I really enjoyed the story. Book is very informative, and I learned quiet a bit about the early life of Genghis Khan. Narrator did a worthy job to the story though it took a bit to get use to his unusually heavy voice.
Story is about Khan's culture, tribe, and his relationship with his family. I was amazed at the mindset of mongols and the tactical decisions they took during battles. Book provides a good insight into mongol culture describing how decades of infighting prepared them to become such a fearsome military force.
Story is very well nit and entertaining. I plan to read the next book in series, and I recommend this book.
My husband and I loved the movie Mongol. It got us interested in learning more about Genghis Kahn's life. We both liked this book very much. The portrayal of life in Mongolia was very well done. The narrator does a good job.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
I enjoyed this book about the early years of Genghis Khan but not as much as I hoped. Maybe it was because Temujin (as he is called) was so young and it was hard for me to be interested in his early life. I think I will try another of Mr. Iggulden's books before I skip the rest of these. He does write on things I am interested in.
Stefan Rudnicki was the narrator of this book did a fine job.
The story revolves around a young Temujin, his mother and his four brothers and baby sister surviving in the wilderness after their father was murdered by rivals.
Temujin grows as a leader and by the end of the tale he is poised to unite all the tribes under one ruler. There are good fighting scenes and gruesome descriptions of rituals and healings that were par for the course in those days.
If I was to compare this book with a book by Bernard Cornwell it would not even compare. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I didn't care enough for the characters in this story to give it higher than a three.
Is a nice exciting story, if you like epic fantasy is a great book, I was looking for something more hystorical
I was looking for something more accurate, Genghis was famous for his ruthlesness and the hordes are known for its savagery but in the book they act like medieval knights with strange love ideals and European standards
The narrator is great as per Audible standards, great characterization, awesome ambiance
Probably, it can make a great fantasy storyline, but I'm getting out here
Putting Genghis name in the title is what made me buy it, but this most definitely is not an accurate portrayal.
Can't do it in three words, but will say this novel is a great listen, harsh at times, yet with so much hope and grace in the most primitive times. When the family is turned out, and the treachery goes on, you can 't just stop and go to something else!
Clan Of The Cave Bear. Both are novels, yet show wonderful research and work to bring the listener to another time, another place. Both ring true as you listen- hard, yet honest.
Very smooth reading/narration, good voices for all the characters.
Well, other than the title character, it's hard to choose which one- maybe the mother- straight forward acceptance of the hardships and living on the edge, yet strong.
I wasn't too sure about this book, but I'll listen to it again. Very good listen, well worth the credit and time.
This was the best book I have listened to yet.
I wanted to listen to it in one sitting, but it was 15 hours long.
This was a fantastic story based on true events. The insight into Mongol life was fantastic, and it really put Ghengis in a new light.
no., too slow and cliche ridden. I got too impatient waiting for action
No it does not
It was let down for me
I'm not a big history buff but the story of Genghis is both epic and exciting. I was not disappointed by this first installment of the series. The author manages to paint a life-like depiction of Temujin's home and the culture in which he was raised. I felt that I was there with him as I listened and it is interesting as an anthropological study, if nothing else.
Temujin's story is played out up to the beginnings of his empire, replete with themes of betrayal, brutality, loyalty, violence, and manipulation. Knowing little of Temujin's life coming into the book, I found the plot to be exhilarating and, frequently, disgusting with many unexpected surprises and turns of fate for the Khan. Temujin is an engaging protagonist with a strong character and a sense of morality that most civilized people will find foreign. His mental maturity is made clearly evident by the trials of his youth detailed in the book.
The narrator was fairly good. He did an acceptable job differentiating voices. There were a great many characters so some sounded the same but it was rarely confusing. He was never painful to listen to, and pronounced the foreign words and names appropriately, as far as I could tell.
If you like action, adventure, anthropology, or history you will likely enjoy this novel. I will be continuing on to the next in the series, despite misgivings about the change in narrator.
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This is a great follow-up for Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. This novel brings that great book to life. It fills in all the details in a thrilling narrative. The narrator is excellent. Highly recommended.
An interesting fable, a tale of how Genghis might have come to be. I don't know the history of this era, so I can't vouch for it's authenticity. But, I liked the story, and believed it while listening. I also wanted it to go further, and document the part of Khan's life we do know about.