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Dhruva Narayan

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Sanjeev possess an Ocean of Knowledge

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-21

This was the first book of Sanjeev Sanyal's that I have read and it was very enjoyable. I have watched many of his videos on youtube and was impressed by the breadth of his knowledge of history. I started this book with high expectation and it did not disappoint.
Even though I was familiar with many of the events that Sanjeev spoke about in this book, I found the way he tied everything to the Indian Ocean very interesting. I also liked that the book focussed on parts of history that aren't covered in detail in traditional history books such as the trade between the Indus valley and Mesopotamia or the proxy battles fought between the cholas and the Chinese empire in the Indonesian islands for trade dominance.
Sanjeev peppers the book with many personal anecdotes as well as the lesser known tales of many well known people, which I found fascinating. One such example is that of the Duke of Wellington, who played a part in defeating Tipu Sultan before he faced Napoleon in Waterloo.
The book is filled with many interesting facts that are woven into the overall story of the region. I will never look at the Indian Ocean the same way again. This book has taught me how many empires have risen and fallen with the rise and fall of the waves in the Indian Ocean and how the Ocean has acted as a melting pot for cultures and people in the region for millennia.
I highly recommend this book to anybody who wants to see history through a different perspective.

A great start to the series!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-21

The book started off a bit slowly, but when it began to pick up pace I was hooked.
With a new cast of amazing characters, each trying to further their own agendas, this story gives us a lot of details about life in the Chiss ascendancy.
I like it when star wars focuses on things outside the skywalker saga. I hope we get more stories in the future centred around the chaos. This book was a real treat to listen to.
Marc Thompson's narration was brilliant as usual. All his different accents and tones breathed life into the story in their own way.
I highly recommend this book to any star wars fan!

I want this to be made into a movie!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-12-20

This is a great dramatization of the events that lead up to start of the great war. The thoughts, feelings and hesitations of all the different foreign ministers, generals and rulers was brought out beautifully through enactments of their conversations with each other and their letters. This series gives you an idea about the forces that moved the chess pieces on the European chessboard and how the continent descended into the chaos that was world war 1.
I love how all the characters have so much emotion in their voices. The voice actors in this were amazing. I really liked the exchange of the "dear Nikki" and "dear Willi" letters between the Kaiser and the Tsar. Audible should make more originals like this.

Stephen Fry's Aristeia

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-20

You don't need to read any reviews of Stephen Fry's books. Just get this book, you won't be disappointed. I loved it. It was just as amazing as Mythos and Heroes were.

Fry's language and narration were really incredible, I found myself rewinding and relistening to so many parts of the book just because of how beautifully they were written.

I really hope he continues this series. Maybe the Odyssey next?

Mary Beard's Magnum Opus

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-20

This is a wonderful, 1000 year story of Rome from Romulus to the second century AD, through the eyes of a vast array of characters from Cicero and Tacitus to the slaves and women who made the gears of this vast empire turn.
I really liked this book because it brought to the fore so much about Rome that we often don't hear about, such as questions about citizenship, Rome's views on outsiders and the private interactions between the people of the empire.
There is so much information packed into this audiobook that I often forgot the details and the names that I just learnt about after finishing a chapter. The density of this book is probably the only downside to it and you should concentrate while listening to this book.
The narration was great and the story of this great kingdom/republic/empire was woven together beautifully. This was definitely a credit well spent!

Our favourite blue skinned admiral is back!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-08-20

Overall this was a great audiobook with a brilliant narration.

I fell in love with thrawn's character after reading the first two books and watching star wars rebels. He is by far the coolest guy in the SW universe.

Even though the story was very good, it wasn't great. I feel the first two books were better than this one. The name is also a bit misleading. I was expecting there to be some actual 'Treason' in this book but there was none.
Plus I already know what happens with the death star and what happens in rebels. (A terrible ending for thrawn). I know this isn't Marc's fault but it kind of spoilt it for me. so 4 stars for the story.

the narrator on the other hand was fantastic! all his accents, tones and expressions were really fabulous. The music and sounds in the background were woven into the narration so beautifully. I give 5 starts for the performance.

All in allyou can't go wrong with this audiobook. Amazing quality. Can't wait for thrawn's next adventures

A dino-lover's delight!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-20

I loved this series from the start. Just like the narrator, I too used to love dinosaurs as a child and was obsessed with them. My favorite dinosaurs were triceratops and velociraptor (now I know it was actually deinonychus😅) from Jurassic park.
I rediscovered my love for dinosaurs through this series, it's just the right length with bite sized episodes for you to listen to. It teaches you about the different aspects of dinosaur life without overloading you with facts. Professor Ben Garrod's narration and expressions made this all the more fun to listen to. Don't miss this if you loved/love dinosaurs.