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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (547 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurence Bergreen Narrator: Paul Boehmer, J. Paul Boehmer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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As the first European to travel extensively throughout Asia, Marco Polo was the earliest bridge between East and West. His famous journeys took him across the boundaries of the known world, along the dangerous Silk Road, and into the court of Kublai Kahn, where he won the trust of the most feared and reviled leader of his day. Polo introduced the cultural riches of China to Europe, spawning centuries of Western fascination with Asia.

In this lively blend of history, biography, and travelogue, acclaimed author Laurence Bergreen separates myth from history, creating the most authoritative account yet of Polo’s remarkable adventures. Exceptionally narrated and written with a discerning eye for detail, Marco Polo is as riveting as the life it describes.

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  • This is an enthusiastic retelling of Marco Polo's timeless story. Laurence Bergreen draws from a broad range of the surviving Polo manuscripts to create a convincing portrait of how Marco was able to get to thirteenth century China, and of what he saw, felt and did when he got there. Readers unfamiliar with Polo's adventures will find much pleasure here. Jonathan Spence, author of Emperor of China
  • "At last! Marco Polo comes to life! Laurence Bergreen, perhaps America's liveliest biographer, has created a triumph of fascinations, a classic portrait that now surely can never be bettered. Simon Winchester, author of The Map That Changed the World
  • As enthralling as a rollicking travel journal. New York Times Book Review
  • With his polished, authoritative storytelling, Bergreen makes the world of Marco Polo very pertinent. Entertainment Weekly
  • Mesmerizing . . . This is lively history that is richly detailed and destined to be the definitive account of Marco Polo and his adventures for decades to come. Tucson Citizen
  • Fascinating . . . A constant surprise and delight. The Plain Dealer
  • [An] exciting reconstruction of the extraordinary life of Marco Polo . . . impressively researched and deftly composed. Booklist
  • Illuminating . . . A window into the most exotic of places and times. St. Petersburg Times

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Amber | 2/20/2014

    " This book sucked. I think it was the non-fiction aspect of it. It failed to bring me into the story. It would give random facts such as Marco Polo tried to find Noah's Arc, but did not elaborate on the search. The author then would move onto another random fact about Marco Polo. Gary Jennings book was much more engaging and intresting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tim Jokl | 2/18/2014

    " Fascinating. Does not read like the dry, convoluted, academic drudgery of say an Antonia Fraser book. This is written with some verve and creativity, yet is crammed with accurate historical information that I feel I am properly absorbing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kim | 2/8/2014

    " What a life! This one ties in nicely with the Mongol history of the previously read book on Gengis Khan, centering more on Kubla Khan,his grandson, but much more entertainingly told. There are little lessons on silk production, boat builging, even the early use of 'black logs' - coal. I would never had the nerve for such an adventure myself, but thankfully there are people like Marco Polo, his father, and uncle, and best of all they wrote it down for the rest of us. This author includes useful commentary as well, translating some of the unfamiliar terms and currently used names for lands, towns, and such (which would have helped the Gengis account I just finished). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Matt | 2/6/2014

    " i decided to put this book on hold. I guess I enjoyed the medieval travel log aspect of the book, but something about the author's commentary on Marco Polo and his encounters with foreign cultures rubs me the wrong way. Maybe I will come back to this one after a bit of a break. "

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