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The Story of India | [Michael Wood]

The Story of India

Michael Wood weaves a spellbinding narrative out of the 10,000-year history of India. Home today to more than a fifth of the world's population, the subcontinent gave birth to the oldest and most influential civilization on Earth, to four world religions, and to the world's largest democracy. Now, as India bids to become a global giant, Michael sets out to trace the roots of India's present in the incredible riches of her past.
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Publisher's Summary

A companion to the major six-part BBC TV series, written by Michael Wood and read by Sam Dastor.

Michael Wood weaves a spellbinding narrative out of the 10,000-year history of India. Home today to more than a fifth of the world's population, the subcontinent gave birth to the oldest and most influential civilization on Earth, to four world religions, and to the world's largest democracy. Now, as India bids to become a global giant, Michael sets out to trace the roots of India's present in the incredible riches of her past.

©2007 Michael Wood; (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Susan Fairbanks, AK, United States 07-24-09
    Susan Fairbanks, AK, United States 07-24-09
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    "Fabulous, sweeping journey through India's history"

    This is one of my all time favorites. I started with the audiobook, then bought the paperback and the DVD set! Michael Wood's tremendous enthusiasm for the subject and the narrator's delightful British accent and perfect pronunciation of Indian names and places adds to the trip like a wonderful guide adds to a real journey. Considering that India will soon be the most populated country on Earth and will soon surpass the GDP of the US, it behooves all of us to know more about the subcontinent. This is so much more than a litany of facts; it is exuberant with the colors, tastes, smells, gardens and incredible longevity of this fascinating country's history. Pure joy from start to finish; now I must save money to go there myself and visit the places mentioned in the book. But if I never make it there, this is surely the next best thing!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-16-09 Member Since 2007
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    "It's a story not a history"

    Once you realize that this is a "story" and not a "history" of India it goes along quite well. It is the story told through a combination of references to India's ancient literature, archaeology, interviews and a bit of scholarly writing. It took me a while to get my head around the fact that I wasn't listening to what I would strictly call a history book, but it was a good introduction to a subject that I knew nothing about--and now know a bit more about.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    CB 07-27-09
    CB 07-27-09
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    "Superb!"

    I agree with the previous reviewer, this is a wonderful piece of work for someone interested in the history of India. The DVD is also exceptionally well done. It is colorful and very interesting and engaging, covering spiritual and political aspects. India is a fascinating country and this is a great overview. It is educational without being boring -- Michael Wood does such a good job. I've listened to it several times and enjoyed it each time.
    All in all, an listening excellent choice for non-fiction.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    fxboyle@aol.com 04-23-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Way beyond dates and facts!"

    A compelling and entertaining compilation of history, geography, geology, genetics, anthropology, religion and linguists. Reaches back to the beginning of modern man and reaches forward to the end of the Raj. Depth and breadth, beauty and horror. A great survey of the sub-continent.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    A. Baker Amsterdam, Netherlands 11-20-11
    A. Baker Amsterdam, Netherlands 11-20-11 Member Since 2005

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    "Very Thorough"

    This is really about the history of India. It's not a travelogue. I bought it in preparation for our trip to India and it was not exactly what I had in mind. But it is a very well written book and it's fun to listen to. I'll probably give it another try (I stopped 3/4 of the way through) now that we're back and I have some context for it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 01-20-11
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 01-20-11 Member Since 2002
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    "scattered, before coming together at the end"

    Great narration and some interesting stories, but very difficult to follow the chronology and geography. Perhaps this is an audio book where you just need an ancient map at your side to really follow what the author is saying.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Dilpreet United States 12-21-13
    Dilpreet United States 12-21-13
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    "An Execellent Analysis of India"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend the book. The author has subtly intertwined the past as well as the present of India with perfection. It takes us on a journey called INDIA, painting the canvas with its rich history & enlightening the reader with the diverse aspects of the nation and finally closing the masterpiece with the present.

