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The Lion, the first book in Conn Iggulden's epic new series The Golden Age.

After the Gods.

After the myths and legends came the world of Men.

In their front rank stood Pericles. The Lion of the Golden Age.

Experience the epic battlefields of Ancient Greece with master storyteller Conn Iggulden.

©2022 Conn Iggulden (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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I have been a big fan of conn Iggulden for years and have read3 of the best, for me, series of books about Caesar, the Khan’s and the Wars of the Roses. They were terrific. I was also into the Athenian series and hope he will return to finish the set.
The first in this series about Pericles, set in 5th century BC, the Greek golden age promised much and with the excellent Tim McInery narrating the audio I thought I would get the audiobook. The story covers the years when Pericles was known for being the son of a very famous father and starting to make a name for himself. There are sea and land battles all executed in Conn’s fine style, against the Persians, lots about his interest in theatre all character forming stuff. I just did not feel engaged with the character and it did not leave me thinking I wish the next book was out soon.
I have been wondering whether certain authors are best consumed from the printed page rather than the audio version as it allows you to picture In your own mind how the characters spoke.
The book was read well but I was not convinced with voices given to some of the characters.
I will of course get the next book as it encompasses such an exciting period of history whose effects are still being felt to this day.

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Sharp as a spear

Conn Iggulden doesn’t just write about the heroes and characters of the past, he writes real people. From the epic battles of land and sea, to the loves and petty jealousies of insecure young men, what is instantly recognisable is human nature. If you want swords and sandals, they are here in this book, but there is so much more. Some of the greatest names in history come to life and spring from the page, bringing to life a time of turmoil from which our understanding of civilisation arose.

Easy to read, hard to put down.