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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: June 2007 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Hannah | 1/5/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 12/6/2013

    " I wasn't too impressed with this book. It was the first book in the historical fiction genre that I read and I didn't like the dialog and how the book flowed. The author seemed to push the character into events of history instead of the character naturally seeming to be in them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tigger | 11/13/2013

    " I was disappointed, actually. The book had it's moments but I felt like it didn't really flow at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zillah | 10/23/2013

    " I liked this one.. Well, that's what l expected from Manfredi. Though l have to admit it gets a little slow in the middle, but picks up after so don't give up! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tomas | 10/15/2013

    " not quite as polished as Steven Pressfield, but there is a lot of story in this book. It seemed to start out a bit too simplistic but gradually got better and better. A great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chaitanya krishnan | 6/16/2013

    " Brilliant storytelling, kept me at the edge of my seat through most of it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanvir Muntasim | 4/26/2013

    " If you liked 300, you will love this one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jak | 4/15/2013

    " A reasonably diverting and enjoyable stylisation of what life would be like to have been raised as a Spartan warrior. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan Belford | 1/26/2013

    " Eh, I'm not going to lie. If I didn't have to read it for school, I never would have picked it up. It's not the type of book I generally read. That being said, it was fairly entertaining. There was some awkwardness due to the translation that was somewhat distracting but not overwhelmingly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pemphredo | 8/8/2012

    " Read this several years ago and was the first of Manfredi's novels. I've read most of his catalogue now but this and the Alexander trilogy will always remain my favourite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emanuele Barroero | 6/12/2012

    " This is a fantastic book, that aspirates you to read always more and more as you gradually go on into the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/17/2012

    " An excellent blending of history and fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clare Lancaster | 1/12/2012

    " Easy read, would recommend to anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 3/27/2011

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sam | 1/2/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 HNC | 9/16/2010

    " Student Review "A gripping tale of two brothers."

    Find in the Fiction section under Dewey FICMAN - ask a member of the Library team if you are unable to find it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 7/9/2010

    " I wasn't too impressed with this book. It was the first book in the historical fiction genre that I read and I didn't like the dialog and how the book flowed. The author seemed to push the character into events of history instead of the character naturally seeming to be in them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nadine | 7/1/2010

    " This book was given to me as a present and I attempted to read it about five times. I finally finished it and... I just don't know. It was good but it didn't hit the mark every time. It did end up being a decent read though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 5/6/2010

    " It's been a while since I read a book of this genre, so it was nice to have a change of pace; but this book itself is nothing extraordinary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tomas | 4/16/2009

    " not quite as polished as Steven Pressfield, but there is a lot of story in this book. It seemed to start out a bit too simplistic but gradually got better and better. A great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tigger | 1/22/2009

    " I was disappointed, actually. The book had it's moments but I felt like it didn't really flow at all.
    "

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