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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden. 

In the Ancient World, one army was feared above all others. This is their story. 

When Cyrus, brother to the Great King of Persia, attempts to overthrow his reckless sibling, he employs a Greek mercenary army of 10,000 soldiers. When this army becomes stranded as a result of the unexpected death of Cyrus and then witnesses the treacherous murder of its entire officer corps, despair overtakes them. 

One man, Xenophon, rallies the Greeks. As he attempts to lead them to freedom across 1,500 miles of hostile territory seething with adversaries, 10,000 men set off on the long way home. 

©2018 Conn Iggulden (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Very good book but not Conn's best

Great book well read. It was pedictable due to the synopsis but enjoyable nonetheless. Highly recommended.

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another great story by con iggulden.

loved the story. i felt the narrator was not the right choice. not enough depth to his voice.

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Phenomenal story and so well read

This book is amazing. I listened to it on holidays and took a page of brief notes to remember the strange names and places. It is an incredible story and the reader just nails it. Super immersive.

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Excellent tale of the Spartan warriors .

A wonderfully performed historical novel. Prince Cyrus of Persia leads Greek mercenaries against his brother the king of the huge Persian empire and almost succeeded in winning the throne. This is the story of his campaign, his defeat in battle and the struggle of the Greeks to retreat to their homes, against terrible odds.

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A fun read

Not quite as good as the wolves of the plain, but enjoyed being taken back in time ... great build ups, but a little anti-climatic at times ...

That said, I do recommend it and am already wanting to get into the next in the series ...

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One of his weakest books

It lacked substance, character development, and the description gives everything away before you begin. I usually finish a book, but this one I couldn’t as it didn’t grip me enough

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  • peter
  • 27-10-2018

An excellent retelling

Very enjoyable despite the somewhat apathetic tone of the narration. This author - except for the Rome series - is one of the best historical novelists of any period. Recommended.

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  • Allard
  • 27-10-2020

Enjoyed the narrating, liked Conqueror more

Enjoyed the narrating, liked Conqueror more. This story is a bit to straight forward and fast paced to my liking, missing some culture and depth. Even with the surprising developments that happen to some character. Still, enjoyed it a lot.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-04-2019

Another Work of Art

Iggulden knocks it out of the park once again, it's gripping, from start to finish

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  • joff
  • 17-05-2018

An Interesting historical fiction story

The story was very well told with characters which you become to care about. I didn't know much about this part of history but it is an interesting slice of history which I have found myself researching more on. I'm a massive fan of Conn Iggulden's writing and am happy to say this book doesn't disappoint.

I haven't listened to Michael Fox's narrations before I feel that he did a good job with narrating this book. Towards the end he started to really win me over. I think he is still quite new to narrating and will in time become an excellent narrator. For this performance I will give him a 4 star performance but I don't let that discourage you from listening to it. I would definitely listen to him read another book.

At the end of Conn Iggulden's books there is usually a note from him explaining where he made changes to history to help with character arcs and moving the plot on (I love reading this section). I was very disappointed to find there wasn't one for this audio-book.

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  • Simon
  • 10-05-2018

Conn's Falcon Has Him Flying High Again!

I was starting to think that I wasn't quite so in thrall to Mr Iggulden after my two previous attempts at his books. Dunstan was a strong but slightly less spectacular historical novel while Darien from the Empire of Salt trilogy wasn't something I thought would set the fantasy genre alight no matter how brave he'd been to try something so new.

The Falcon of Sparta though sees Iggulden doing what I think he does best. Taking an historical tale of already epic proportions and bringing it to life for us. Giving us heroes, epic battles and a grand, impossible journey engineered by a quite unlikely champion of Greece! The sheer scale of what they attempted given the terrain and distance they needed to cross is one of the truly great stories of the Ancient Greeks.

The structure of the book is a little different with the narrative being carried by almost a relay team of lead characters. Michael Fox is the man charged with putting the breath into Persians and Greeks alike. He does a very sound job and is engaging throughout though I wouldn't say his performance is quite of the very top standard. He's certainly much better than some of the choices Conn or his publisher have made in the past - check out the Emperor series for the proof.

If you've enjoyed some of Iggulden's earlier historical fiction and want some more then this is a very worthwhile purchase.

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  • nev kidd
  • 07-05-2018

This is a magnificent telling of this story.

This is a fantastic story of human spirit and courage and one of Greece's greatest citizens. Xenophon is an enigmatic figure from Ancient Greece; and this story tells of his greatest avhiehement.
Ten thousand Greek soldiers must attempt to fight their way across Persia to their homes. Along with ten thousand civilians... their lives look lost.
Conn Iggulden is one of the greatest historical fiction writers to ever pick up a pen (or laptop) and his books continue to both educate and entertain.

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  • 08-06-2018

Conn Iggulden, master story teller.

A marvellous tale, extremely well told and narrated. Conn Iggiulden never disappoints. wonderful battle scenes.

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  • Skip From Cheshire
  • 07-07-2021

HUGE SPOILER IN SYNOPSIS. DON’T READ IT

Great book but ruined by the synopsis telling of major character death that didn’t occur until 3/4 way through book. What total idiots.
Great book though

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-2021

Great audiobook!

Great book, really nice easy listening and engaging throughout. The downside is the anticlimactic ending

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  • Michael N
  • 04-06-2021

Shallow

If you loved the grandeur and vast sweep of the Story of the Mongals this will leave you underwhelmed. Also, the Yorkshire accent given to some Spartan characters were a distraction I’m afraid.

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  • Adam C.
  • 09-05-2021

Another must read .

Michael Fox brought this story to life. a great performance. Yet another epic story from Conn Iggulden. Fully enjoyed this book from the first word till the last. Never guessing the next twist. Brilliant.

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  • Dan Jones
  • 03-11-2020

A tale of two halves

Strange story. It's good, but it is almost like two different stories, with a very clear (in my opinion) first half and second half. It's not a bad story, just not great, and I found myself not really connecting with the characters.

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  • J. Wilshaw
  • 21-08-2020

the falcon of sparta

story was good but the reader????? He needs to get some intonation in his reading

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  • Lauren Marsh
  • 29-06-2020

Gutted to have finished it.

Gutted to have finished it. I wish it was part of a series. Great Book.

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