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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,174 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Pressfield Narrator: Derek Jacobi Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At Thermopylae, a rocky mountain pass in northern Greece, the feared and admired Spartan soldiers stood three hundred strong. Theirs was a suicide mission, to hold the pass against the invading millions of the mighty Persian army.

Day after bloody day they withstood the terrible onslaught, buying time for the Greeks to rally their forces. Born into a cult of spiritual courage, physical endurance, and unmatched battle skill, the Spartans would be remembered for the greatest military stand in history--one that would not end until the rocks were awash with blood, leaving only one gravely injured Spartan squire to tell the tale....

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Quotes & Awards

  • Steven Pressfield brings the battle of Thermopylae to brilliant life, and he does for that war what Charles Frazier did for the Civil War in Cold Mountain. Pat Conroy
  • Gripping and swashbuckling...an exciting, romantic, star-crossed story. The New York Times
  • An incredibly gripping, moving, and literate work of art. Rarely does an author manage to re-create a moment in history with such mastery, authority, and psychological insight. Nelson DeMille
  • A novel that is intricate and arresting and, once begun, almost impossible to put down. Daily News
  • A timeless epic of man and war...Pressfield has created a new classic deserving of a place beside the very best of the old. Stephen Coonts

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gordon Taggart | 2/15/2014

    " To echo what is elsewhere. An epic emotional superbly written and gripping novel. This is definitely in my top three books of all time and is regularly reread. I couldn't recommend this enough "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by nassir | 2/10/2014

    " this book is about the famous 300 !!! it is very good and whole lot more detailed than the movie or graphic novel, spends a lot of time on the training that spartans go through, and was very informative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Artemas | 2/9/2014

    " Simply amazing. Anyone interested in ancient history or military simply must read "Gates of Fire." Steven Pressfield has an amazing gift for bringing his stories to the current day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Yvonne Carter | 2/9/2014

    " Covers the history and traditions of Sparta and the training of their soldiers. Told through the eyes of a servant to one of the leaders and the Battle of Thermopylae "

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