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Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae

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George Guidall

14 Hours 57 Minutes

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February 2012

Audio Book Summary

Gates of Fire puts you at the side of valiant Spartan warriors in 480 BC for the bloody, climactic battle at Thermopylae. There, a few hundred of Sparta's finest sacrificed their lives to hold back the invading Persian millions. The time they bought enabled the Greeks to rally-saving, according to ancient historian Herodotus, 'Western democracy and freedom from perishing in the cradle.' How did the Spartans accomplish this superhuman feat? This is what the King of Persia hopes to learn from the sole Spartan survivor. The squire's story indeed reveals the incredible rigors of Spartan training-and more importantly, how the whole culture fostered the mindset of fearlessness. Steven Pressfield has skillfully combined scholarship and storytelling to bring the whole world of ancient Sparta brilliantly to life. George Guidall's dramatic delivery enhances the richness and feeling of this inspired recreation.

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  • David T.

    An amazing story about the courage, brotherhood and passion that made those men (and their wives) so tough and fearless.

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  • Lisa C.

    Excellent book. Thought the narrator did a great job too.

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  • Robert H.

    excellent. excellent. excellent. Steven pressfield is a marvel.

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  • John O.

    I can't stand the reading. He sounds like an out of breath Englishman. Everything he reads is overly dramatic and I feel annoyed listening to it. The content is excellent.

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  • Timothy S

    Obviously Zackary Cross is insane or high. This book and the narrator are top notch. I've read and listened to Gates of Fire at least a dozen times and I never get tired of the story. Epic is the best word to describe the book, and the narrator doesn't disappoint (as he doesn't in the Mitch Rapp novels either).

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  • zackery cross

    i would love to listen to this book but some how you are incompitant and i cannot listen to more than 3 minutes online. thank you for wasting my time.

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  • Bryan Elliott

    Love This Book! Great Take on a Historical Battle, and the Narration is Top Notch..! "Wake Up To This!!!"

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  • Armando Torres

    Excellent book and narration. The book goes in details of the era, the training of the time and makes you feel like you are there. The narrator does a great job with voice inflection.

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  • Daniel Hieronymus

    The book has some slow moments but overall was interesting and enjoyable. George Guidall is an excellent narrator.

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