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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donn Byrne Narrator: Efrem Zimbalist Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455185283
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Imagine the kingdom of Asia sifted through the Celtic imagination. Messer Marco Polo is the fictionalized account of the travels of Marco Polo as told by Malichi Campbell, an Ulsterman.

Young Marco Polo meets Kubla Khan, the King of Siam, and Saint Paul, and he falls in love with the beautiful Golden Bells. After her magicians save him from death in the desert, he stays and marries her. Following her death, Polo returns to Venice as an old man.

Audiobook producer Stefan Rudnicki and acting legend Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., were reminiscing about favorite childhood books when they both recalled Messer Marco Polo as one of the best. The result is this collaborative effort for a truly charming audiobook.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] very magically beautiful book.”

    James Branch Cabell, author of Jurgen

  • “The language is lilting, as is Zimbalist’s voice, and the descriptions of the many wonders Marco sees are quite beautiful.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 9/24/2010

    " An elderly Irishman tells the story of Marco Polo to his young American nephew. Magical. The descriptions of Venice, the journey across Asia, his courtship of the Khan's daughter and their lives is narrated in a lively manner that makes this fantastic yarn believable. "

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About the Author

Donn Byrne (1889-1929) was born Brian Oswald Patrick Donn-Byrne. In 1907 he went to the University of Dublin to study romance languages and then continued his education at the Sorbonne and Leipzig University with the hope of becoming a diplomat. This interest soon waned, and he moved to New York in 1911 to become a writer.

About the Narrator

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (1918–2014) was born in New York City and trained at the Yale School of Drama. An actor on stage, film, and television, he was also a narrator, voice-over artist, director, and award-winning producer. He is best remembered for his role as investigators on the TV shows 77 Sunset Strip and The FBI.