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.
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.
Yes, i listen to his podcast regularly. Great interviewer.
The story of the fall of Constantinople was told very well. Moving.
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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
Every chapter takes you to a time in history that you know little to nothing about.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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