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I have a new appreciation for people from non Anglo-European cultures who read historical fiction or period fantasy with English as their second language. There's all that generally untranslatable, specific terminology (hauberk, falchion, keep, oubliette). There are deeply Anglo-European cultural motifs and allusions (Biblical references, King Arthur, Greco-Roman mythology). Trying to listen to this book was a learning experience, and despite the great narration and interesting story, it was tough.
This story is very dense with cultural material and terminology, and it's an uphill battle. I tend to obsessively look up any word I don't understand, but it was hard to do that with non-English terms in an audio medium. I could only get glimpses of the far more rewarding experience I might have had if I'd been reading an actual book that I could've used to look up unknown words.
On the other hand, I learned a great deal more about this period in Indian history than I ever would have otherwise. It was really fascinating to slowly piece together the cultural context from implicit clues, rather than having it all spelled out for me directly.