The Peloponnesian War
- Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
- Length: 26 hrs and 18 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 20-09-12
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audio Connoisseur
Thucydides was an Athenian noble born around 455 B.C. whose antecedents could be traced back to the great Peisitratus and Cimon. In 424 B.C., Thucydides was in command of naval forces attempting to defend Amphipolis in Thrace. Although unsuccessful through no fault of his own, his enemies in Athens blamed him for failure and engineered his exile. It was a fortunate event, for it was upon this accident of history that Thucydides gained the opportunity to become the chronicler of events in Greece. In complete contrast to the furious passions which raged around him, he described events with a cool detachment and an absolute impartiality that is little short of miraculous. He is believed to have died violently, perhaps while writing, in about 400 B.C. His manuscript simply breaks off in mid paragraph.
The Peloponnesian War is organized into eight parts (“books”). This recording uses the highly esteemed translation of Benjamin Jowett. There are several essays preceding and following the work.
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By AHW on 04-08-15
Fantastic & full! Valued added cntnt. x1.25 speed.
Great rendition, fair length (as unabridged) and enjoyed throughout. Having read the text it was fantastic, as listening gives a slightly different tack on visualising the battles / events as described. Recommend listening at x1.25 speed. Additional post analysis was good addition. Obv. purely ornamental, but enjoyed the musical interludes that punctuate the volumes greatly, and they add nicely to the athmosphere.
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By David A. Montalvo on 25-05-16
You better know the events before listening
Would you consider the audio edition of The Peloponnesian War to be better than the print version?
No. You really need maps and an appendix. So many names are thrown around with little explanation that if your attention wavers for a second you can find yourself pretty disoriented, not knowing if the people being described are with Athens or the Pelloponesians.
What other book might you compare The Peloponnesian War to and why?
Stephen Pressfield's Tides of War is a fictionalized retelling of some of the events surrounding Alcibiades. Might be a good place to start for an entertaining listen.
What does Charlton Griffin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He is an excellent reader. Great pronunciation. Great dramatic flair.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No way no how.
Any additional comments?
I had to keep wikipedia opened, as well as have maps available to make sense of a lot of the events. This is not a casual listen if you are unfamiliar with the war.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
By Douglas on 18-03-17
Remarkable Work of History; Difficult but Worth It
This is an amazing work of history written centuries ago. It is not easy to read, but it is worth it if you can get through it.
Unless you are very familiar with ancient Greece, this is going to be a chore to read. The many names and places are hard to keep up with. To be honest, there are going to be many names and places referenced that you won't know anything about and you just have to accept that.
The great thing is that there are several introductions to the book which help give you an idea of what's going on. I would encourage everyone to listen to all of the introductions and the afterward.
The narration is perfect. Perhaps the best narrating job I've come across on Audible.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful