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Ghost Empire Audiobook

Ghost Empire

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Publisher's Summary

Ghost Empire is a rare treasure - an utterly captivating blend of the historical and the contemporary, realised by a master storyteller.

In 2014, Richard Fidler and his son Joe made a journey to Istanbul. Fired by Richard's passion for the rich history of the dazzling Byzantine Empire - centred around the legendary Constantinople - we are swept into some of the most extraordinary tales in history. The clash of civilisations, the fall of empires, the rise of Christianity, revenge, lust, murder.

Turbulent stories from the past are brought vividly to life at the same time as a father navigates the unfolding changes in his relationship with his son. Ghost Empire is a revelation: a beautifully told ode to a lost civilisation, and a warmly observed father-son adventure far from home.

©2016 Richard Fidler (P)2016 Bolinda

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    Rodney Fielding 05/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story of long decline"

    Once into this reading, I could barely stop listening. Richard Fidler has written and read superbly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan T 29/08/2016
    Dan T 29/08/2016
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    "Well put together"

    Places the listener into the perspective of the times. I found myself willing this ongoing line of Emperors to "get a clue", but the history is fixed with all the human flaws.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Warburton Australia 22/02/2017
    David Warburton Australia 22/02/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining, Informative and Gripping"

    Well done Richard.This book was written and read in a way that engaged me in the story from start to end. I really like the way you included the narrative of your son Joe and your story with him throughout the book.

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    Jill 10/01/2017
    Jill 10/01/2017
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    "Fascinating"

    This was a fascinating history beautifullly told by the author. Loved every moment of the story

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    Jennifer 02/01/2017
    Jennifer 02/01/2017
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    "excellent history"

    I have long been fascinated by the history of the Byzantine empire and the telling of its story while walking the streets of modern Istanbul brought a thoughtful relevance to the ancient stories. thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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    Pierz Newton-John 01/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Gripping"

    A fascinating and entertaining history of an overlooked and maligned empire. The chapter on the final fall of Constantinople is particularly fine.

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    Theo 15/11/2016
    Theo 15/11/2016
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    "Great storytelling, brings Byzantium alive!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved how the author constantly relates back to the experiences of current Constantinople through the visit he and his 14yr old son took to the city 2 years back.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Fidler’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes, i listen to his podcast regularly. Great interviewer.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The story of the fall of Constantinople was told very well. Moving.


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    Angela 14/11/2016
    Angela 14/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "fantastic"

    very interesting subject told in a great way. win win. would recommend if you enjoy the ins and outs of history

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    Anne 02/11/2016
    Anne 02/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant"
    If you could sum up Ghost Empire in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging Informative Surprising


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book comes alive with a narrative that recreates the ancient world. The author clearly loves history as well as doing history. And it is done well here. I learned more than I ever knew I wanted to know about this Ghost Empire


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Every chapter takes you to a time in history that you know little to nothing about.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The recounting by the author of being separated from his son in Turkey -- as that vignette sits among the historical sagas of loss and things never to be found again. Very moving


    Any additional comments?

    For me, this book sits besides Francopan's Silk Roads. Both use a style that invigorates history. Both explore ideas that are important -- especially for our understanding of civilization, human development and where we all have come from. I listened to this book on my long drives to work, and now I am bereft at the thought of what to listen to next! Thank you Mr. Fidler, please write again.

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    Attila 30/10/2016
    Attila 30/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Ok illustrated history of the Eastern Roman Empire"

    This felt like your neighbour reading you an illustrated coffee table history of the East Roman empire. Nothing profound about it and only will interest you if you enjoy general sweeps of history. Wish the author spent more time with accounts of his son and his trip to Istanbul as well as reflecting on his evolving relationship with his son. Its like the author was going to aim for something more deep but then changed his mind.

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  • Jack M.
    28/02/17
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    "loved it"

    Richard Fidler is such a compelling narrator. his enthusiasm for the story behind this fascinating place is infectious.

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  • David H.
    6/09/16
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    "Fabulous Book"

    A well written and well narrated book which brought history to life with a breath of fresh air and a father and son rite of passage. Absolutely loved it and highly recommend.

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