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The Ocean of Churn

Written by: Sanjeev Sanyal
Narrated by: Abhishek Sharma
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: History, World
5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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In this ambitious audiobook, best-selling author Sanjeev Sanyal chronicles the grand sweep of history from East Africa to Australia, conjuring the great cities of Angkor and Vijayanagar, medieval Arab empires, and Chinese "treasure fleets" in rich, vivid detail. He explores remote archaeological sites, maritime trading networks, and half-forgotten oral tales to challenge established historical narratives with fresh evidence. 

Shining new light on medieval geopolitics and long-lost cities, The Ocean of Churn is a mesmerizing journey into the heart of a vibrant civilization.

©2016 Sanjeev Sanyal (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Logical and smooth

The title of the book may not do justice to the content, but let me opine that the language is easy to comprehend and the content is only logical and supported by relevant proofs at places.
Must read.
I personally respect Mr Sanyal for his achievements and would love to read other books by him

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Great content, school boyish narration

The content is really great and interesting. The narration though feels a bit school boyish, in the sense, the emotional variation wasn't there. Some words are also mis pronounced. It was a bit distracting initially but the content made up for it.

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Learnt some unheard of anecdotes of history

Loved how the author gives a broad overview of Indian history coupled with context which is generally lacking while studying history in school text books.

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Well researched Book With Tremendous Insights

The book is a must read for those willing to know the cultural and behavioral aspects of people living in the Indian Ocean rim. The inter connectivity has survived hundreds of year and despite change of religious practices and political control, basic activities have remain unchanged.

The books show cases the reason Indians are trusted in neighboring countries. The cultural bonding and common beliefs are good for future progress. As the 21st century is termed as the Century of Asia, the co-operation mentioned in the book is being revived and will continue to do so.

The author has done a commendable research to write this book. Mentioning of climate change which was probable a reason of downfall of civilizations is noteworthy.

I wish the book has a second part to include some points such as the interest of Russian Czars in Indian Ocean, reasons of Islamization of Maldives, western parts of India,and south-east Asian countries in earlier centuries, piracy in Horn of Africa, and role of super powers in currently changing geopolitics.

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Brilliant Alternative History

Sanjeev Sanyal presents a path breaking alternative reading of Indian History in this book. However the audio is too fast, could've been slower for better listening experience.

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Interesting story telling!!

Entertaining way to learn about history.
Must read for non academic history buffs.
Looking forward to see more books from Sanjeev on audible.