"The father of history," as Cicero called him, and a writer possessed of remarkable narrative gifts, enormous scope, and considerable charm, Herodotus has always been beloved by readers well-versed in the classics. Compelled by his desire to "prevent the traces of human events from being erased by time," Herotodus recounts the incidents preceding and following the Persian Wars. He gives us much more than military history, though, providing the fullest portrait of the classical world of the 5th and 6th centuries.
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"David Timson's performance makes the Greek historian Herodotus a character, not just the narrator of his histories. He sounds like an amiable, garrulous uncle--worldly, cheerful, by turns credulous and skeptical. That character fits the audiobook and helps keep it entertaining. But Timson also shows respect for Herodotus as a historian--rather than just a tall-tale spinner--by not overacting. His reading is spirited, expressive, and well paced. He's unfailingly skillful in getting the intonation and emphasis just right for the sense of the text. Listeners unfamiliar with the book or with ancient history may find a periodic abundance of names and places off-putting, which even Timson's skill and talent can't help, but his delivery of the anecdotes and history is thoroughly engaging and enjoyable. W.M. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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