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Devour the latest epic tale of ancient Greece and Sunday Times top five best seller from the author of War of the Roses.

On the plains of Marathon an army of slaves gathers....

Under Darius the Great, King of Kings, the mighty Persian army - swollen by 10,000 Immortal warriors - have come to subjugate the Greeks.

In their path stands an army of freeborn Athenians and among them is fearsome and cunning soldier-statesman, Xanthippus.

Knowing defeat means slavery lends keenness to his already sharp blade....

Yet people soon forget that freedom is bought with blood.

Ten years later, Xanthippus watches helplessly as Athens succumbs to the bitter politics of factionalism, when the Persians cross the Hellespont in ever greater numbers to raze Athens to the ground.

Facing overwhelming forces by land and sea, the Athenians call on their Spartan allies for assistance - to delay the Persians at the treacherous pass of Thermopylae....

©2020 Conn Iggulden (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Incredible!! A must read! Can’t wait for part 2

Amazing writing. Very interesting.
Exciting and informative.
Would recommend this to those who enjoyed Conn’s genghis khan series.
Or those who enjoy hostorical fiction books.
Brilliant.

I can’t wait for the next part!

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Can't wait to listen to the next one!

Listened to it almost non-stop. Keep it up Conn! Good work narrator! Do a viking one next!

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Was conn on a word count

I made it to 7 hours and enough is enough nothing happened not even a good dialogue. this book will need to be 30 hours long before it went anywhere. Just terrible.

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Interesting... AND VERY GOOD!

I did think we were going to be same Greco-Persian War timeline books after the Falcon of Sparta, and I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy them. However, I was pleasantly surprised! This first book was excellent, and a I can’t wait for the next one! However, be warned of you already know a little about this time-line, it does take a bit of the suspense out of it.

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  • Stian Sandvik
  • 11-11-2020

Fantastic

This was my first Iggulden book in 10 years, and he hasn't lost a step. This is as good as the opening to Emperor or Conqueror.
The narrator lifts the story as well

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  • peter
  • 04-09-2020

OK

Having just re-listened to the Genghis series to my surprise I found this one pretty boring and I'm not sure why. I didn't find the Genghis series at all dull and was involved in all the subplots etc from the first chapter. This one left me restless and I didn't finish it.

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  • Silver Surfer
  • 02-09-2020

Too slow paced and dry.

I have listened to several Conn Iggulden audiobooks and approached this one fully expecting to enjoy it.
However while the action scenes were as well written as ever most of the rest of the narrative was frankly boring.
It felt in tone and style like a University lecture on the politics of Ancient Greece - knowledgeable, scholarly and unless it is your chosen academic subject, mind numbingly boring.
It was such a shame because George Blagden's narration was excellent.

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  • Stephen Deal
  • 19-08-2020

Superb and mostly accurate

A superb retelling of the dawn of the Athenian hegemony littered will characters that actually existed and participated in these era defining events. Minor liberties are taken with the timeline for narrative reasons, but these are acknowledged by the author. If, like me, you have a non-academic interest in the ancient world, this story brings to life events that have resonated down the ages.

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  • will h
  • 04-10-2020

Awful Narration

I enjoy Conns books immensely. This one is completely let down by the stilted and ponderous narration. There are many great readers around, Peter Noble and Steve Pacey for example, or the superlative Sean Barrett. Had the reader or director never listened to an audio book? I gave this a couple of hours as l really wanted to like it but the reader failed to keep my attention. One to avoid.l shall catch up with this story via an old fashioned book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-09-2020

it's alright... I guess🤷‍♂️

a bit too laid back i think... too much about what this guy felt or what that guy was thinking... not enough action like it was in the conqueror or emperor series... but ok I guess

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  • Mr. Anthony D. Bateman
  • 07-05-2021

poor narration

conn iggulden is an excellent writer of historical fiction but, and I can't blame all on the bland narration, this is not up to previous work, at times the story stalls in politics and seems disjointed, however I will buy the next in series. I would recommend christian camerons' " the long war " series for a better tale of this time period.

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  • Richard
  • 25-09-2020

Excellent!

Great performance. Fantastic writing as always,Conn always brings history to life. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend any of his books.

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  • Neil
  • 15-09-2020

Immense

As always Conn delivers, an incredible story teller/researcher who fills in the voids of history perfectly. Can’t wait for the next one. Love the historical explanation at the end.

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  • Graham A
  • 16-06-2021

Conn Iggulden at his usual best

As ever, the story telling ability of Conn Iggulden is second to none. He brings to life characters from one of the greatest eras of history. Love this and highly recommend!

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  • hjh_22
  • 25-05-2021

Slow to get started but comes good eventually!

Ok so the final third was great and more like Conn Iggulden's earlier work but before that whilst interesting was much too slow for my taste.

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  • David Leadbetter
  • 12-05-2021

Very enjoyable

An action packed political romp with sufficient grounding in historical events not to offend the historical purists. The narrator gave a brilliant performance with inflection and different personas. If you like this genre , a must .

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