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  • China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rob Gifford
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (157)

    National Public Radio's Beijing correspondent Rob Gifford recounts his travels along Route 312, the Chinese Mother Road, the longest route in the world's most populous nation. Based on his successful NPR radio series, China Road draws on Gifford's 20 years of observing first-hand this rapidly transforming country, as he travels east to west, from Shanghai to China's border with Kazakhstan. As he takes listeners on this journey, he also takes them through China's past and present while he tries to make sense of this complex nation's potential future.

    Roberta says: "An Outstanding Book on China"
    "Amazing book"
    Overall

    I have been living in China for a few months. Rob Gifford's book is amazing. It has the feelings and emotions of the current reality of China, and has wonderful connections between the daily life of people and its historical and cultural roots. The narrator is also the best narrator I ever heard on Audible. It makes the audiobook better than reading the book. He gives the mystery feeling which is the atmosphere the author I believe wants to convey. I quote this book often in my blog on China and if you have only one book you want to read about today's China, this is definitely the one!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Travels of Marco Polo

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Marco Polo
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Marco Polo (1254-1324), is probably the most famous Westerner who traveled on the "Silk Road." His journey through Asia lasted 24 years. He traveled the whole of China and returned to tell the tale, which became one of the world's greatest travelogues.

    Doug says: "An educational experience."
    "Needs a map - badly!"
    Overall

    I have seen some audiobooks have a pdf associated to them that can be downloaded. This book badly needs to have such pdf. We badly need a map to follow along, otherwise it is very frustating not to be able to relate to which country Marco Polo is talking about. I have to say that even though some of the stories are interesting, it is one of those books which I had trouble to stay connected to (my mind kept wandering) because there is a lot of repetition from one chapter to the next... length of travel, religion of the people of the place, etc.

    4 of 17 people found this review helpful

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