Alexander the Great and His Time

Version: Unabridged
Author: Agnes Savill
Narrator: Nadia May
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Ancient Civilizations
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: January 2005
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 46 minutes
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"To be mystical and intensely practical, to dream greatly and to do greatly, is not," says Agnes Savill, "given to many men; 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."
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 was unquestionably one of the most brilliant and commanding generals of all time. He greatly influenced the spread of Hellenism and is responsible for profound changes in the course of world development.
Agnes Savill gives us a vivid account of the life, personality, failures and accomplishments of one of history's largest characters.

Reviews (3)

Alexander the Great

Written by Shelly on August 21st, 2013

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I read this on the recommendation of a friend who shares my passion for history, but has far more time for reading than I do. It was too slow paced for my taste, with poor descriptions of people, places and events. I got about half-way through the book before I finally realized it wasn't going to get any better and I gave up on it. I find it incredible that the author could take the story of a man with this unique background, education, rise to power, and demise and turn it into such a boring book.

Too long

Written by Anonymous on November 18th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I enjoyed the book because it was on disc. I never could have read all those details of battle formations without falling asleep. I finally stopped at Disc 6 (out of 9) which was were the author started discussing what happened after Alexander's death. The whole thing was a little lengthy but I think very well researched.

Too little Alexander

Written by Anonymous on June 8th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

"Manages to make one of the most exciting men of the world boring. The first half is a fairly interesting recounting of Alexander's campaign and the 20 years after his death. The next quarter is a recounting of the other authors who have written about Alexander. This part is boring and can be skipped/skimmed. The last part is an overview of the Greek city-states and general life in Greece. It's a bit better but still pretty dry.