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Arabia

A Journey Through the Heart of the Middle East
Narrated by: Levison Wood
Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
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The award-winning TV adventurer and travel writer's enthralling account of his 5,000-mile expedition around the Arabian Peninsula, from Iraq to Lebanon.  

Following in the footsteps of great explorers such as Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, Arabia is Levison Wood's account of his most complex expedition yet: circumnavigating the Arabian Peninsula. Travelling through some of the harshest and most beautiful environments on earth, he seeks to challenge our perceptions of an often misunderstood part of the world, seeing how the region has changed and examining the stories we don't often hear about in the media. 

©2018 Levison Wood (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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An audio documentary

Some books are just meant to be audiobooks, and this is one of them. Listening to the book felt as though I were listening to a documentary - having the actual adventurer / author read the story made it all the more better. It’s easy to drift off and feel as though the narrator is simply sat beside you, telling you all about his travels.

The story had the perfect mix of adventure, education and personality - all seamlessly intertwined together to create a seriously compelling narrative.

Absolutely recommend this book.

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  • Paddy brennan
  • 07-20-19

stunning kept me wanting more

loved this so much the details in this book is astonishingly brilliant the man is a genius can't wait for more

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  • Barrie Noble
  • 05-30-19

Excellent book, the story flowed well, coherent and full of interest. Good to have the authenticity of the author reading the b

An excellent book, the story flowed well, coherent and full of interest. I am sure I will listen again. I do recommend this book to others who enjoy adventure and want to learn much about Arabia.

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  • Sam
  • 04-20-19

Fascinating listen

I love listening to Lev’s adventures. It’s good to see parts of the world I know I’ll never make it to through the eyes of such a knowledgeable, eloquent and compassionate soul. Some of his experiences will make you laugh others will move you to tears. Scrapes involving all manor of dodgy characters kept me holding my breath. He must have nerves of steel. For the most part this book is very informative I have learnt more about the troubled Middle East here than in a life time of news reports and documentaries. As someone that has more than a passing interest in antiquity this book was perfect. Lev visits and describes ancient cities, monuments etc in great detail. Looking forward to the his next trip.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-18-19

seems a bit short tempered at times , and weary

enjoyed it in a few sittings and seems Levinson is bored of travelling and the characters that cone with it in war torn areas

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  • Richard
  • 02-17-19

Don’t believe all your read

This book is for anyone who has an interest in the Middle East, the real Middle East, and not necessarily everything you might hear, see or read.

I work in Jordan and recognise so much of the what Levison talks about, he has hit the nail on the head when describing the complexity of the region but also the simplicity of life for the average person.

This story has made me realise that being here in Jordan is such a fantastic opportunity and I have plans to visit Oman, Bethlehem and possibly Lebanon.

Well worth a listen.

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  • Richard
  • 03-27-19

Captivating!

Jeez Lev, you used some of your nine lives on this trip! Superb story! Makes one want to explore, but be grateful for what you have in the present too.

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  • KC
  • 03-19-19

decent

Engaging, candid but just surface skimming for some parts in my opinion. Not as much depth as I would have hoped for but the schedule has to be tight so perhaps its good enough.

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  • Mike C Davies
  • 03-05-19

Fantastic travelog of modern day Arabia

Excellent modern travelog around Middle East, with nods to the classics of Thesiger and Burton. This is more than retreading Arabian Sands though, it gives a clear view of the current state of Yemen, Syria and others. Planning trip to Oman and Lebanon after this. Well read by Levison himself, thoroughly recommended

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  • william hallett
  • 02-07-19

Excellent!

A great read prior to the tv series later this year. Levison is fantastic at retelling his story.
A must listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-14-19

A Must

The book was eye opening in more ways then I could have imagined, a definition of travel and adventure - and one cant help but be humble by the stories and in turn less judgemental & more so understanding.

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  • Mariko
  • 06-20-19

for all fans of levison wood

if you're a fan of levison wood you will enjoy the book, as will those who have always been fascinated with the romance of arabia