Herodotus' Histories Vol 1


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(4.6 stars; 152 reviews)

The Histories of Herodotus of Halicarnassus is considered the first work of history in Western literature. Written about 440 BC, the Histories tell the story of the war between the Persian Empire and the Greek city-states in the 5th century BC. Herodotus traveled extensively around the ancient world, conducting interviews and collecting stories for his book. The rise of the Persian Empire is chronicled, and the causes for the conflict with Greece. Herodotus treats the conflict as an ideological one, frequently contrasting the absolute power of the Persian king with the democratic government of the Greeks. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia.) (10 hr 13 min)

Chapters

Book 1, part 1 15:45 Read by Graham Redman
Book 1, part 2 25:55 Read by Graham Redman
Book 1, part 3 28:51 Read by Graham Redman
Book 1, part 4 24:36 Read by Graham Redman
Book 1, part 5 25:06 Read by Graham Redman
Book 1, part 6 22:19 Read by Julie VW
Book 1, part 7 29:02 Read by Eric
Book 1, part 8 23:52 Read by Graham Redman
Book 1, part 9 25:46 Read by Graham Redman
Book 1, part 10 39:52 Read by Graham Redman
Book 2, part 1 20:38 Read by ontheroad
Book 2, part 2 20:05 Read by ontheroad
Book 2, part 3 30:04 Read by Jc Guan
Book 2, part 4 24:50 Read by Jc Guan
Book 2, part 5 24:14 Read by hefyd
Book 2, part 6 25:02 Read by hefyd
Book 2, part 7 21:59 Read by hefyd
Book 2, part 8 31:20 Read by hefyd
Book 3, part 1 20:24 Read by Jennie Hughes
Book 3, part 2 21:02 Read by Jennie Hughes
Book 3, part 3 21:01 Read by David Leeson
Book 3, part 4 22:43 Read by David Leeson
Book 3, part 5 18:49 Read by Sibella Denton
Book 3, part 6 20:18 Read by Anne Cheng
Book 3, part 7 17:20 Read by Sibella Denton
Book 3, part 8 12:54 Read by Sibella Denton

Reviews

retelling of a classic


(5 stars)

Loved getting this history lesson on my phone! Readers are excellent with only a few exceptions. Pronunciations of names and places are good.

very nicely read


(5 stars)

i think it is a good tranlation. thanks to the readers.

I greatly appreciate all the hard work of the readers! thank you


(5 stars)

Most of the readers did quite well with all the difficult names.


(4 stars)

This first volume concerns itself very little with ancient Greece. Instead, Herodotus writes mostly about the ancient Egyptian and Persian empires. It's hard to separate fact from fiction since Herodotus describes so many odd traditions and events some of which are difficult to believe. Something I found hard to believe is Herodotus' claim that the ancient Greek gods were actually borrowed from the Egyptians.

Good reading but more consistency would be nice.


(4 stars)

Great book with good reading but it would be nice if readers kept consistent pronunciation of names. it can be a little annoying to hear some person or place name given a verity pronunciations by different readers from one chapter to the next.

awesome.a must read


(5 stars)

listening while i did other things was awesome


(4 stars)

Graham Redmond's reading of books 1-5 is excellent.

everything from geography to horse lords


(5 stars)