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Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great by Jacob Abbott
By: (1803-1879)

Tutored by Aristotle, compelled to ascend the throne at the age of 20 when his illustrious father was assassinated, driven by a passion for expanding the borders of his tiny kingdom, Alexander of Macedon was one of the most towering figures of ancient history. He is brought to vivid life in this gripping volume by the American children's writer Jacob Abbott.

In his short but eventful life, the young Macedonian king went on to rule over one of the most powerful and largest empires in the ancient world, breaking the hegemony of the powerful Persian dynasty of Darius. Alexander's sudden death in Babylon is one of the enduring mysteries of history. With him ended the glorious empire he had created, which stretched from the Adriatic in Europe to the Indus River on the Indian subcontinent.

Jacob Abbott's book meant for young readers portrays Alexander as a military genius, endowed with remarkable intelligence, physical beauty and courage. Some of the early incidents in his life as when he tames a wild and vicious horse are described in compelling terms. Alexander's youth, his father's insistence on making him a regent for Macedonia when he was just 16 and his experiences on military campaigns with his father in Boeotia, where he displayed remarkable qualities of coolness, courage and wisdom are strikingly portrayed. Philip's separation from his wife, Olympia, Alexander's mother is also described and Abbott traces some of Alexander's less endearing qualities to this imperious queen. His haughtiness, pride and short temper which sometimes led him to be stubborn, envy and resentment of his father's powerful conquests are described as well, giving us an objective and well rounded picture of the young hero.

Alexander's glorious reign and his remarkable military campaigns, the historic crossing of the Hellespont, his defeat of Darius and the conquest of territories in Asia Minor, Tyre and Egypt are the stuff of legends. At twenty-six he was the greatest ruler the ancient world had ever seen, but he had already begun to descend into a life of debauchery. His army commanders began to rebel and then followed a bloody trail of murders and assassinations. Alexander's final days are also captured in the closing chapters of this riveting book.

Jacob Abbott brings all his skills as a historian and children's writer to this retelling of the life of one of the most unforgettable figures in history that appeals to both young and older readers.

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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 13 reviews)

Reviewer: - July 6, 2019
Subject: Narrator
Wonderful accent
Reviewer: - February 15, 2019
The most terrible reader i have ever heard
Reviewer: - May 6, 2018
Subject: Alexander TheGreat
Had to stop after 2 pages as her every ending of the sentence is very irritating and monotonous
Reviewer: - March 30, 2018
Subject: Narrator + Content
Lizzy Driver, in case you are reading this, I want you to know that your reading was just great! You have an extraordinary voice perfectly suitable for this kind of recording which makes the entire listening to the events far in history even more “alive”. I have been listening to your reading of the book for over 4 times in about 2 years and I enjoy it over and over again. Regarding the content: as a graduated historian, I would like to praise the author for an excellent thesis but that, I am afraid, will have to wait until I meet him in the afterlife...
Reviewer: - March 30, 2017
Subject: Narrator
Lizzy Driver is the best! If she just read the dictionary I could listen for hours.
Reviewer: - November 2, 2016
Subject: Narrator
I love biographies but I couldnt take more than 10 minutes of the narrator's inflection so I had to stop. What a shame.
Reviewer: - April 4, 2015
Thanks for your good book and performance.
Reviewer: - January 20, 2015
Subject: could be better
I appreciate the reader's effort but her inflection is a bit irritating. finished it though.
Reviewer: - March 5, 2014
Could be so good. But the upward inflection at the end of the sentences is irritating.
Reviewer: - March 1, 2014
Aagree with other reviewer. After 13 minutes i had to stop it as i was not able to focus.
Reviewer: - January 28, 2014
Subject: Sad
This does seem like a good book...but Jeff is right. The reader seems to be asking a question after every sentence. To was just to annoying to listen to so I didn't not finish this good book.
Reviewer: - November 6, 2013
Subject: Fun!
Easy to understand and an enjoyable read.
Reviewer: - October 2, 2013
Sorry - had to stop. Narrator sounded as if she was ended every sentence raising her voice as if asking a question...

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