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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: Noel Barber Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538462300
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This brilliantly readable work of history tells the bizarre story of the Ottoman Empire as seen through the lives of its extravagant and tyrannical sultans. With their absolute power, their love of pomp, and their overwhelming venality and corruption, rarely has a great empire been ruled by such grotesque and awesome figures. There was Suleiman the Magnificent, who allowed his wife to persuade him to murder his eldest son and his best friend; Murad III, who left 103 children behind him when he died; Mustafa, who was kept in a cage, attended by deaf-mutes, until he ascended to the throne. There were sultans who practiced their archery on living people; sultans who drowned the ladies of their harem by the score; and sultans who gave the reins of empire to their favorite eunuchs. For four hundred years, they fought wars, terrorized their subjects, made Turkey into a great empire, and then allowed her to decline into ostentatious and impotent decay.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 7/17/2013

    " Decent read, covered the very basics of the Ottoman Empire from mid-1500s to its collapse and renewal with Ataturk in the mid-1900s. I did not quite like his negative portrayal of women throughout the entire book/history. Seemed a bit biased. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina | 1/9/2013

    " BEST BOOK ON OTTOMAN EMPIRE "

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About the Author

Noel Barber (1909–1988) is the author of numerous novels that draw upon his experience as a foreign correspondent from the 1940s to the 1960s, including The Black Hole of CalcuttaThe Other Side of Paradise, and A Woman of Cairo.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.