The Travels of Marco Polo

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Author(s): Marco Polo
Genre: Travel
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.92 hours)
Product Number: Z100109626
Released: Feb 08, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781781982006
Narrator/s: Peter Wickham
Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
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Description

The Travels of Marco Polo is the classic account of Marco Polo's journey to China from Venice, and his discoveries as an emissary to the great Kublai Khan. Polo explores everywhere from Baghdad, Armenia and Russia to the Caspian Sea, the Gobi Desert and the small fishing villages of China, describing the geography, architecture and customs of these exotic places. He tells stories of assassins, cannibals, fantastical animals, feasts and battles, and gives a fascinating account of the multicultural empire of Kublai Khan. The Travels is said to have inspired the voyages of Magellan and Columbus, the latter having kept an annotated copy among his belongings. It remains one of the most entertaining travelogues in existence.

All formats/editions

CD
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Author(s): Marco Polo
Narrator(s): Peter Wickham
Genre: Travel
Product Number DD44160
Released: Mar 08, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781982653507
eBook
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Author(s): Marco Polo
Genre: History, Travel
Product Number EB00162604
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Modern Library
ISBN: #9780307824127

Professional reviews

"Narrator Peter Wickham's voice is aged and a bit rough but energetic and cultured in this recounting of Marco Polo's wanderings through thirteenth-century Asia. Wickham speaks more as one declaiming an official account than telling a story, which suits a book written in the third person, but he maintains a likable persona, good-humored and wise, befitting a man recalling the exploits of his youth. He raises the energy level when the text calls for increased emotion, as in quotations. But despite his skill and intelligence, the material's repetitive gazetteer nature can grow tiresome, and without maps or notes, those unfamiliar with the book, the period, or the geography of Asia may feel lost. But for those who want the audiobook format, Wickham makes a fine traveling companion. W.M. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"