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  • The Story of India

  • By: Michael Wood
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (250 ratings)

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The Story of India

By: Michael Wood
Narrated by: Sam Dastor
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Summary

A companion to the major six-part BBC TV series, written by Michael Wood and read by Sam Dastor.

Michael Wood weaves a spellbinding narrative out of the 10,000-year history of India. Home today to more than a fifth of the world's population, the subcontinent gave birth to the oldest and most influential civilization on Earth, to four world religions, and to the world's largest democracy. Now, as India bids to become a global giant, Michael sets out to trace the roots of India's present in the incredible riches of her past.

©2007 Michael Wood (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

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Good book, stupefying reader

This book would be as interesting as the TV series it accompanies if it weren't read by someone who sounds like an elderly teacher dragging his way wearily through course material that he's been reading out for the last 10 years to classes who'd rather be anywhere else.

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wring title

if anyone would like to listen to a collection of hindu myths, read this book.

not what i was looking for. i was hoping it would focus on the politics, landscape, recources; way of life etc. of the region.

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India, look elsewhere!

I had this as a present on CD, I have an interest in history and was looking forward to hearing "The Story of India".
I regret to say that 6 months on I only listened for half an hour, the narrators voice is boring and flat, which is a shame because I would really like to listen to the history of India. Perhaps one day someone else will record this potentially interesting saga and bring it to life, as is justly deserves.

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I wanted to learn where India came from and I did

I wanted to learn where India came from and I learned that and a lot more with it.
I also loved the reader.
Thank You

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Good one

There is definitely a great amount of research gone into this book to present India from the very early stages. Worth a read if you are interested in learning about different places or in history. This definitely worth a read if you are from Indian Subcontinent (India,Pakisthan, Srilanka & Afghanisthan). Gives a good amount f pride in the subcontinent..

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Engaging, Empowering and Epic.

A fantastic telling of the story of a great civilisation by a Westerner who has done justice to its natural complexity, generally misunderstood by the world at large.

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The Story of India

Unlike other listeners I didn't find anything wrong with the narration. The book itself is quite "difficult" and perhaps those who come to it from the TV series will be disappointed.

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Fascinating read

A great book about the history of India and a great accompaniment to a trip there. It could have been a little more clear in marking out who historical figures were and what the really big events in history were but if you listen closely you can get an interesting insight.

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Absolutely fascinating

A colourful journey through the rich tapestry of Indian history. An especially good listen for travellers wanting to deepen their knowledge about the events that shape the landscape of today.


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Fascinating historical journey through India

On the whole, I really enjoyed the content of this audio book - it was both educational and captivating. Michael Wood presents a rich, well-researched and colourful epic history of this vast country and clearly knows his subject matter.



However, I felt at times that the audio book did not make the best use of the sound medium and could have been improved in the following ways:

1. Maybe Michael could have introduced the audio book. This would have added a lot more weight and credibility to the recording.

2. In my opinion, the narrator Sam Dastor's expressive performance would have benefited from an additional Indian voice actor reading those parts of the text that required a native Indian accent.

3. With the introduction of some music clips and sound effects - maybe sourced from the excellent and celebrated BBC TV series? This would have greatly enhanced the otherwise excellent narration.

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