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
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.
the narration was clear but the book is best listened to at 1.25 speed. I made many bookmarks for facts that are I don't want to forget. Marco Polo is a fantastic character and his journey will forever stay in my memory.
Additionally, if you have watched the Netflix series you will find interesting omissions and additions to the historical story.
As someone said before, its a bit hard to follow.
Its more of a historical lesson where the author analyzes Marco Polo's story against historical facts than anything else, as well as pushing home how important Marco Polo's stories of his travels were. Because of this the author at times jumps back and forth, making it a bit more challenging to follow.
Also, as someone else said, I hope someone writes this "story" properly from a first point of view. It would make an outstanding book.
Otherwise, it is a great history lesson, and being a history lover, I really enjoyed it.
This recording very much met my expectations. Marco Polo lived an amazing life, and Bergreen has arranged it in an amazing way here, revealing his masterful understanding of Polo's life and writings. The narrator was a good match for the subject. I was never bored, with such a wide range of subjects involved.
Engineer in St Louis, Missouri, United States
Narrator is good, no complaints.
The story is very good and will surprise you on the nature of Polo's time in Asia. He was with his father and uncle the entire time, but it's only because Marco was bored and in a Genovese jail as a prisoner-of-war that we know this story. He father and uncle wrote no story, we just know Marco's story.
Marco went to Asia as a teenager and came back to Venice as a man, nearly 40 years old. Amazing story to follow.
This was a work I had always known of but never found the time for. My interest was finally spurred by the Netflix miniseries, which I might add ends up quite authentic in some of it's basic facts (not in most of the drama).
This version can be repetitive and drawn out, but likely that is the nature of this story - told and retold many times before the story we know today.
I long to return to Venice to seek out Polo's home and haunts.
I'm a retired mental health professional now I make jewelry while listening to audio books. I live in the NW corner of the contenent.
I knew very little about Marco Polo except that he was from Venice, Italy and he brought the noodle to Italy. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone interested in History.
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.
No, too difficult to stay focused.
Overall good job delivering the book.
Yes, one that is told as a first person account.
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