Alexander the Great Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Alexander was born into the royal family of Macedonia, the kingdom that would soon rule over Greece. Tutored as a boy by Aristotle, Alexander had an inquisitive mind that would serve him well when he faced formidable obstacles during his military campaigns. Shortly after taking command of the army, he launched an invasion of the Persian Empire, and continued his conquests as far south as the deserts of Egypt and as far east as the mountains of present-day Pakistan and the plains of India.
In his lively and authoritative biography of Alexander, Philip Freeman describes Alexander's astonishing achievements and provides insight into the mercurial character of the great conqueror. Alexander could be petty and magnanimous, cruel and merciful, impulsive and farsighted. Above all, he was ferociously, intensely competitive and could not tolerate losing - which he rarely did.
As Freeman explains, without Alexander, the influence of Greece on the ancient world would surely not have been as great as it was, even if his motivation was not to spread Greek culture for beneficial purposes, but instead to unify his empire.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 34 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||March 21 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #8,011 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#11 in Greek History (Audible Books & Originals)
#11 in Ancient & Classical Greek History
#34 in History of Ancient Greece
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I was hoping for a book like James A Michener would write a story where the facts are woven in with a fictional cast to make for a continuous plot, not a just facts with a long list of the names of who did what, names I forgot before turning the page.
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Philip of Macedon
As his father foresaw, the story of his son would be one of all-consuming ambition, and this is the story told in this dramatic yet immensely readable introduction to Alexander the Great.
The author details the considerable achievements of Alexander's father Philip, and how they may have influenced some of Alexander's decisions.
Less an uncompromising academic biography than an accessible and gripping narrative of an eternally fascinating legend.