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The Young Carthaginian

By: G.A. Henty
Narrated by: William Sutherland
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Summary

Boys reading the history of the Punic Wars have seldom a keen appreciation of the merits of the contest. That it was at first a struggle for empire, and afterwards for existence on the part of Carthage, that Hannibal was a great and skillful general, that he defeated the Romans at Trebia, Lake Trasimenus, and Cannae, and all but took Rome, represents pretty nearly the sum total of their knowledge.

G.A. Henty has here woven an exciting adventure tale that will keep the young listener on the edge of his seat. Without realizing it, the listener will be learning detailed information about the Punic Wars and the political climate in which they took place. This is the perfect way to awaken interest in history in young people and encourage them to learn more.

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  • cbrann
  • 09-03-09

Not so young

I bought this for my 11 year old son because he was interested in ancient Rome and especially Hannibal. However, I did not realize this book was written in 1887. The Victorian era prose was, shall we say, not to his liking. After reading the Publisher's Summary, I had for some reason thought the book was more current. Anyway, I would have liked to have been aware of this before buying it.

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  • parent of 2
  • 03-12-21

ConsistentG.A.Henty-ExhilaratingStory/Good History

Consistent with all the G.A.Henty I have ever read or listened to, it's an ExhilaratingStory amid the backdrop of Good History. Love these novels completely.

The reading was as good as the best AudioDramas of G.A. Henty produced by Heirloom Audio, which are very worth every dime, although I still like them better because they are more dramatized. Nonetheless, I could not have asked for a better reading of this audiobook and the narrator would fit in beautifully with the Heirloom Audio readers. Enjoy these novels - they are my favorite of all the authors I have ever read, except maybe equivalent to the enjoyment of reading C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia when I was a child, and even more than J.R.R. Tolkein.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-09-13

LOVE G.A. HENTY!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because it is a classic.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hannibal

What about William Sutherland’s performance did you like?

His voice is rich and deep.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It helped our family imagine being there rather than simply studying the story in history.

Any additional comments?

We love everything by Henty.

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  • Laura
  • 07-06-09

difficult to listen to

We found the narrator difficult to understand, and when following along in the book we noticed that he missed words altogether. After Dad recovered from his cold, he finished reading this one aloud for us. Loved the story, though. It was written in the 19th century, and therefore don't expect cultural sensitivity and scientific accuracy.

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  • Kraig
  • 23-08-22

Hannibal and his elephants!

I was intrigued by this title because I didn’t know anything about Hannibal. I only knew that he fought with elephants and took them over snowy mountains. And I had a vague idea that he was badly defeated in the end.

In the movie Phantom of the Opera they are performing an opera on Hannibal. But aside from that I had no connection with his story or the Punic Wars so I was interested to find out the true account.

I was back-and-forth with whether or not I actually enjoyed the story. There were parts of it that were really interesting and then there was other portions that were just really dull. Because Henty is such a war buff he tends to include a lot of conflict details that just aren’t that interesting. I like the personal story aspects when they zoom in focus on one man or a group of men. The parts when they were taken captive and had to come up with a way of escape were the most riveting portions.

And the last few chapters get really exciting with the main characters love interest. I always appreciate that there’s always a happy ending for the main character. The valiant hero that is portrayed as Hannibal seems a little too good to be true, but it is nice to think that he was a man of integrity in a very dark era.

The reader is great! I love his voice. he also reads Henty’s book For the Temple. I wish he did more of Henty’s books!

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  • Sehban
  • 31-07-22

One of the best Henty audiobooks!

although this is quite old I have to say this is one of the best Henty audiobooks William does a better job than John did at narrating Henty books! 10/10

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  • Michael L Muller
  • 20-04-18

Slow narration, decent storyline

Story was pretty good but the narration was slow and dry. I listened at a faster speed.