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Download Marco Polo From Venice to Xanadu Book Ï From Venice to Xanadu Ì ❮Reading❯ ➽ Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu ➶ Author Join or create book clubs – Eyltransferservices.co.uk As the first European to travel extensively throughout Asia Marco Polo was the earliest bridgeAhn 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 AsiaIn this lively blend of history biography and travelogue acclaime This is a good book in a basic meatloaf and potatoes way It nourishes but doesn't delight I've listened to the audiobook version four times already and although each time it gets better it tops out at 3 stars ie just average After listening to it the first time I would have rated it 2 starsThe story as it is told by the author Laurence Bergreen doesn't convey a sense of place in any of the many places where the action takes place Obviously this is a huge irony One reads a book like this or listens to its audiobook version with the expectation of basking in the author's descriptions of Marco Polo's travels to faraway places Having previously listened to the audiobook version of Bergreen's Over the Edge of the World Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe in which Bergreen succeeded in conveying a sense of place for each of the many places Magellan visited I had high expectations for Bergreen's story of Marco Polo Unfortunately those expectations weren't met What this story lacked was the type of sense of place treatment that Simon Winchester excels at and reliably delivers book after book after bookBefore listening to the audiobook version I was pleased to see that Bergreen himself wasn't doing the reading as his reading of his story on Magellan didn't match the high uality of his writing The reader for Bergreen's book on Marco Polo Paul Boehmer was OK but 4 stars at bestAll of this being said Bergreen's book is informative and I learned a lot from it It's just that the story isn't delivered in a 5 star knock your socks off way

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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 K Epic life well toldI've read the author's other work and I appreciate that he is clear which portions are well supported and which are speculative Some other books rely only on well documented facts and others delve into speculation without revealing the shaky ground beneath This book and his others get it rightThere was a lot in this book that surprised meMy one and only suggestion is for a bigger clearer map with locations marked on it Even though the travel path is not exactly known it would have helped me stay in the story

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Marco Polo From Venice to XanaduD 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 describ The story of Marco Polo is indeed an extraordinary one and is well told in this very readable book by the author of Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe the first book I read by this author and the better of the two It's captivating to read Polo's own words in his descriptions of Asia particularly China and his service to the great Kublai Khan A necessary read for anyone interested in the time leading up to the Age of Discovery