Attila: The Barbarian King who Challenged Rome Audiobook, by John Man Play Audiobook Sample

Attila: The Barbarian King who Challenged Rome Audiobook

Attila: The Barbarian King who Challenged Rome Audiobook, by John Man Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: James Adams Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2006 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481515511

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103:31 minutes

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13:53 minutes

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47:46 minutes

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In the years AD 434–454, the fate of Europe hung upon the actions of one man: Attila, king of the Huns. The decaying Roman Empire still stood astride the Western World, but it was threatened by a new force, the much-feared barbarian hordes. Attila was the one-man wrecking ball that helped put the final boot into Rome’s decaying splendor.

Today, Attila remains the most enduring bogeyman in history, his name a byword for barbarism, savagery, and violence. Masterful storyteller John Man brings to life this marauding figure of the battlefield. His descriptions of the Huns’ grotesque techniques of impaling enemies and unruly family members will leave you with curled toes and crossed legs. Packed with many new insights, Attila is a riveting work of historical scholarship that reads like an adventure story.

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“Man’s book is a highly readable account of a bellicose steppe people and their leader who, long after they departed from the West, continue to haunt the European imagination.”

— Library Journal 


  • “One could not wish for a better storyteller or analyst than John Man…His Attila is superb, as compellingly readable as it is impressive in its scholarship.”

    — Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Stalin
  • “Full of military adventures and political maneuverings, Man’s lively narrative provides a glimpse of a leader whose name has become synonymous with ruthlessness.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “Engrossing.”

    — Booklist 
  • “Entertaining and lucid account of a phenomenal militarist unable to resist a crumbling empire’s vast, unprotected wealth.”

    — Kirkus Reviews

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About John Man

John Man is a historian and travel writer with a special interest in Mongolia. His writings include such works as Gobi: Tracking the Desert, The Gutenberg Revolution, and Genghis Khan: Life, Death, and Resurrection. He lives in London, England.

About James Adams

James Adams is one of the world’s leading authorities on terrorism and intelligence, and for more than twenty-five years he has specialized in national security. He is also the author of fourteen bestselling books on warfare, with a particular emphasis on covert warfare. A former managing editor of the London Sunday Times and CEO of United Press International, he trained as a journalist in England, where he graduated first in the country. Now living in Southern Oregon, he has narrated numerous audiobooks and earned an AudioFile Earphones Award and two coveted Audie Award for best narration.