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Summary

He was trained by Aristotle in every branch of human learning, conquered much of Asia, and was one of the greatest leaders in the history of the world. He greatly influenced the spread of Hellenism and is responsible for profound changes in the course of world development. "To be mystical and intensely practical, to dream greatly and to do greatly, is not given to many men," says Agnes Savill; "it is this combination which gives Alexander his place apart in history. Aristotle had taught him that man's highest good lay in right activity of mind and body both. [Alexander] gives a strangely vivid impression of one whose body was his servant."

©1955 Agnes Savill (P)1993 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Like being in class

Honestly the speaker feels like being in class being taught by a polite, upper class lady who would disparage the youth of today. It takes some getting used to.

Overall though hearing of the battles, life and tribulations of Alexander was fascinating.

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  • JD
  • 17-02-21

It's hard to get over the bitter old woman whining.

It’s really hard to listen to an old woman complain about ‘kids today’ whilst nominally narrating a history.

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  • Donnie
  • 21-08-21

Great book, poor editing.

This review is more concerning the narration.

I usually really enjoy Nadia May as a narrator. She's got one of those voices that make things sound interesting. So I'm almost surprised that I would rate the narration very low on this one.

But it appears that many lines here and there were re-recorded and edited in. But they were not edited in with the same volume and it is very obvious when it was done. In the first few chapters it happened multiple times. Very annoying and this should have been edited better to make it smoother.

These aren't paragraphs or sections - just a sentence or part of a sentence, all throughout.

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  • Gene
  • 22-04-21

Refreshingly an Author who loves her topic

It was delightful, the reader's voice was absolutely soothing, lyrical, and engaging. The author clearly respects and things highly of Alexander. She's almost defensive about other authors denigrating or dismissing him. I read many critical historical pieces, that tear down historical figures in attempt to be relevant and objective. but sometimes it's good to remember why great historical figures were considered great, why the people who followed them genuinely loved them. About half the book it seems is an appendix of sort, but it's a delightful walk through the classical works related to Alexander.

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  • 15-11-20

I have read 2 0ther Alexander The Great Bio.

This one was just as good. as the other two I have read. I would recommend this Biography.

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  • christian p. nix
  • 20-01-18

superb

Superb account. well researched and providing a fresh look over one of my favorite historical characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-21

Enjoyable

This is a good book that goes through the events of Alexander’s life as well as the events that occurred after his death. I enjoyed listening to the speaker, I could tell that she had a great respect for Alexander.

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  • Marcus Chacos
  • 20-04-22

One of the Best Alexander Biographies

This is perhaps one of the best Alexander the Great biographies I have ever read/listened to. It is well researched, well reasoned and extremely well written. I would recommend it to any enthusiast of Alexander and anyone interested in his amazing history and profound legacy.

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  • Adam Seidl
  • 17-02-22

4 hours of toil

This text is erudite and interesting as it pertains to the life of Alexander the Great, his military victories, governing principles, and life. But after his death the author prattles on endlessly. Seriously, the last 4 hours are just her blathering about ancient Greek culture, without relation to the purported topic at hand. Boring, unnecessary, and mildly insulting to the listener.

I'd try another source for the life of Alexander, unless you have endless time for inane drivel.

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  • Angela S
  • 27-10-21

Unbearable !

Reflects poorly on the state of scholarship in 1955, when it was written.... but many better things were written at the same time! Unlistenable & unpleasant ... two high-handed opinionated grouches -- narrator & writer -- words fail me!
I've been listening to LOTS of Greek & Roman history and it has All been good -- but this is a dud