I have to admit that while I knew very little about Genghis Kahn and was interested in the topic, that the overall tone of the book made me want to set it aside more than once. It was interesting and held my attention at times...at other times dull, monotonous, and droning, with too much detail in minutiae.
If you're looking for something spell binding and riveting...this isn't it.
This is definitely the best book on Genghis Khan even though it is old, it is not outdated and it gives you a complete historical picture of the time. The language is beautiful and the reader's voice reflects the spirit of the book. I am ordering another audio book of Lamb and I want to make sure it is also read by Griffin.
This is a decent listen. The narrator is a bit difficult to pay attention to and the quotes from historical records are in King James English.
I found the book very interesting. It didn't hurt that I'd seen the movie first and liked the movie. I didn't find the book tedious at all--but the narrator was terrible. I see that he's narrated many historical books on here, so he must be a big deal. However, at times his inflection did not match the meaning of the words. He seemed so into filling each sentence with Lofty Import that it interfered with getting the meaning sometimes, even when there should have been a hint of sarcasm in the text. There must be a lot of fans who like Lofty Diction well enough to put up with this narrator--I would have liked it better in a Minnie Mouse voice. At least the inflection might have fit the words better.
This was so graphic in its description of torture and other barbarities that I couldn't finish it. I know it reflects a barbarous time; I just couldn't deal with it.
Listen to a sample before you buy this one. Maybe it was the triumphalist tone ("what a great man he was"), but the biggest killer for me was the narration. It is dulling and pompous. My husband (who's not a big reader) had read the more recent biography of Genghis Kahn (also available on Audible) and really enjoyed it. I should have tried that one. I am a big listener, but I couldn't get through this one due to the narration.
I am glad I read the book because I did not know much about the subject. It was useful but not a big page turner. It was a little dry, even with the occasional ringing of gongs.
There were many reasons that I finally gave up and set this book aside. There were far too many details to follow which bogged down the actual story. It is too difficult to keep track of which clans were which and what allegiances existed and when. I fully realize that the interplay between the clans and the changes in allegiance are intended to be the essence of the story...but the way it was done here just didn't capture it.
I was also very, very annoyed at the use of 'thee' and 'thine' in the statements of allegiance that many characters made to Khan. Top that with the fact that the narrator delivered them with an English accent and the whole effect was even messier.
This might be one of those books that I just plain have to read on paper.
Perhaps I shouldn't review this book, since I haven't been able to bring myself to listen past the first quarter of the book. My husband read a biography of Genghis Khan a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. I bought this one on the strength of that memory.
However the narrator's voice sounds so pretentious I just can't get past it. It invades the content of the book, coloring it so much - well, actually, now that I am writing this, perhaps I'm blaming the narrator when it might be the book that is so pretentious.
Whether is it totally the narrator's 'fault' or the book itself, this one is a tough listen. There's got to be a better version of this story out there somewhere.