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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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This is one of my all time favorites. I started with the audiobook, then bought the paperback and the DVD set! Michael Wood's tremendous enthusiasm for the subject and the narrator's delightful British accent and perfect pronunciation of Indian names and places adds to the trip like a wonderful guide adds to a real journey. Considering that India will soon be the most populated country on Earth and will soon surpass the GDP of the US, it behooves all of us to know more about the subcontinent. This is so much more than a litany of facts; it is exuberant with the colors, tastes, smells, gardens and incredible longevity of this fascinating country's history. Pure joy from start to finish; now I must save money to go there myself and visit the places mentioned in the book. But if I never make it there, this is surely the next best thing!
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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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I wanted to learn where India came from and I learned that and a lot more with it.
I also loved the reader.
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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
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