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1434 The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance

by | Read by Simon Vance

History • 10 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2008

The author gives ample evidence that the Chinese invented and discovered many things before the Western World did, and introduced them into Europe in the mid-fifteenth century. Much of this history deals with the complex minutia of mathematical astronomy, using terms and calculations that will leave most listeners in the dust. Narrator Simon Vance livens things up with credible accents—Italian, Latin, Chinese, and French. Otherwise reading with an upper-class British accent, he dominates the highly technical language with aplomb. The author refers listeners to his website for elaborations, a difficult feat for digital readers on the go. Even with such an outstanding narrator as Vance, this highly technical work does not work well in audio. J.A.H. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2008]



Trade Ed. • Blackstone Audiobooks • 2008

CS ISBN 9781433214639 $29.95 • Seven cassettes

CD ISBN 9781433214646 $29.95 • Eight CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources


Library Ed. • Blackstone Audiobooks • 2008

CS ISBN 978-1-4332-1461-5 $72.95 • Seven cassettes

CD ISBN 9781433214622 $90.00 • Eight CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781433214653 $29.95 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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