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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,321 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Pressfield Narrator: James Langton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2006 ISBN: 9780739333259
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2,300 years ago an unbeaten army of the West invaded the homeland of a fierce Eastern tribal foe. This is one soldier’s story…

The bestselling novelist of ancient warfare returns with a riveting historical novel that recreates Alexander the Great’s invasion of the Afghan kingdoms in 330 BC.

In a story that might have been ripped from today’s combat dispatches, Steven Pressfield brings to life the confrontation between an invading Western army and fierce Eastern warriors determined at all costs to defend their homeland. Narrated by an infantryman in Alexander’s army, The Afghan Campaign explores the challenges, both military and moral, that Alexander and his soldiers face as they embark on a new type of war and are forced to adapt to the methods of a ruthless foe that employs terror and insurgent tactics. An edge-of-your-seat adventure, The Afghan Campaign once again demonstrates Pressfield’s profound understanding of the hopes and desperation of men in battle and of the historical realities that continue to influence our world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Pressfield has done it again. The Afghan Campaign is yet another gripping historical novel . . . Although set in ancient times, Pressfield’s narration of the Macedonians’ efforts reveals remarkable parallels to later efforts by the Romans, British, Soviets, and Americans . . . an intense, fun, and thought-provoking read. It belongs on your shelf. T. X. Hammes, Marine Corps Gazette
  • Pressfield's scholarly skills are part and parcel of his impressive talent for re-creating the visceral, scalp-carving, lance-in-back horror of ancient battle. USA Today
  • Fasinating . . . As Patrick O'Brien's prose seemed to encapsulate the feel of the Napoleonic-era warship, Pressfield's crisp and eloquent style reconstitutes the ancient battlefield.”

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 2/4/2014

    " Alexander's campaign in Afghanistan faces challenges with uncanny similarities to the Russian and American experiences in the 20th and 21st centuries... an easy read and fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Milton Soong | 1/30/2014

    " [Audio book] Rousing tale of counter insurgency in Afghanistan (not this current one, but the one Alexander waged). Description of a soldier's life on campaign was well constructed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/27/2014

    " Very interesting historical novel. Would make a great read for a high school boy who otherwise doesn't like reading. Despite the war setting and male author, the book has feminist undertones. What I learned from the book is that nothing has changed in Afghanistan in 2300 years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leo Nguyen | 1/7/2014

    " Slow start, but great story once it picks up, and great ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liosliath | 1/6/2014

    " Interesting depiction of the military career of a Macedonian soldier during Alexander's time. Kind of clunky in making overly obvious allusions to subsequent conflicts in Afghanistan, but still good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jun Park | 12/26/2013

    " A good read. Lots of blood, lots of violence; the perfect thing for a young girl growing up in this harsh world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 12/3/2013

    " Follows Alexander's path into Afghanistan and his unsatiable desire to quell the area before moving his army to India. Picks up where Virtues of War leaves off. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawn Miller | 10/27/2013

    " Better than Killing Rommel but not as good as Gates of Fire or Last of the Amazons. Not enough character development for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oscar Peña | 9/13/2013

    " Steven Pressfield is great at setting descriptions. A lot of action and historical content. Easy to read, I recommend the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry Earley | 7/29/2013

    " Seeing the army of Alexander the Great invade and try to occupy Afghanistan from a common soldier's point of view was very informative. Good historical novel. Entertaining and informative. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nick Lloyd | 7/6/2013

    " This is the second book of his I have read, and I've come to accept the fact that I just don't like Pressfield. The topics are interesting, which makes me want to like it, but the dialogue seems phony. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randy Miller | 6/26/2013

    " George Bush should have read this "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Nix | 12/23/2012

    " The best book about the personal toll of war and the clash of cultures I have read. Couldn't put it down. A great companion to "On Killing" and Sebastian Junger's "War" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 12/5/2012

    " The use of modern idiom dilutes the story's impact. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas Boyd | 8/3/2012

    " This is a must read. If ever there was a book that reflected the futility and brutality of the war in present day Afghanistan, this is it. Brilliantly told. As far as I'm concerned, it outclasses Gates of Fire. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan A | 6/26/2012

    " Brutal portrayal of Alexander's campaign through Afghanistan ending with his marriage to Rosario Dawson. There's some pretty slick parallels to the modern Afghan campaign. Maybe we all need to marry Puerto Rican Afghan princesses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fred Lefevre | 6/22/2012

    " Historical fiction of Alexanders invasion of Afghanistan told from the point of view of a foot soldier in his army. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Old-Barbarossa | 3/11/2012

    " Expected more after Gates Of Fire. Found the ending a bit rushed. Otherwise pretty good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jerry | 12/30/2011

    " I was expecting an historical novel and Iit is more novel than historical "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Myke | 5/9/2011

    " Hands down, the finest work of historical fiction I've ever read. And I've read a lot of historical fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jun | 3/29/2011

    " A good read. Lots of blood, lots of violence; the perfect thing for a young girl growing up in this harsh world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 3/18/2011

    " Terrific. Helps one understand the painful history of the region and how futile it seems to battle there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 3/1/2011

    " Alexander's campaign in Afghanistan faces challenges with uncanny similarities to the Russian and American experiences in the 20th and 21st centuries... an easy read and fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mieczyslaw | 1/16/2011

    " As I was reading this I kept being pulled forward into the present-day and the current conflict in Afghanistan. Someone once said that all wars are the same... maybe all wars in Afghanistan are identical? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liosliath | 1/11/2011

    " Interesting depiction of the military career of a Macedonian soldier during Alexander's time. Kind of clunky in making overly obvious allusions to subsequent conflicts in Afghanistan, but still good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra | 1/10/2011

    " New Steven Pressfield addict. Gates of Fire was better, but the author never dissapoints. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roop | 1/5/2011

    " A very good read. Great scenes of battle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 1/2/2011

    " The best book about the personal toll of war and the clash of cultures I have read. Couldn't put it down. A great companion to "On Killing" and Sebastian Junger's "War" "

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About the Author
Author Steven PressfieldPressfield's first job when he moved to New York City was as a $150-a-week copy writer for Benton & Bowles. One day while rewriting the just-add-water text for the back label off Gravy Train dog food he asked himself, 'Shouldn't I be doing something a little more worthwhile?' He decided to quit and write a novel. Eight novels, many bestsellers and 34 screenplays later, you've found this book. Find the rest of them at http://www.stevenpressfield.com/books/
About the Narrator

James Langton trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, he has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, including the international bestsellers The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud by Julia Navarro, The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield, and The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002. He was born in York, England, and is now based in New York City.