Fire From Heaven

  • by Mary Renault
  • Narrated by Roger May
  • 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Alexander's beauty, strength and defiance were apparent from birth, but his boyhood honed those gifts into the makings of a king. His mother, Olympias, and his father, King Philip of Macedon, fought each other for their son's loyalty, teaching Alexander politics and vengeance from the cradle.
His love for the youth Hephaistion taught him trust, while Aristotle's tutoring provoked his mind and Homer's Iliad fuelled his aspirations. Killing his first man in battle at the age of twelve, he became regent at sixteen and commander of Macedon's cavalry at eighteen, so that by the time his father was murdered, Alexander's skills had grown to match his fiery ambition.

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What the Critics Say

"Renault's skill is in immersing us in their world, drawing us into its strangeness, its violence and beauty.... a literary conjuring trick.... so convincing and passionately conjured" (The Times)
"The Alexander Trilogy contains some of Renault's finest writing. Lyrical, wise, compelling: the novels are a wonderful imaginative feat" (Sarah Waters)

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Tales well-told.

It would be difficult to find a better combination of historical knowledge and literary ability. Mary Renault's storytelling is superb, and her insights are memorable. The one fault with this recording is that the reader, whose 'normal' voice is very pleasing, does not catch the voice of children. And, too often, the editing of this recording leaves no space between events that are disparate, both in time and in place, resulting in a confusion as to what is being referred to. However, the creation of Alexander's childhood is a masterpiece, and allows us to see the genesis of such a charismatic figure.
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- Kenneth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-12-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios