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Publisher's Summary

A poor porter (one who carries goods for others in the market and throughout the city) stops to take a rest on the bench outside the gate of a rich merchant's house, where he complains to Allah about the injustice of a world which allows the rich to live in ease while he must work hard and yet remain poor. 
The owner of the house hears about this and requests to speak to the porter, finding that they are both named Sinbad. The rich Sinbad tells the poor Sinbad that he became wealthy "by fortune and fate" in the course of seven wondrous voyages, which he then proceeds to tell.
©2017 James Harris (P)2017 James Harris
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By Kingsley on 12-04-17

Seven short stories

The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor is a classic tale, telling seven adventures by Sinbad. Clocking in at less than an hour this means that each of the seven tales comes in at less than 10 minutes. Not much time to set up the the story, settings, conflict and then resolve it. Seven tales of adventure, excitement and treasure, which is the basis for many larger, grander stories.

It may be unfair to compare circa 17th century short stories like this against modern tales, but it is also hard not to. There are certainly older stories that cover similar ideas (Odysseus and the the Cyclops comes to mind) better - in more detail and with better story telling.

It's a classic, and it is clear why the stories have prompted so many greater tales and movies, but in it's original short form it is ultimately a bit underwhelming.

The adaption to contemporary language is good. I have no idea what the original text is like, so it's hard to compare, but it is easy to understand and captures the essence of the stories well.

Narration by Michael T Downey is good. Well paced, and clear, he separates characters and breathes life into the story. Rather enjoyable work by Downey.

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By alias11 on 12-04-17

Enjoyable Retelling

I really liked this telling of the Sinbad story. It was easy to follow and understand, and the adventures were interesting and enjoyable. The narration was excellent, clear, and well paced.

I recommend this story. It would also be great for younger audiences as there is no sex or graphic violence.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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