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  • By: Richard Fidler
  • Narrated by: Richard Fidler
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (128 ratings)

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The Book of Roads and Kingdoms

By: Richard Fidler
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When Richard Fidler came across the account of Ibn Fadlan—a tenth-century Arab diplomat who travelled all the way from Baghdad to the cold riverlands of modern-day Russia—he was struck by how modern his voice was, like that of a 21st century time-traveller dropped into a medieval wilderness. On further investigation, Fidler discovered this was just one of countless reports from Arab and Persian travellers of their adventures in medieval China, India, Africa and Byzantium. Put together, he saw these stories formed a crazy quilt picture of a lost world.

The Book of Roads and Kingdoms is the story of the medieval wanderers who travelled out to the edges of the known world during Islam's fabled Golden Age—an era when the caliphs of Baghdad presided over a dominion greater than the Roman Empire at its peak, stretching from North Africa to India. Imperial Baghdad, founded as the 'City of Peace', quickly became the biggest and richest metropolis in the world.

Winner of the Indie Book Awards Non Fiction 2023

©2022 Richard Fidler. Richard Fidler asserts his moral right to be identified as the author of this Work. First published in English by HarperCollins Publishers Australia Pty Limited in (P)2022 Bolinda Publishing. This audio version produced by arrangement with HarperCollins Publishers Australia Pty Limited
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stunning and beautiful overview of a vast empire

Beautifully written, even better spoken. This tome weaves facts and fables in a tangible and enticing collection of histories of the middle east. Not only is it an enjoyable read, but also an important one.

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Historical Fantasy

A little confusing at times with a cast of thousands. However, it gave a good insight into these faraway places, the times and the characters.

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Another Fidler great read/listen

A set of amazing stories you often don’t get to hear, woven together beautifully. Fidler as the narrator is, of course, fantastic. The only downside of audio in this instance is that the book has some maps which don’t appear in the audio version.

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Essential history masterfully captured by the author and narrator

Richard Fidler has done it again! More essential history we should all know told as only he is able. His masterful storytelling is made even more compelling by his brilliant narration, no one does it better. Treat yourself to all the Richard Fidler audiobooks. Your lives will be infinitely richer as a result.

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A joyous book

Richard is a master storyteller of fabulous history he weaves history that is easy to read and listen to and I would read all his books

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Also great for non historians

Intrigued by the sample, and long time fan of Richard Fidler on radio, I bought this on a whim. Certainly a favourite with many tales and tragedies, I'm looking forward to multiple relistens in the future.

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what a gem

absolutely loved it. Richard Fidler is a wonderful narrator and accomplished researcher, loved it from start to finish.

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Fidler Gold

Yet another book of indulgence for a history tragic like me. The intimate details of every day life in the long gone times is astonishing. Thank you Richard.

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Fascinating

Long time listener of Richard’s Conversations so already a fan of his easy listening style. I found this a fascinating story of a topic I knew very little about. Will be re listening as there are so many facts and stories within stories. If you love history, then this is an ideal book and Richard brings this to life.

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Didn’t want to miss a word!

Beautifully told history. I wish we had history books like this when I was at school.
What an epic adventure through magic lands, Thanks so much Mr Fidler.

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