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The ultimate historical adventure novel: the life of Alexander the Great in a single, epic volume.

To many he was a god. To others he was a monster. The truth is even more extraordinary.

As a boy, Alexander dreamed of matching the heroic feats of Achilles. At 18 he led the Macedonian cavalry to a stunning victory against the Greeks. By 25 he had crushed the Persians in three monumental battles and was the master of the greatest empire the world had ever seen. Men began to call him a god. But behind the legend was another, more complex story.

Narrated by his boyhood friend Ptolemy, this is the story of Alexander as you have never heard it before: raw, intimate, thrilling - a story of extraordinary daring and unimaginable endurance; of wanton destruction and murderous intrigue - the epic tragedy of a man who aimed to be more than human.

©2020 Christian Cameron (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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What a listen!! Do it.

The worst thing about reading or listening to a Christian Cameron book, is the bit where you figure out that it is going to end soon because they are all such fantastic novels and stories.

This story was ridiculously gripping and it went on for 40 hours it has kept me going for days and days and days. Peter Mobile and Christine Cameron make a fantastic pairing.

This book, it’s so good, the way it brings you through from Alexander’s childhood, with Tolemy’s view..... and the action, and the heroism,& the death and sorrow but then more huge battles!! What a book!!! 👌🏻

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epic

Best writer of historical fiction, great narrator, marvellous story of love friendship jealousy and war, or murder of nations and individuals, how power corrupts and all our human frailties, to the strongest, ruined by no pause to the credits

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Absolutely freaking amazing!

This is my first foray into historical fiction and I'm completely hooked. Told from the perspective of Ptolemy it is extremely well researched. Be prepared to do a lot of googling of terms if you are unfamiliar with places, people or nomenclature of the time. Fascinating and goes well beyond just the wars and battles, it gives a glimpse into that world. It's that good that I think my next credit is already spent on Tyrant book 1 which carries on the story of Kineas, who is a semi-fictional minor character in God of War.

The narrator is probably the best I've heard yet in my reletively new hobby of audio-reading. He does a brilliant job of drawing you in to the world.

HIGHLY recommended.

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Stunning

I couldn't believe it when I saw the running time of this book, but thank God it kept going. I didn't want it to end. So brilliantly written and beautifully read. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this!

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Alexander the despot

Christian Cameron is the best writer of historical fiction at the moment in my opinion. I loved this almost as much as I loved the Long War series and it's written in the same vein - an old man recounting the tales of his youth. In this case it's Alexanders friend and general Ptolemy (ancestor of Cleopatra...) The portal of Alexander is a fascinating one, and his development throughout the story is nuanced. I can't imagine Alexander being any other way, a sign of a good author I guess...

The best bit is that the book is narrated by Peter Noble! I haven't heard another narrator who is quite this good (and I listen to a lot of books). Cameron + Noble = a magical combination.

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this is an absolute monster of a book providing amazing value for money. as always Christian is one of the very best in the business with his immaculate research and writing, and Peter Noble proves himself as one of the most capable narrators in the business where you can actually see the older ptolomy on a couch telling this story to his young audience. for me, the only downside was quite how quickly the "this is audible" part cut in almost cutting off Alexander's last words

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  • Daniel P. Fradl
  • 21-03-21

41 hours of pure audiobook joy

I loved Cameron's Killer of Men series, set in ~500BC and had read a few others by him. I pre-ordered this and when it was released I saw it was 41 hours. My reaction was simply "thank the gods!". I knew I had a long period of happy book times ahead. Cameron uses the same formula as in Killer of Men series: an old man, telling a youngster about his life and the great events and people he witnessed. This time it's Ptolemy, old now and king Egypt, telling about growing up and campaigning with Alexander of Macedon (A. the Great) and his epic conquests. This is up there w Cameron's best, maybe is the best? Hard to say but it's great.

I really like doing ancients in historical fiction because the fiction writer can fill in so much that is left out of our limited source material. I listened to the excellent Phillip and Alexander by Goldsworthy but always wished I could fill in the blanks, even if imagined. This does that.

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  • Joshua Addison
  • 11-05-21

Closer to Nero than Alexander

If you've read Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield, this is basically the opposite in terms of Alexander the character. I've read every Greek oriented series by Christian Cameron and have loved them all. The Long War and Philopoemen series were excellent, bringing to life people and events in a way that only good historical fiction can. Cameron does pay close attention to historical details and relative accuracy, but he is certainly developing a narrative based off his opinions. Which to be fair is what any storyteller is going to do, but in the case of Alexander it's obvious he doesn't think very highly of him while having to begrudgingly respect things he's accomplished. He paints him as a sociopathic dictator that couldn't care less about anyone or anything except war. Which might not be too far off, there are many tyrannical stories of Alexander that seem to be forgotten; however, Cameron really interprets them to the extreme and often contradicts Alexander's character between being loved and hated. I really think the scope of this project was too grand for a single novel and Cameron struggled with pushing his narrative while maintaining some historical accuracy and by the end was just wanting to wrap it up. With all due respect, Cameron is a fantastic author and this novel was a massively impressive undertaking that was still entertaining, it just wasn't my cup of tea in the stories of Alexander. Also, Noble was as fantastic as ever.

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  • John K.
  • 02-04-21

Splendid Retelling of a Life and Legend

Alexander was a remarkable warrior and master tactician. He was also a megalomaniac. Christian Cameron retells his story wonderfully. Peter Noble is the perfect narrator for this epic.

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  • A Renee Mathews
  • 03-07-21

The truth is the truth

For some of us, who despite knowing the many faults of one of the greatest military leaders the world has ever seen, it was still a bit hard to listen to what very likely happened. The seemly superhuman skill, drive, ambition, and inarguable success of Alexander being seen as god-like is not too hard to comprehend, and his delusion sort of expected. So, if you are thinking of purchasing this audiobook to hear about the glorious deeds of Alexander, you might want to find another book. This one is unforgiving in its well-deserved judgment of the man! Yes, of course, it does not deny his genius, courage, and achievements, but it measures it with a scale that does not sway because of his charisma. It measures it with the coldness that criminal actions need to be judged with. My respect to Mr. Cameron for once again bringing so much entertainment and education, and to Mr. Noble, whose performances are as epic as the stories he narrates for us!