• Alexander the Great

  • Journey to the End of the Earth
  • By: Norman F. Cantor
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (389 ratings)

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Alexander the Great

By: Norman F. Cantor
Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
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Publisher's Summary

In this succinct portrait of Alexander the Great, distinguished scholar and historian Norman Cantor draws on the major writings of Alexander's contemporaries, as well as the most recent psychological and cultural studies, to illuminate this most legendary of men - a great figure in the ancient world, whose puzzling personality greatly fueled his military accomplishments.

Cantor describes Alexander's ambiguous relationship with his father, Philip II of Macedon; his oedipal involvement with his mother, the Albanian princess Olympias; and his bisexuality. He traces Alexander's attempts to bridge the East and West, using Achilles, hero of the Trojan War, as his model.

Finally, Cantor explores Alexander's view of himself in relation to the pagan gods of Greece and Egypt. More than a biography, Cantor's Alexander the Great is a psychological rendering of a man of his time.

©2005 The Estate of Norman F. Cantor (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Military exploits...are excitingly revivified, and honesty is the hallmark of Cantor's appreciation of Alexander's relationship with his longtime male lover, Hephaestion. A book that does the biographical art proud." ( Booklist)

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FIVE STAR BOOK!!!!

I would recommend this book to everyone. The narration was perfect. Bronson Pinchot is one of my favorite. So far, I have never regretted buying a book in which he is the narrator.

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Wonderful and Delightful

I needed this book for a project in school. I didn't really think I would enjoy it but oh boy was I wrong. By far one of the best books I've listened to this year.

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Great study on Alexander

very well written and extremely well. researched .loved the comparisions in history placing Alexander in the correct context

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Great Book. Informative!

Best narrator all time. Bronson Pinchot! Great material. I would recommend this book as a casual but informative read.

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Nice Book but…

It’s kind a tough to mess up an Alexander the Great story. The author covered all the important points however the production felt rushed and choppy. Sometimes, the voice production sounded as if recorded in a tunnel; the reader’s pitch rising annoyingly and the text being read with a much faster cadence. A re-read with better production would make this title better.

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Before morality, height of hedonism.

Enjoy both reader and content. Alexander was the height and greatest of the pagan empire.

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Good Audio Book - Horrible Sound Quality Spots

Well written "short version" with several interesting highlights. Several areas of the narrator dialogue are extremely bad sound quality. Not sure that can be blamed on Pinchot.

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Historically inaccurate.

The author is clearly not a subject matter expert. There are much better books on Alexander. I recommend skipping this one.

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Who Directed This?

Bronson Pinchot is one of the greatest audio book readers I’ve ever heard. However, for some reason, in this book every time he has to read a long quotation from another source, he lapses into a near whisper. It’s incredibly annoying. I can’t believe the director didn’t find this irritating or offputting. His voice becomes so quiet during these times that it’s almost like he’s speaking softly and directly into your ear, trying to lull you to sleep.

That all stops by the last hour or so, however, and the book itself is pretty good.

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A waste of time

This book is nothing but a junk drawer of anecdotes with the occasional interesting quotation from better scholars. It has no unification in theme and offers no insights, unless by "insight" is meant the author's interest in snickering at the sexual habits of the Macedonians.

And the narration is equally disappointing. For no apparent reason, the narrator drops into a confidential whisper while reading lengthy passages that Cantor is quoting.

The only good aspect of this book is that it was included as a part of my membership and didn't require me to waste a credit on it.

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  • Bede
  • 11-23-22

A Brief but complete history.

Ever wanted to know the full story of Alexander the Great?
Well here it is. Short, to the point but gripping enough to keep you interested.
Reader does a great job too.

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  • kyle
  • 04-27-22

Great first read

great if you're new to Alexander's history, would recommend further reading as advised by Cantor.

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  • Alexandros Theocharous
  • 04-01-22

Not for me

Good narration but I found it hard to finish with all the historical inaccuracies.

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  • mohammed khan
  • 01-17-22

Very good

Well researched, very informative. Easy to listen, consists mainly of verified events. Avoids hypothesising on them.

A must for history buffs.

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  • michael
  • 10-29-21

Alexander the man

learnt a lot, easy to listen to and well presented without too much 'opinion'. Good chapter headings meant I could follow the direction.

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  • Daniel
  • 06-14-22

A Comprehensive study of the Macedonian Conquerer

Read in under 6hrs this excellent easy to listen to Audio covers all key details of the life of Alexander chronologically from youth and his parents through to his death at 33 and the impact he had on the world through to the modern day.