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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,386 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Annabel Lyon Narrator: Nick Cordero Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Annabel Lyon crafts prose that has been nominated for a slew of awards and earned her a reputation as a deft literary stylist. In Lyon’s novel The Golden Mean, a Scotia Giller Prize finalist, Aristotle narrates his time spent mentoring King Philip’s son, the boy who would become known for all of history as Alexander the Great. Fearful of the boy’s appetite for conquest, the great philosopher tries to impart in him the wisdom of choosing a middle path between extremes. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • A 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalist
  • A 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award Finalist for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jaimie | 2/7/2014

    " Didn't finish this book. I wasn't enjoying it, then a good friend said she'd finished it and it didn't get any better! Really disappointed as I bought it based on good reviews on CBC and in a newspaper (the Vancouver Sun, I think). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tamari | 2/5/2014

    " I'm not totally convinced that the characterisation of Aristotle, who acts as the narrator, is accurate. The author does offer an interesting depiction of a genius whose mind is so active he has bipolar tendencies. I initially had some problems with the flow of the writing, the text seemed to jump from one topic to another and I'd often have to reread parts to get things in order. The book does improve as it goes on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Blackley | 2/4/2014

    " I would really only give this book 3.5 stars. It was pretty good. The writing style was a bit clunky for my taste. With the exception of Aristotle, the characters were not very fleshed out- caricatures only. I adored the first half but realized that I was waiting for more depth and emotion that never came. I was rather disappointed overall. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Randy | 1/11/2014

    " After NPR gave it a raving review, I anticipated a historical novel on the same level as Irving Stone's The Agony and Ecstasy, a powerful and eloquent read about Michaelangelo; but The Golden Mean, a well researched story based on Aristotle, falls short - a tedious and confusing plot with hard to follow dialogue, and characterizations, while historical correct, weak and forgettable. A major disappointment, but credit to Annabel Lyon for her determined research to understand the dimensions and impact on Western knowledge from the great Greek philosopher. "

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About the Author
Author Annabel Lyon

Annabel Lyon’s story collection, Oxygen, and book of novellas, The Best Thing for You, were published in Canada to wide acclaim. The Golden Mean, her first novel, is a Canadian bestseller. It won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. Lyon lives in British Columbia with her husband and two children.