Behind the Mic: On The Road to Oxiana by Robert Byron, Read by Barnaby Edwards
Jo Reed and Brian Price Discuss Perfect Listening for the Armchair Traveler in All of Us
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On today’s episode, host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Brian Price discuss what many believe to be the first example of great travel writing. Robert Byron’s account, published in 1937, details his travels across the Middle East to explore the farthest reaches of Persia and Afghanistan. British narrator Barnaby Edwards captures Byron’s historical commentary, humor, and bon vivant sensibility. Along with Byron and Edwards, we push through extreme heat, floods, and snow on foot, by horse, and by motorcar to visit the Mosque of Sheikh Lutfullah, Persepolis, and the crossroads village of Ghazni.
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