I've been interested in Mongolia, had heard the myths about Genghis Khan, and was glad to read an extended story about him. It paints him in a different light than the common attitude, and helps to explain why modern Mongolians consider him to be a national hero.
Many scenes still stick in my mind: obtaining, then losing the eagle; the early privileges, being shunned, building community and power, invading China.
He overcame so many obstacles in life to build an incredible empire and he was loyal to those he loved.
Genghis - because he was so tenacious and followed thru even on difficult decisions
I have not, but I would
No need to rename it
Showed me how gifted this man was. So much more than just a barbarian.
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.
No way to redeem it, in my eyes. Genghis has been made into a character straight out of a JRR Martin novel. Perhaps this is historically correct, perhaps not. I did not enjoy the story.
Hmm. Good question. I keep returning to Ellis Peters and Patrick Tull to soothe my soul after a listen like this.
I just enjoyed Harlan Coban's "Six Years" (despite its corny ending). Maybe I'll try another.
Actually, I appreciate the way the author generates images of the landscape of Mongolia. But I became very weary of all the violence. The author seemed to be aiming for sensationalism. I really don't like that attitude.
AS I said above, the landscape is magnificent. And I believe that the narrator gave a credible and creditable performance.
No. I am really disappointed in the parts I was able to bear hearing of this book and I would like to return it.
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.
This book was excellently written, rivalry anything written by Bernard Cornwell (know as the king of historical fiction) I really like that the author took the time to explain the discrepancies between his novel and historical fact. I also like the fact that he traveled Mongolia.
Engaging fictional narrative based on true historical facts.
Good delivery, no issues with the narrator.
After listening to the book I googled some parts of the story and was pleasantly surprised to find that this fictional historical novel closely followed actual historical events.
Listen to the whole series as this first book, as good as it is, is one of the least interesting of the series.
I am enjoying this series immensely! It is a page turner, even if you already know the facts before reading the book. I plan to read all of them.
Bought this expecting a biography, but it's actually historical fiction. It was very entertaining though and I enjoyed it a great deal. The afterword even sets the historical facts out as compared to the book, which I appreciated. well worth the cost.