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Gates of Fire Audiobook

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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: 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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review 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 Review 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 Review 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 Review 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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About the Author
Author Steven Pressfield

Steven Pressfield is the author of the hugely successful historical novels Gates of Fire, Tides of War, and Last of the Amazons. His debut novel, The Legend of Bagger Vance, was made into a major motion picture starring Matt Damon and Will Smith in 2000. He lives in California.

About the Narrator

Sir Derek Jacobi has had a long and distinguished career. He has toured in Becket and Uncle Vanya, and he received a Tony Award for his performance as Benedick in the RSC’s production of Much Ado about Nothing. His work in television includes the lead roles in Cadfael and I, Claudius, and his film credits include Henry V, Gosford Park, and Hamlet. His narrations have won him multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards.