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In this ambitious audiobook, best-selling author Sanjeev Sanyal chronicles the grand sweep of history from East Africa to Australia, conjuring the great cities of Angkor and Vijayanagar, medieval Arab empires, and Chinese "treasure fleets" in rich, vivid detail. He explores remote archaeological sites, maritime trading networks, and half-forgotten oral tales to challenge established historical narratives with fresh evidence. 

Shining new light on medieval geopolitics and long-lost cities, The Ocean of Churn is a mesmerizing journey into the heart of a vibrant civilization.

©2016 Sanjeev Sanyal (P)2019 Random House Audio

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An unputdownable treatise on the history of Indian Ocean

Don’t bother reading this review. Instead Just go ahead and read /listen to this actual book. This book is filled with unbelievable stories from history that will take you by surprise on almost every pages. This book changed my perception about history once and for all. Kudos to Sanjeev Sanyal

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Extremely interesting & well written (and read)

Amazing book. I even got the physical copy. This is a must read & must listen. Can definitely be made into a Netflix or Prime docu-history show.

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Very good historical reconstruction of events in Indian ocean realm. Author has put in a lot of efforts to study events from Various periods and placss and piece it together without bias

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Makes me love history once again!

Great book and I wish I had been taught history this way. I’ve been listening to this book on my drive to drop off and pick up my 3.5 yr old daughter and I have been narrating a simplified version of this book to her!

It also challenges the seemingly half truths about Ashoka, Tipu sultan, Rhodes etc.

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  • 08-22-20

Intresting narration and very insightful

Intresting narration and very insightful writing on otherwise forgotten history of of indians and indian ocean!

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  • Hemang Desai
  • 07-07-20

very good but sometimes confusing

as the book covers a huge geographical area and attempts a sweep of a few thousand years, the shifts from places and scenarios can be confusing.

that aside, this book has fascinating tit-bits of history and gives keen readers leads to research many different topics.

someone else should have read this book though. if you're aren't accustomed to an Indian accent and its novel way of pronunciation, you're going to struggle.

worth the listen overall.

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  • 04-08-21

Fantastic book; riveting

This book is far more informative and insightful than its cover might otherwise suggest.

I’ve been a follower of Sanyal’s work for a while, though this was my first read/listen of any of his books.

My only gripe is that the narrator often mispronounced words, though this in no way ruined my experience absorbing this book.

This book sheds light on the lesser known battles of military history that were swept under the rug, and thoroughly covers Indian Ocean history from the formation of the Earth to the rise of Singapore.