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Ghost Empire Audiobook

Ghost Empire

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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.

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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.

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    Kristy 01/08/2017
    Kristy 01/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Engrossing"

    A brilliantly written title and performed so perfectly by the author. There is nothing better than hearing stories the way in which they were intended to be heard.

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    Brian Murphy 19/06/2017
    Brian Murphy 19/06/2017
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    "Briiliant"

    An amazing story beautifully read by the author opens up a whole new view of the Byzantine empire.

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    Kyle Linley Calgary, AB Canada 05/06/2017
    Kyle Linley Calgary, AB Canada 05/06/2017

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    "must read for history buffs"

    wonderfuly written and read. kept me interested the whole time. makes me wish I had known more about the city before I visited a few years ago but at least now I have a better appreciation for what I saw when I did go. will be reccomending!

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    Knitchic54 15/05/2017
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    "Great potted history of Bizantyne history"

    Recommend this book highly. Richard Fidler does not disappoint with his research and passion for his subjects.

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    Fjp 23/04/2017
    Fjp 23/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it."

    We travelled through Turkey for 6 weeks in May/June 2013 with our 2 boys aged 15 & 13, it is a magical place with so much history and beauty.I wish I had of had this book before we went to Turkey , to understand a more in depth history of the place.The only thing I really knew about Turkey was about Gallipoli and our Anzacs.It blew me away how rich and interesting the history of Turkey is (I did modern history in high school which I loved, but now wish I had done ancient as well) , Richard and Joe's visit had many similarities to ours and I thoroughly enjoyed the interwoven history.Richards calm tone makes it a very easy to listen to audiobook.I am going to buy the hardback copy as well just to have it in my library. This book took me back to Beautiful Turkey and back to Byzantium.

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    David Warburton Australia 22/02/2017
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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
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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
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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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  • Jonathan LacKamp
    11/06/17
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    "Interesting story by a great storyteller"

    Interesting history of Byzantium combined with a travelogue of Istanbul and Rome. The author is an excellent and captivating storyteller with a great ability to weave a complicated yet easy to follow story. His depiction of the Fourth Crusade is probably the best I've heard and truly captures pointless tragedy of the affair. He doesn't dive into as great of detail on some issues that other histories cover, namely the theological disputes, but that is probably for the better in keeping the story moving. Definitely recommend.

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  • Ann Scott Jobe
    24/03/17
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    "Great presentation"

    The journalist Fidler does a really wonderful and entertaining presentation both in content and narration. Like an excellent song sung by the songwriter, Fidler imparts emotion at the level the text demands. There may be new things for Byzantine history buffs but mostly is is enjoyable the way he put it together. Everyone who loves history whether you care for Byzantine history or not should listen. It will grab you from the start.

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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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