I am a voracious reader and long-time Audible member (2006). My favorite narrators are Simon Vance and Davina Porter.
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.
I made it through twenty minutes and had to give up - nothing short of an overhaul can help this horrific nightmare. Pretentious is the kindest word to use for the reader - I wanted to swim with leaches five minutes into the reading, I don't know how I made it to twenty.