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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,150 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Herodotus Narrator: Bernard Mayes Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9781455175369
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Herodotus is not only the father of the art and the science of historical writing but also one of the Western tradition’s most compelling storytellers. His Histories is regarded as one of the seminal works of history in Western literature. He wrote these accounts of the fifth-century-BC wars between the Greeks and Persians with a continuous awareness of the mythic and the wonderful, while laying bare the intricate human entanglements at their core. This volume is one of the first accounts of the rise of the Persian Empire and serves as a record of the ancient traditions and politics of the time.

In the instinctive empiricism that took him searching over much of the known world for information, in the care he took with sources and historical evidence, in his freedom from intolerance and prejudice, Herodotus virtually defined the rational, humane spirit that is the enduring legacy of Greek civilization.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Herodotus gives more sheer pleasure than almost any other writer.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Herodotus emerges in all his charm and complexity as a writer and the first historian in the Western tradition, perhaps unique in the way he has seen the interrelation of fact and fantasy...Herodotus crowds his fresco-like pages with all shades of humanity. Whether Herodotus’ view is ‘tragic,’ mythical, or merely common sense, it provided him with a moral salt with which the diversity of mankind could be savored.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Renowned in his own time for his humanity and wide-ranging curiosity, Herodotus shows an insatiable appetite for both useful information and a good yarn, and The History is a starting point for any student of the past.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lucy Bobby | 2/17/2014

    " First of all, I have to say that this just isn't my thing. Not only did I dislike the subject matter, but Herodotus was all over the place. It was very difficult to follow the story line. I am reading this in order to help my kids with their school work. Otherwise, I wouldn't have finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad Gibbons | 2/15/2014

    " For any history buff, this book is quite simply unable to be commented on. It simply must be read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Priscilla Vogelbacher | 2/14/2014

    " I have only read Book I as of now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard | 1/31/2014

    " Herodotus was an A+ storyteller, but to call this "history" is gratuitous. A lot of it is outright lie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 1/13/2014

    " Still one of the great histories, with so much detail about people and places as well as inspiring (or depressing) events of the Persian Wars and what lead up to them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ned | 1/11/2014

    " read this a couple times, both in the '80's and the '90's. Father of History, Father of Lies, like he says, not his fault. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Mayer | 12/23/2013

    " I read chapters 7 and 8 concerning the battle for Thermopylae for a class. I look forward to reading it in its entirety in future classes... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter J. | 12/19/2013

    " I loved this look into the world of 400BC. How beautiful Egypt used to be. Also, I anticipate that one day, all of the modern historians who wave off his accounts of the size and exploits of the army of Cyrus, will find out how accurate he actually is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 12/17/2013

    " Some great storytelling. The programe may stretch from Mongolia to the Congo and is remarkably reliable (considering). How much we've lost in cultural diversity. Be sure to keep Wikipedia close at hand, and count on 2 hours research for every hour reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karsten Uphill | 12/16/2013

    " Amazing detail of cultures long gone by the way of the wind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 12/15/2013

    " I only wish I had read it when I lived in Turkey. A great early historical narrative of the Greco-Persian wars. I love the Landmark series and really really appreciate the maps; they helped me keep all my city-states and satraps straight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daisy | 12/14/2013

    " I read most of this book for a Greek History class I took at BYU. It is full of stories which will blow you away. I learned among many things that one cannot say one's life is perfect or the best until it is over. And not even then. Herodotus, the father of history is a master Storyteller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gen | 12/2/2013

    " I finished it! It was my 1st Quarter history text. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ainsley | 11/28/2013

    " New translations of old books rule. Waterfield's recent translation is no exception. The Ring composition takes some getting used to, and on occassion I wished that Herodotus would just get on to Thermopyle. Entertaining and informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianna Caley | 6/22/2013

    " One of the most interesting books I have read. I know very little about the Persian empire or Egyptian rulers. This had a lot of exciting history of the time coupled with fun minutiae and a lot of information on culture and religion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Powell | 4/5/2013

    " A must read to understand early golobal and western history. The way in which it is written ( for a listening audience ) makes it far easier to read. I will add more when I have completed my reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Gibson | 12/3/2012

    " The "Father of History" knew how to tell a good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 10/4/2012

    " Best Fabricator of Historical stories!!! Amazing tales!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Trevino | 9/30/2012

    " One of my favorite reads ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phillip | 7/1/2012

    " Lovely and dainty...profound and challenging...the dalliance of the tongues of the Typhon threatening Apollonian hegemony. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 11/23/2011

    " I can't exactly put my finger on what it was about this, but I loved it. This was one of the best primary sources I've ever read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will love to read it again someday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 8/31/2011

    " Clearly I'm on an ancient history bent this month, nice vignettes, some of them purely fictitious, add to the interest level. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Faith Bradham | 7/19/2011

    " Um, is it treason to give Herodotus only 3 stars? Frankly, I found it insufferably dull and boring, with only a few items of interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry Wilson | 4/29/2011

    " Archeological finds nearly always bear out what Herodotus wrote not that all he wrote is true. He was the first true historian. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meg Christian | 3/26/2011

    " It's actually fairly interesting, though the writing is dry. What else can one expect from an ancient historian that one has to read for class? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ems | 2/28/2011

    " I have read this book over and over again for going on six years now, and I'm still finding interesting little snippets of information. Best of all it still makes me laugh!

    Herodotus certainly tells a good, if a times perhaps a little tall, tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob | 2/6/2011

    " History written from a very different cultural perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 1/23/2011

    " Amazing insight into the Persian War and just general life and beliefs in Ancient Greece. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamey | 1/18/2011

    " Herodotus is wonderful. David Greene, not so much. His translation is conventional, unimaginative, clunky, hard to follow, and snooty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 1/15/2011

    " Not as eloquent as the original Greek but what can you do? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 1/1/2011

    " Essential reading for anyone interested in Greek history. Herodotus is perhaps the world's first historian. "

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About the Author
Author Herodotus

Herodotus was born in 484 or 485 BC at Halicarnassus, a Greek colony on the coast of Asia Minor, now Turkey. When the colonies were freed from the Persian yoke, he left his native town and traveled extensively. He collected historical, geographical, ethnological, mythological, and archaeological material for his history, which was designed to record not only the wars but the causes of the wars between Greece and the barbarians. Cicero called him “the father of history.”

About the Narrator

Bernard Mayes is a teacher, administrator, corporate executive, broadcaster, actor, dramatist, and former international commentator on US culture. He is best known for his readings of historical classics.