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  • The Silk Roads

  • A New History of the World
  • By: Peter Frankopan
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,340

The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westward on its axis, it now turns to the east.... For centuries, fame and fortune were to be found in the West - in the New World of the Americas. Today it is the East that calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from Eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia, deep into China and India, is taking center stage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor reading.

  • By Paul on 29-08-17

A Must Read for people interested in modern global politics.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-02-16

What a wonderful comprehensive portrait of the Middle East through the centuries! So much becomes clear when you consider the history in terms of "big picture" interpretation. This book will appeal to scholars and lay people alike. Excellent read.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Standing in Another Man's Grave

  • A Rebus Novel
  • By: Ian Rankin
  • Narrated by: James Macpherson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528

Its 25 years since John Rebus appeared on the scene, and 5 years since he retired. But 2012 sees his return in Standing in Another Man’s Grave. Not only is Rebus as stubborn and anarchic as ever, but he finds himself in trouble with Rankin's latest creation, Malcolm Fox of Edinburgh's internal affairs unit. Added to which, Rebus may be about to derail the career of his ex-colleague Siobhan Clarke, while himself being permanently derailed by mob boss and old adversary Big Ger Cafferty. But all Rebus wants to do is discover the truth about a series of seemingly unconnected disappearances....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Yawn yawn

  • By Mrs on 20-11-12

Gripping, entertaining and just all around an excellent read.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-16

JR's fatalistic attitude to life, his cynicism, sarcasm and general sense of resignation and disillusion give his character a refreshingly honest quality... The characterization generally is good, the plot is strong and consistent, the style is entertaining. Good escapist fiction, and like all good escapist fiction the story points out the dark irony of real life.