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A companion to the major six-part BBC TV series, written by Michael Wood and read by Sam Dastor. Michael Wood weaves a spellbinding narrative out of the 10,000-year history of India. Home today to more than a fifth of the world's population, the subcontinent gave birth to the oldest and most influential civilization on Earth, to four world religions, and to the world's largest democracy. Now, as India bids to become a global giant, Michael sets out to trace the roots of India's present in the incredible riches of her past.
©2007 Michael Wood; (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By Amazon Customer on 10-16-09

It's a story not a history

Once you realize that this is a "story" and not a "history" of India it goes along quite well. It is the story told through a combination of references to India's ancient literature, archaeology, interviews and a bit of scholarly writing. It took me a while to get my head around the fact that I wasn't listening to what I would strictly call a history book, but it was a good introduction to a subject that I knew nothing about--and now know a bit more about.

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By A. Baker on 11-20-11

Very Thorough

This is really about the history of India. It's not a travelogue. I bought it in preparation for our trip to India and it was not exactly what I had in mind. But it is a very well written book and it's fun to listen to. I'll probably give it another try (I stopped 3/4 of the way through) now that we're back and I have some context for it.

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By Andrew on 02-23-10

The Story of India

Unlike other listeners I didn't find anything wrong with the narration. The book itself is quite "difficult" and perhaps those who come to it from the TV series will be disappointed.

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By Paul McAviney on 04-19-15

I wanted to learn where India came from and I did

I wanted to learn where India came from and I learned that and a lot more with it.
I also loved the reader.
Thank You

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By dave on 04-15-16

The story of India

Another excellent history from Michael Wood. I've ready just about all of Wood's historical books and each one has proved highly entertaijing as well as more than just interesting.
Sam Dastor's reading of this history is excellent too. As an Indian born actor he has the brilliant ability to impart believable but subtley different character to the voices of people quoted in the book. This definitely improved the telling. He has a wonderful mellifluous dark voice. Great choice of reader
Thoroughly recommended

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