Listen up, folks! John Bagnell Bury's "History of Greece" may have been penned before the madness that was World War I, but let me tell ya, it's still a top-notch overview of the classical Greek world. This bad boy was so good that even in the swinging 1960s, when peace and love were all the rage, college students were still cracking open its pages. And get this, in the newer editions, they even brought in a co-author to spruce up the early centuries with all the hip new archaeological finds. But fear not, my dear listeners, because the later chapters and Bury's original framework are still intact, virtually untouched.
Now, let me take a moment to give a shoutout to our narrator, the one and only LibriVox Volunteers. These fine folks have dedicated their time and talent to bring this epic tale to life through your earholes. We salute you!
Anyway, back to the book. Bury's writing style is like a crystal-clear stream, flowing effortlessly through your mind as it paints a vivid and captivating picture of ancient Greece. And don't you worry, it ain't all boring facts and dates. Nope, this bad boy covers it all – from the incredible artistic and literary developments to the political squabbles and bloody wars. And get this, it doesn't just focus on mainland Greece. Oh no, it stretches its gaze far and wide, covering western Asia Minor, the Agean archipelago, and even that fancy "Greater Greece" that includes Sicily and Southern Italy.
So, buckle up, my friends, because this audiobook is a journey you won't wanna miss. With a rating of 2.6 outta 5, and a whopping 20 hours and 54 minutes of storytelling goodness, get ready to immerse yourself in the fascinating world of ancient Greece. Karen Merline's got you covered on the narration, so sit back, relax, and let the magic begin!