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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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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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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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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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Disappointed

First chapters are more memoir than travel journal which was fairly disappointing. The author even speaks of building snowmen as a child.....

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fun adventure but lacks substance

fun to listen to but really lacks the depth and understanding promised, less adventurer scholar like Lawrence, or recently Tim Mackintosh Smith and more Andy McNab on a gap year. references are made to Lawrence and thessigner arguably the latter directly imitated in poor descriptions of the desert but really lacks to get to grips with the depth of historical appreciation to lightly bring to life in the way some who actually has some clue what they are talking about except a Brit who has skimmed through Wikipedia.

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Amazing

What a fantastic rollercoaster adventure. a truly enthralling tale of adventure and mental stamina to see the secrets of Arabia. Enchanting and delivered in a way you felt part of the journey. a great way to learn more about a fascinating area of the world.

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Fascinating Travelogue

This is my third book by the author and I wasn’t disappointed. It felt as if I was with Lev on his journey, and that I too was travelling through the Arabian desert. A fascinating insight into the people and places of this region.

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Disappointing

Very disappointing book to be honest, found it very dull, soulless and doesn’t capture any true essence of adventure nor the heart and spirit of true Arabia!

I found Levison very scathing of Arabs and Arabia as a whole, I’m not sure why he did this trip as he didn’t seem to enjoy it one bit
The only people he spoke highly of and admired we non Arab explorers which in a book titled Arabia seems very out of place
The journey got better towards the latter part of the book but at that point I just wanted it to finish

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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.