• The Silk Roads

  • A New History of the World
  • By: Peter Frankopan
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-27-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (54 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westward on its axis, it now turns to the east.... For centuries fame and fortune were to be found in the West - in the New World of the Americas. Today it is the East that calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from Eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia, deep into China and India, is taking center stage in international politics, commerce, and culture - and is shaping the modern world. This region, the true center of the Earth, is obscure to many in the English-speaking world. Yet this is where civilization itself began, where the world's great religions were born and took root. The Silk Roads were no exotic series of connections but networks that linked continents and oceans together. Along them flowed ideas, goods, disease, and death. This was where empires were won - and where they were lost. As a new era emerges, the patterns of exchange are mirroring those that have criss-crossed Asia for millennia. The Silk Roads are rising again. A major reassessment of world history, The Silk Roads is an important account of the forces that have shaped the global economy and the political renaissance in the reemerging East.
©2015 Peter Frankopan (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Warren on 03-13-16

Amazing insight

Best book I have read with the last chapter pulling it all together. This book is a detailed look into the past that has a striking relevance to today.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By John on 06-18-18

Impressively expansive, well worth a read

The breath of history that this book sets out to cover is truly impressive and the author does as good a job as can be expected. Provides context for a lot of the geopolitics that define our present day

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3 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 08-29-17

Poor reading.

I don't know what limitations are placed on the reader or whether enough time is allowed for proper preparation but the recording is peppered throughout with poor text interpretation. It is as though no prep has been carried out; phrasing and inflection is misplaced as though the reader has been taken by surprise with each emerging clause. The narrative is marred by this, however competent the writer may be.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Natalia on 12-03-15

History that is as entertaining as it is educating

What made the experience of listening to The Silk Roads the most enjoyable?

For me this is highly personal, as most of the listening I did while in Istanbul, so I was situated in one of the prime locations mentioned in the earlier sections of the book. But on a less 'contextual' level, I found listening to extremely well written history that assumed the reader/listener was intelligent but not an expert a true pleasure.

What did you like best about this story?

That Frankopan, as usual, manages to tie everything together in a cohesive manner.

Did Laurence Kennedy do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

No. The attempt at different voices and accents was cringeworthy. I realise that he was trying to differentiate when he was reading a direct quote but sometimes he bordered on offensive or racist, or downright silly.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No but I did very much enjoy it.

Any additional comments?

While I know this kind of book is not for everyone, I very much hope a lot of people listen to or read it.

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32 of 37 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gordon on 04-01-16

Some great gems of historical fact

Liked the revelations relating to Europe and USA interference in modern Arabia leading to the recent cause of unrest. Will listen again sometime and provide recommendations to friends that may be able to last the long journey the book requires;-)

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Tim on 08-16-16

Not a history of Asia

Any additional comments?

It started well, with an introduction promising to correct biases. He criticizes the standard story of world history: Greece begat Rome begat the Renaissance, Enlightenment, England, America; but then proceeds to essentially tell that story, albeit with a continuous focus on near and central Asia. There was an interesting portrait of a thriving medieval Asia, but apart from that, the story was largely told through Western eyes. The story of the colonisation of America seemed familiar and mostly irrelevant to his central thesis, and thus somewhat out of place. His history of the 20th century was very engaging for me, and had a number of new revelations and insights. Overall, well worth listening to, alongside other history books.

I'd love to see a true history of Asia, but I don't think Audible has such a thing at present.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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