• The Great Game

  • The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia
  • By: Peter Hopkirk
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-29-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (173 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Great Game between Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia was fought across desolate terrain from the Caucasus to China, over the lonely passes of the Parmirs and Karakorams, in the blazing Kerman and Helmund deserts, and through the caravan towns of the old Silk Road - both powers scrambling to control access to the riches of India and the East. When play first began, the frontiers of Russia and British India lay 2000 miles apart; by the end, this distance had shrunk to 20 miles at some points. Now, in the vacuum left by the disintegration of the Soviet Union, there is once again talk of Russian soldiers "dipping their toes in the Indian Ocean."
The Washington Post has said that "every story Peter Hopkirk touches is totally engrossing." In this gripping narrative he recounts a breathtaking tale of espionage and treachery through the actual experiences of its colorful characters. Based on meticulous scholarship and on-the-spot research, this is the history at the core of today's geopolitics.
©2006 The Estate of Peter Hopkirk (P)2017 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

" The Great Game, as the Anglo-Russian struggle in Central Asia was called, unfolds in Hopkirk's intricate narrative as an incredible tale of high adventure and political intrigue, conveyed here through the exploits of Cossacks, Muslim guerrillas, courageous travelers, spies, mapmakers and soldiers." ( Publishers Weekly)
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By horoscopy on 09-24-17

By FAR the best book on this topic on Audbile

Would you listen to The Great Game again? Why?

yes, I plan to. very good narration and not only that very well written. I have listened to or tried to listen to other books on this topic, "Games without rules" mainly...and it is just not as well written and narration is nowhere as good as this one.

Any additional comments?

try this one first and foremost If interested in British attempts on domination of Afghanistan

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Kay on 09-14-17

Epic History

Truly astonishing examples of human courage and cruelty. Peter Hopkirk's writing brings the past vividly to life. The narration is top notch too.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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