The world was a much different place than we know it today; Venice, with its extreme wealth, was the center of trade for most of the civilized world and the Polo family. Niccolo and his brother, Maffeo, were two of its most successful businessmen. Always seeking to enrich their fortunes by forming trading relationships with other lands, the Polos made it their goal to travel to the Far East - a largely unknown world that was believed by outsiders to be uncivilized, dangerous, and far too threatening to enter let alone conduct business with.
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Modern listeners will find this radio series to be well made, well acted, and entertaining, especially for those who have seen the various television adaptations of the stories that have been aired over the years. Spread over a series of quarter-hour episodes, the series has plenty of time to relate all the details of Polo's remarkable adventures - and George Edwards, who was already in his mid-50s when this series was made, is believable as both the young and romantic hero and as the wise and powerful Kubla Khan, ruler of China.