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
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.
Very much enjoyed the history, brilliantly researched and retold, having spent some time in Istanbul I wish I had this knowledge then.
The reading was well executed and paced. Of course the "familiar" radio voice of the ABC.
Thank goodness for the audio version as in the written word I would have laboured through all the difficult names.
perfect balance between storytelling finesse and historical detail. a great way to pass 2 weeks of driving around tasmania.
My mum and i listened to Ghost Empire while road tripping on the school holidays (i am 12 and love history as well intrige. As we drove along the highways and the back roads of eastern Australia, we were transported back in time following the history of Constantinople through all the twists, turns and plots of the great city. It took our minds of the long drive and thorghly enjoyed it.
If you love history and the way it's echoes continue to sound out across time then this history and its marvellous reading by the author are for you. At the end of this book I felt like I had lost a friend whose company I had so very much enjoyed. Richard Fidler you are deft and poetic historian and Ghost Empire is woven like the most exquisitely detailed magic carpet ready to take any reader or listener on the ride of a lifetime through so very many lifetimes stretching over the Constantinople's rise and fall.
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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