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In Xanadu Audiobook

In Xanadu

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Publisher's Summary

Here is William Dalrymple's highly praised and greatly entertaining account of his 1986 trip made while a student at Cambridge, which retraced Marco Polo's route across land from Jerusalem to Xanadu. With him, he took a phial of Holy Oil, 600 pounds and Laura until Lahore, and Louisa from there to Xanadu.

©1995 CSA Word; (P)1995 CSA Word

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    Sandra 05-04-15
    Sandra 05-04-15 Member Since 2014

    A photo one day soon. But thank you everyone at audible, you make my days and I have so much work to catch up on.Regards S.

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    "I found it was read v fast and I could not adjust"

    Wonderful story that would be nice in full. Read too fast in places. Memorable moment - riding on top of coal trucks. Just too awful to imagine and the lovely homage in the end. The reader had nice voice.

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    Sandeep Mehta 04-23-15
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    "A young, immature, British lad's travelogue"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story. A less condescending attitude towards locals from this clearly arrogant British traveler. Fewer contrived moments & situations, clearly designed to give this rather boring journey some excitement.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably something from Ha-Joon Chang.


    What aspect of Michael Maloney’s performance would you have changed?

    The narrator & main character of the story is rather dorkey, eager, and annoying. The actor conveyed that perfectly, as there were many moments I thought him guilty of the faults of this book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from In Xanadu?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a travelogue written by a white British traveler clearly unable to to blend or integrate into the Middle-Eastern and Asian cultures he crosses. The result is a very distant and superficial look at locals. If you are looking to learn how locals would behave, or what they would say, towards a white British traveler...this would be the book for you. Just don't expect any deep or meaningful insights into these societies.

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    12/3/16
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    "Awesome writing, exquisite narration"

    I love the turn of phrase the author uses and the whole premise for the quest is riveting. I actually really liked the quick step employed to move the journey on, it felt like a nice balance of interactions to get the flavour of the location along with an entertaining dose of introspection and revealed charisma from the protagonist.
    Looking forward to reading of listening to more from the author, and I can see myself searching out this narrators other work too because it came across as ingenious at times and added an unexpected dimension.

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  • Crispin
    Tufnell Park, United Kingdom
    11/12/14
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    "Brideshead Revisited goes backpacking"

    A very interesting journey that couldn't happen in anything like the same way today. William is a bit of a toff but does pull off an enjoyable romp.

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