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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,143 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Pressfield Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged 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…

The squire’s story indeed reveals the incredible rigors of Spartan training—and more importantly, how the whole culture fostered the mindset of fearlessness. Steven Pressfield has skillfully combined scholarship and storytelling to bring the whole world of ancient Sparta brilliantly to life. George Guidall’s dramatic delivery enhances the richness and feeling of this inspired re-creation.

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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

  • “An incredibly gripping, moving, and literate work of art. Rarely does an author manage to recreate a moment in history with such mastery, authority, and psychological insight.”

    Nelson DeMille

  • “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

  • “Gripping and swashbuckling...an exciting, romantic, star-crossed story.”

    New York Times

  • “An epic novel...the real thing.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A novel that is intricate and arresting and, once begun, almost impossible to put down.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Monumental...[a story] told with extraordinary authority and insight.”

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram

  • “Pressfield’s imaginative and gory rendering of the combat is compelling, and his prose is clear and accessible.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “With a sound grasp of strategy and an ex-infantryman’s understanding of comradeship and its grim wit, Steven Pressfield adds color and a credible cast of soldiers and their wives to the historians’ accounts. I couldn’t put it down.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “Pressfield’s powerful, historically accurate novel explores Spartan society and the nature of courage without ever losing its narrative momentum.”

    New Yorker

  • “Pressfield’s descriptions of war are breathtaking in their immediacy.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Rich with historical detail, hot action, and crafty storytelling, Pressfield’s riveting story reveals the social and political framework of Spartan life—ending with the hysteria and brutality of the spear-thrusting, shield-bashing clamor that defined a Spartan’s relationship with his family, community, country, and fellow warriors.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Guidall’s voice has an antiquated quality, a timeless weightiness that gives gravity to his readings. All of this makes the historic novel one of his strongest formats, a point amply made in this performance.”


  • “Fast-paced blending of ethnology, romance, human insight, and military science...Highly recommended.”


  • “Pressfield weaves a fascinating tale of valor, fear, comradeship, and a courage that takes a handful of warriors beyond human frailty into immortality. An unforgettable novel.”

    Library Journal

  • “A triumph in historical fiction.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristina | 2/18/2014

    " I just remember this being good, even if there aren't any naked hotties. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ray Schneider | 2/8/2014

    " This and The Journeyer are two of the best books I've ever read. Not just military history, there's also a love story and heroism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kelly Gravel | 1/31/2014

    " on page 388!!!----Really awesome.some confusion, but when read over.made sense.-very quotable.many good lines.-you really geta different perspective of the spartans then what they are made out to be from the athenian point of view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wullie Mcmartin | 1/31/2014

    " It was a good book although it took me a while to get into the narration style. "

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