David Timson’s performance makes the Greek historian Herodotus a character, not just the narrator of his histories. He sounds like an amiable, garrulous uncle—worldly, cheerful, by turns credulous and skeptical. That character fits the audiobook and helps keep it entertaining. But Timson also shows respect for Herodotus as a historian—rather than just a tall-tale spinner—by not overacting. His reading is spirited, expressive, and well paced. He’s unfailingly skillful in getting the intonation and emphasis just right for the sense of the text. Listeners unfamiliar with the book or with ancient history may find a periodic abundance of names and places off-putting, which even Timson’s skill and talent can’t help, but his delivery of the anecdotes and history is thoroughly engaging and enjoyable. W.M. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2017]
Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2016
CD ISBN 9781843799481 $128.98 Twenty two CDs
DD ISBN 9781843799498 $84.00
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