In Xanadu

  • by William Dalrymple
  • Narrated by Michael Maloney
  • 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Here is William Dalrymple's highly praised and greatly entertaining account of his 1986 trip made while a student at Cambridge, which retraced Marco Polo's route across land from Jerusalem to Xanadu. With him, he took a phial of Holy Oil, 600 pounds and Laura until Lahore, and Louisa from there to Xanadu.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

I found it was read v fast and I could not adjust

Wonderful story that would be nice in full. Read too fast in places. Memorable moment - riding on top of coal trucks. Just too awful to imagine and the lovely homage in the end. The reader had nice voice.
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- Sandra

A young, immature, British lad's travelogue

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better story. A less condescending attitude towards locals from this clearly arrogant British traveler. Fewer contrived moments & situations, clearly designed to give this rather boring journey some excitement.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Probably something from Ha-Joon Chang.

What aspect of Michael Maloney’s performance would you have changed?

The narrator & main character of the story is rather dorkey, eager, and annoying. The actor conveyed that perfectly, as there were many moments I thought him guilty of the faults of this book.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from In Xanadu?


Any additional comments?

This is a travelogue written by a white British traveler clearly unable to to blend or integrate into the Middle-Eastern and Asian cultures he crosses. The result is a very distant and superficial look at locals. If you are looking to learn how locals would behave, or what they would say, towards a white British traveler...this would be the book for you. Just don't expect any deep or meaningful insights into these societies.

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- Sandeep Mehta

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-19-2008
  • Publisher: CSA Word