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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,104 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Valerio Massimo Manfredi Narrator: Derek Jacobi Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This is the saga of a Spartan family, torn apart by a cruel law that forces them to abandon one of their two sons, born lame, to the elements. The elder son, Brithos, is raised in the caste of the warriors, while the other, Talos, is spared a cruel death and is raised by a Helot shepherd, among the peasants.

They live out their story in a world dominated by the clash between the Persian empire and the city-states of Greece, a ferocious, relentless conflict, until the voice of their blood and of human solidarity unites them in a thrilling, singular enterprise.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sam Simpson | 1/21/2014

    " Manfredi's books are good because of their historical accuracy, unfortunately this can mean they read rather dryly, with almost uniformly one dimensional characters. Someone interested in ancient history may find it stimulating, but as a novel it is unremarkable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Meirav Rath | 1/20/2014

    " Manfredi paints a very detailed and interesting picture of life in Sparta at the era, its traditions, costumes and behaviors. It's clear there was a very extensive research about the Spartans. Perhaps, however, he should have stuck to making this an educational book rather then fiction because the plot's so shoddy and unbelievable it's unlikely to be taken seriously by anyone. Manfredi's not an author, a historian for sure, but not an author of fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bisi Adjapon | 1/8/2014

    " Another wonderful piece by Manfredi, though not quite as riveting as the Alexander trilogy. Valerio captures the conflict among the various Greek cities well and makes it very personal. Talos, the Cripple is a most engaging character. From the beginning when we see him cradled by his anguished father who has to abandon him on the montain according to Spartan law, we fall in love with him as well as the shepherd who finds him. He grows up without knowing his twin, the fine Spartan warrior. What disappoints is that this part is resolved about half-way through, in a rather unsatisfactory manner. But Valerio finds fresh conflict in the Spartans' insatiable desire to enslave the Helots. Talos, raised by Helots but born a Spartan, must choose which side to fight for. With a romantic twist, this makes for a wonderful read. Of course, there is the Athenian penchant for long speeches. At times, that got tedious and I found myself skipping. Still a good one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hannah | 1/5/2014

    " New author obsession!!! Such a great book! Really got into the emotions and dramas of a Spartan :) "

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