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The Gates of Athens

Athenian
Narrated by: George Blagden
Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Set in the bloody, brutal world of ancient Persia, an age of ever-shifting loyalties and epic battles. Witness the rise and fall of the world's greatest empire.

©2020 Conn Iggulden (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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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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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Paul
  • 12-10-2020

Throughly enjoyed!

The usual high standard from Con Iggulden. If you enjoyed the emperor and conqueror series then this ones for you.

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  • Pen Name
  • 05-10-2020

Brilliant

Really enjoyed this book. Beautifully read by George Blagden, his voice suited the style of book perfectly

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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.