I really, really wanted to like this book. I tried to listen to it several times and finally, after making it through the first half, simply gave up. The author obviously has a lot of respect for what Genghis Khan achieved but that -- at least in the first half -- spills over into unchecked admiration. Perhaps that is necessary to balance the accounts after centuries of bad mouthing the Mongols' conquests and campaign, but I think it goes overboard.
great audible "lecture " if you love history. Narration is perfectly performed, with a confortable voice tone. The epilogue is the only part of the book that is performed by the author and turns to be boring and too long. It would have been better to allow the narrator to read the epilogue with his trained voice. Excelent.
The epilogue is read by the author and it is boring and too long. He is a great writer, and not so good narrator.
Let's not re write history, this is a completely ridiculous liberal slant on the most prolific rapist in history. I could not even finish the book. We do not gain self improvement by looking back on history with our more enlightened selves and trying to justify or reason away the way and change the way things were. You are supposed to learn from history... Make believe is for fiction!
You could think that genghis Khan was just a warlord. Yet, he was a great man, we owe him a lot and his story is one about love, passion, and greatness. Love this man and I loved this audiobook.
It was easily understood. Written as a story, not so much as a history book.
No, too long
Very well read by Jack Weatherford.
I don't normally read history books but almost finished with this one and it's been an amazing listen. Very interesting story and makes you realize why many things in the modern world are the way they are. It's also a part of history that you probably won't hear much about unless you go search for it yourself.
Audiobooks are great tool in dealing with my ADHD. They limit distractions while listening and I don't have to sit still. PS. I can't spell
I will admit that I couldn't finish listening to this book. It takes great skill to make Genghis Khan boring but Mr. Weatherford did. The stiff narration of Jonathan Davis perfectly complemented the writing, creating a title I couldn't even use to fall asleep. The experience was very dry and irritating, like getting sand in your eye.
I found the sections about Genghis and Kublai interesting but there were long digressions and the topic was too vast and unfocused. I didn't care for the narrator. Randomly stresses certain words, and the modulation feels choppy as if the editor pieced together sentences. I honestly couldn't wait for this book to finish, but I am very glad to have been imparted this info about Mongol history.