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Summary

The award-winning TV adventurer and travel writer's enthralling account of his 5,000-mile expedition around the Arabian Peninsula, from Iraq to Lebanon.  

Following in the footsteps of great explorers such as Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, Arabia is Levison Wood's account of his most complex expedition yet: circumnavigating the Arabian Peninsula. Travelling through some of the harshest and most beautiful environments on earth, he seeks to challenge our perceptions of an often misunderstood part of the world, seeing how the region has changed and examining the stories we don't often hear about in the media. 

©2018 Levison Wood (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Fascinating listen

I love listening to Lev’s adventures. It’s good to see parts of the world I know I’ll never make it to through the eyes of such a knowledgeable, eloquent and compassionate soul. Some of his experiences will make you laugh others will move you to tears. Scrapes involving all manor of dodgy characters kept me holding my breath. He must have nerves of steel. For the most part this book is very informative I have learnt more about the troubled Middle East here than in a life time of news reports and documentaries. As someone that has more than a passing interest in antiquity this book was perfect. Lev visits and describes ancient cities, monuments etc in great detail. Looking forward to the his next trip.

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Don’t believe all your read

This book is for anyone who has an interest in the Middle East, the real Middle East, and not necessarily everything you might hear, see or read.

I work in Jordan and recognise so much of the what Levison talks about, he has hit the nail on the head when describing the complexity of the region but also the simplicity of life for the average person.

This story has made me realise that being here in Jordan is such a fantastic opportunity and I have plans to visit Oman, Bethlehem and possibly Lebanon.

Well worth a listen.

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stunning kept me wanting more

loved this so much the details in this book is astonishingly brilliant the man is a genius can't wait for more

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Excellent book, the story flowed well, coherent and full of interest. Good to have the authenticity of the author reading the b

An excellent book, the story flowed well, coherent and full of interest. I am sure I will listen again. I do recommend this book to others who enjoy adventure and want to learn much about Arabia.

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seems a bit short tempered at times , and weary

enjoyed it in a few sittings and seems Levinson is bored of travelling and the characters that cone with it in war torn areas

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A book I didn’t want to finish

A real adventure where I felt I was travelling with the author. Some useful introspections but most of all, it gives the listener empathy for this mysterious and little understood region.

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Great read

I read this in the interest of learning more about Arabia. I didn’t have much knowledge on the topic prior to reading this and it was a wonderful read. The stories were told beautifully and it was very easy to put yourself there. Will definitely look out for more books by the author

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brilliant

felt like I was there myself on the expedition. very descriptive, captivating and leaving me wanting more

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Another great book by Levison. highly recommend.

Really enjoyed this trip around Arabia,
narrated by the Author was a nice touch, highly recommend.

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brilliant story but struggled a bit with naration

The story itself was brilliant, full of insights that only being on the ground in these country's brings. Levinson's unbiased explanation of the complex tapestry of the Arabian people and life should be mandatory for all those in positions of power or influence. My only struggle is with the naration. sometimes it was a bit sing songey (apologies not really sure how to put it) each sentence up and down. occasionally this become a bit jarring. however I pushed through and glad I did. please don't like that small complaint of a brilliant book put you off.

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  • 20-11-19

Amazing book

Fantastic
This is very interesting book and I would strongly recommend it to you all

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-01-19

An audio documentary

Some books are just meant to be audiobooks, and this is one of them. Listening to the book felt as though I were listening to a documentary - having the actual adventurer / author read the story made it all the more better. It’s easy to drift off and feel as though the narrator is simply sat beside you, telling you all about his travels.

The story had the perfect mix of adventure, education and personality - all seamlessly intertwined together to create a seriously compelling narrative.

Absolutely recommend this book.