army, and his own ferocious temper. After Alexander's mysterious death, we are left wondering if this Persian boy understood the great warrior and his ambitions better than anyone.

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What the Critics Say

"Mary Renault's portraits of the ancient world are fierce, complex and eloquent, infused at every turn with her life-long passion for the Classics. Her characters live vividly both in their own time, and in ours" (Madeline Miller)
"All my sense of the ancient world - its values, its style, the scent of its wars and passions - comes from Mary Renault. I turned to writing historical fiction because of something I learned from Renault: that it lets you shake off the mental shackles of your own era, all the categories and labels, and write freely about what really matters to you" (Emma Donoghue)

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History fleshed out.

What a wonderful gift, to be able to flesh out historical characters in such a convincing way! Excellent narration, too.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-12-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios