• Marco Polo

  • From Venice to Xanadu
  • By: Laurence Bergreen
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-23-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (44 ratings)

Regular price: $27.93

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Publisher's Summary

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 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Carl on 04-04-09

Fun Historical Book

The first recorded book I ever heard more than 20 years ago was "The Travels of Marco Polo" and I was hooked. Marco Polo's adventures still seemed exotic, fantastic, and surreal but the drawback was he'd be talking about places that had names that didn't correlate with the present, he would describe certain things, for example unicorns, that left you wondering what he saw, and more. This book helps put all these pieces together, explains historical background of the period and places, and explores Marco himself.

The book is fun, entertaining, easy to listen to, and has a great reader. Wonderful historical adventure.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Terry from Toronto on 05-09-09

Great Book! Real bargain!

Entertaining! Educational! A Great Read! Enjoyed every minute of the two tapes, Listened to them twice. A real bargain at this price. A musr read for anyone going to China.

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