Written by: Steven Pressfield
Narrated by: George Guidall
Originally Reviewed: 07-06-17 on audible.com
Rating: 1 – Enjoy this incredible story with historical connotations
I am a big fan of Pressfield’s, Gates of Fire, and have followed him on social media because of it. His other books are fantastic in their own regard, but there is a once-in-a-lifetime special book that any author can write; Stephen Pressfield now has his second.
There are themes from other great works, Gates of Fire being one but others just as prevalent. A bit of King’s Dark Tower series; Cormack McCarthy’s, The Road; The Film, The Book of Eli, by the Hughes Brothers; The New Testament; and a sprinkling of Joss Whedon’s Firefly/Serenity. However, the overriding motif comes from: King, Warrior, Magician, Lover, by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette. These themes are merely that as this book stands on its own feet.
I really don’t want to oversell this book. It is as good as Gates of Fire; perhaps even better. Only time as well as additional listening and reading of these two works will one cement itself as #3 on my all time must read list. The other however will be #4.
I usually listen at or about 3x speed, but I slowed it down to 2.25x for this narration. I’ve listened to several by Guidall in the past and enjoy his voice, but something about it isn’t as crisp as other narrators.
Other works for consideration:
1. King, Warrior, Magician, Lover, by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette
2. Gates of Fire, by Steven Pressfield
3. The River of Doubt, by Candice Millard
4. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, by Jack Weatherford