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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,326 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colin Thubron Narrator: Jonathan Keeble Publisher: ISIS Audio Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN:
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Out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across Northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran into Kurdish Turkey, Colin Thubron undertakes a journey along the greatest land route on earth: the Silk Road. Travelling 7,000 miles in eight months, he traces the passage not only of trade and armies, but of ideas, religions and inventions. With a gift for talking to others, and of getting them to talk to him, Thubron meets some fascinating people and encounters some of the world's discontented margins, where the true boundaries are not political borders but the frontiers of tribe, ethnicity, language and religion. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily Millay | 2/20/2014

    " It takes a lot for me to stop reading a book -- my compulsion to get to the end, to give the author the benefit of the doubt, is often too strong to let me walk away early. However, I only got through the first two chapters of this book before deciding to put it down. Thubron's understanding of Buddhism was so facile that it made his remarks about the Chinese and Tibetan people deeply suspect to me. And as he was about to leave China on his journey West retracing the paths of the Silk Road, I realized that he was about to enter a territory that was primarily Muslim -- and my knowledge of Islam is so shallow that I knew that I would not be able to discern where he was getting it wrong in this portion of the journey. Since my trust in him was so thoroughly crushed by his handling of the Buddhism in the first two chapters, I knew that I couldn't, in good faith, continue. Thubron moves through that world with a deep unexamined white and Western privilege. It was really unfortunate, because I was very excited to read this recounting. It is a life-long dream of mine to walk the path of the Silk Road (from West to East, though, the way my ancestors may have) from beginning to end, and I was hoping for more from this text. I suppose the very fact that Thubron was going about it opposite to my own dream should have been the first red flag. Very disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 2/18/2014

    " I can't believe it took me this long to finish this book. Maybe it's because I wanted to drag it out? Could be, because I really enjoyed it. Thubron comes off as a bit of a stiff shirt sometimes, but his writing is elegant and engrossing. I enjoyed that he seemed to really respect the places he was visiting, which I feel is sometimes missing in travelogues. I guess I'm willing to trade some vivacity for extra erudition. I picked this book up because the Silk Road is on my travel "bucket list" and this did nothing to lessen my desire to make the trip -- it only intensified it. The region is changing incredibly fast, so I fear that some details of the book will become outdated, but its historical perspective and the character sketches rendered by the author will stand the test of time, I'm sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 2/12/2014

    " Enjoyed learning some ancient history while traveling the silk road with Mr. Thubron. Margaret "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Satya Cohen | 2/5/2014

    " I had to put aside a good bit of time to read this because I felt the need to do some research during. Very good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hank Foshee | 1/31/2014

    " COLIN THUBRON REALLY CHASES DOWN SOME INTERESTING HISTORY IN FAR OFF PLACES. HE PROVIDES INTERESTING COMMENTARY ON UNUSUAL PLACES AND DETAILS NOT KNOWN BUT OF INTEREST "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 1/27/2014

    " Wonderful book, very well written, I learned much I didn't know about the history of the areas covered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Young | 1/23/2014

    " This was the first book I read about the Silk Road, the ancient trade route between China and the West. I found the whole subject absolutely fascinating and Colin was the perfect guide through this incredibly rich and complex subject. He has a real passion for everyday people, how they live their lives and how they change from place to place. An excellent read, I thoroughly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathee | 1/18/2014

    " Looking for a book which brings together the dynasty's of China with the Khan's of Mongolia? Can't quite understand the histories of Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, etc...... When was the properties of silk brought to the attention of the western world! ColinThubron traveled the road "less traveled". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich Stuart | 12/28/2013

    " Interesting travel read; good image of the territory but it reads like he's really trying hard to write the most florid prose in history...so it ruins the history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Collingridge | 12/11/2013

    " It is taking me years to read this book (I must have started some time in 2005-2006). It's very well written, but a bit heavy going. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arthur Mitchell | 11/30/2013

    " This a great travel book by a fantastic writer. This is the fourth book by Thubron that I've read. It's history, religion, architecture, sociology, politics and people. Go get a copy and read it. Then read his other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda B | 4/20/2013

    " Absolutely riveting! I learned so much history and culture from this literate, well-written travelogue "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andy Plonka | 4/18/2013

    " a rambling account of the author's journey along the route of the silk road. He chronicles people he met along the way and their views on anything from current politics to their latest culinary delight. A little too disjointed for me to really get into this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James Mak | 3/23/2013

    " can't finish it. may pick it up again when I'm got the patience to deal with his self-absorbed narative styles... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 2/18/2013

    " Some trips are worth taking just for the prose of their guides. Not much silk here, just sharp-edged lyricism, full of observations about all kinds of believers and skeptics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 9/12/2012

    " It took me awhile to bond with this book - I almost gave up at one point, but I'm glad that I didn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 gail | 12/13/2011

    " If you like lots of history, architecture and archaeology this traveloge by a British travel writer will cure you for awhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Milena | 8/28/2011

    " So many interesting places, so much history without leaving your backyard "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rita | 3/14/2011

    " I'm afraid I had to give up at page 180. Not saying it's not a good book but probably not right for me at the moment. It was recommended so I thought I'd like it but it just didn't interest me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 1/5/2011

    " I found this one a little hard to read ... I didn't think that it was that cohesive. It did have some interesting interviews thought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 11/4/2010

    " I absolutely adore Thubron's prose and how he achieved this journey in his autumn years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 8/10/2010

    " This was a harder read than I expected. I'm just not thrilled with the prose of the "world's greatest living travel writer" although I did enjoy the stories of the people he encountered. "

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About the Author

Colin Thubron is an award-winning travel writer and novelist. He is the author of Mirror to Damascus, The Hills of Adonis, Jerusalem, Among the Russians, Shadow of the Silk Road, and Behind the Wall, which won both the Hawthornden Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. In addition to travelogues, Thubron is also the author of several novels, including Emperor, Turning Back the Sun, To the Last City, and A Cruel Madness, which earned him the PEN/Macmillan Silver Pen Award. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature since 1969, he lives in London.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Keeble combines his audio work with a busy theater and television career. He has been featured in over six hundred radio plays for the BBC, appearing in everything from Shakespeare and Sherlock Holmes to Doctor Who and The Archers, in which he played the evil Owen. As an Earphones Award–winning narrator, he is in high demand for his voice work. He has recorded over two hundred audiobooks.