    It a great work, which makes the reader (or listener) well acquainted with the history, culture & the political situation of India both in the past as well as the present.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Story of India?

    The exploration of the Indian political scenario at the time of Independence & the secret delicate affairs of the fore-front Indian leaders. In addition, the author has also appropriately analyzed the current sociopolitical situation of India in the new millennium.


    What does Sam Dastor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Sam Dastor's voice modulation along with appropriate emotional touches at the right places, has made the listening pure joy.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many such moments...


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to those persons who have a passion for World History or interested in India.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roger South Orange, NJ, United States 08-09-10
    Roger South Orange, NJ, United States 08-09-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Engaging"

    This is a lovingly told overview of India’s history, touching on the interactions of geography, geology and cultures. As with all good introductions, it leaves you wanting more.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Flowers100 10-15-14
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    "Excellent Work. Love the intricacies."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very great work, to get a start in Hindustani history.


    What other book might you compare The Story of India to and why?

    The Oxford History of India, unabridged, is a start.


    What about Sam Dastor’s performance did you like?

    It was simply superb!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book moved mountains.


    Any additional comments?

    The documentary is also wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Santa Fe, NM, United States 03-15-13
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    "terrific book"
    Where does The Story of India rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    definitely one of the better books i have listened to from audible.


    What about Sam Dastor’s performance did you like?

    his performance was a real highlight.


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  • Andrew
    Ryde, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
    2/23/10
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    "The Story of India"

    Unlike other listeners I didn't find anything wrong with the narration. The book itself is quite "difficult" and perhaps those who come to it from the TV series will be disappointed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lynne
    New Quay, United Kingdom
    12/28/07
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    "Good book, stupefying reader"

    This book would be as interesting as the TV series it accompanies if it weren't read by someone who sounds like an elderly teacher dragging his way wearily through course material that he's been reading out for the last 10 years to classes who'd rather be anywhere else.

    24 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Milton Keynes, Bucks, United Kingdom
    6/5/09
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    "India, look elsewhere!"

    I had this as a present on CD, I have an interest in history and was looking forward to hearing "The Story of India".
    I regret to say that 6 months on I only listened for half an hour, the narrators voice is boring and flat, which is a shame because I would really like to listen to the history of India. Perhaps one day someone else will record this potentially interesting saga and bring it to life, as is justly deserves.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Adisha Kariyawasam
    United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Fascinating historical journey through India"

    On the whole, I really enjoyed the content of this audio book - it was both educational and captivating. Michael Wood presents a rich, well-researched and colourful epic history of this vast country and clearly knows his subject matter.



    However, I felt at times that the audio book did not make the best use of the sound medium and could have been improved in the following ways:

    1. Maybe Michael could have introduced the audio book. This would have added a lot more weight and credibility to the recording.

    2. In my opinion, the narrator Sam Dastor's expressive performance would have benefited from an additional Indian voice actor reading those parts of the text that required a native Indian accent.

    3. With the introduction of some music clips and sound effects - maybe sourced from the excellent and celebrated BBC TV series? This would have greatly enhanced the otherwise excellent narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    4/3/11
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    "Good one"

    There is definitely a great amount of research gone into this book to present India from the very early stages. Worth a read if you are interested in learning about different places or in history. This definitely worth a read if you are from Indian Subcontinent (India,Pakisthan, Srilanka & Afghanisthan). Gives a good amount f pride in the subcontinent..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James Beard
    Italy
    1/6/14
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    "Not for the uninitiated"
    Would you try another book written by Michael Wood or narrated by Sam Dastor?

    No


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Did not get to the end


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Sam Dastor?

    Don't know


    Was The Story of India worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a narrative for anyone wanting to learn about India from scratch. I found it much too detailed for an audio book and if I had read it I would have had to go back many times to grasp the essence of what was being narrated. I also found the narrator to be somewhat patronising in his delivery

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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