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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

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Great story.

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • FSX404
  • Southern California
  • 01-16-16

Not the usual book...

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • RP
  • U.S.
  • 05-08-15

Amazing review of Polo's travels and relevance

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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facinating

read the last chapter first as a guide to the enormous work involved over years. also read further re Gengis Kahn

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Marco the Traveler, Great Story

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.

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fantastic read highly recommend.

a great read. a comprehensive account of travels across the silk route. highly recommended. Marco Polo

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Finally we meet.

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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Jerry
  • oklahoma city, OK, United States
  • 01-06-13

3rd person narrative

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.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Glenn
  • Raleigh, NC, USA
  • 09-30-12

Fascinating

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.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful