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Marco Polo | [Laurence Bergreen]

Marco Polo

As the most celebrated European to explore Asia, Marco Polo was the original global traveler and the earliest bridge between East and West. A universal icon of adventure and discovery, he has inspired six centuries of popular fascination and spurious mythology. Now, from acclaimed author Laurence Bergreen, comes the first fully authoritative biography of one of the most enchanting figures in world history.
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As the most celebrated European to explore Asia, Marco Polo was the original global traveler and the earliest bridge between East and West. A universal icon of adventure and discovery, he has inspired six centuries of popular fascination and spurious mythology. Now, from acclaimed author Laurence Bergreen, comes the first fully authoritative biography of one of the most enchanting figures in world history. In this masterly work, Marco Polo's incredible odyssey, along the Silk Road and through all the fantastic circumstances of his life, is chronicled in sumptuous and illuminating detail.

Drawing on original sources in more than half a dozen languages, and his own travels along Polo's route in China and Mongolia, Bergreen explores the lingering controversies surrounding Polo's legend, settling age-old questions and testing others for significance. Synthesizing history, biography, and travelogue, this is a timely chronicle of a man who extended the boundaries of human knowledge and imagination. Destined to be the definitive account of its subject for decades to come, Marco Polo takes us on a journey to the limits of history: and beyond.

©2007 Laurence Bergreen; (P)2007 Books on Tape

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    PETER LAWRENCEVILLE, GA, United States 01-02-13
    PETER LAWRENCEVILLE, GA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Educational and Entertaining but a bit repetitive"

    I enjoy any history book and probably ignore more than the average reader in story or performance shortcomings. This book contained a wealth of history and unique perspective, although I found it somewhat repetitive. The performance and production was good and easy to follow and listen to, but I don't think many non-history buffs would have stuck with it.

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    Glenn Raleigh, NC, USA 09-30-12
    Glenn Raleigh, NC, USA 09-30-12 Member Since 2001
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Outstanding story for history buffs.


    What other book might you compare Marco Polo to and why?

    Similar to Columbus books. This book held my interest and I'm not usually a fan of World History.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry oklahoma city, OK, United States 01-06-13
    Jerry oklahoma city, OK, United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2001
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    What did you like best about Marco Polo? What did you like least?

    The story comes across as factually complete and accurate. It is also like reading a history book everything was 3rd person. I was expecting a story to live with as it was told not a history lecture.


    Would you recommend Marco Polo to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, too difficult to stay focused.


    What didn’t you like about Paul Boehmer’s performance?

    Overall good job delivering the book.


    Do you think Marco Polo needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, one that is told as a first person account.


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