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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World Audiobook

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

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Publisher's Summary

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

Vastly more progressive than his European or Asian counterparts, Genghis Khan abolished torture, granted universal religious freedom, and smashed feudal systems of aristocratic privilege. From the story of his rise through the tribal culture to the explosion of civilization that the Mongol Empire unleashed, this brilliant work of revisionist history is nothing less than the epic story of how the modern world was made.

Listen to An Interview with Author Jack Weatherford.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2005 Jack Weatherford (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"With appreciative descriptions of the sometimes tender tyrant, this chronicle supplies just enough personal and world history to satisfy any reader." (Publishers Weekly)

"There is very little time for reading in my new job. But of the few books I've read, my favourite is Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford. It's a fascinating book portraying Genghis Khan in a totally new light. It shows that he was a great secular leader, among other things." (Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India)

"Weatherford's admiration for Genghis and his firsthand knowledge of many of the sites important in Mongol history give this text an immediacy and a visual quality that are enhanced by Davis’s presentation. When the narrative begins to lag in its final hour or two as it moves farther from the twelfth century, Davis's crisp pace maintains the listener’s interest to the end. An informative and provocative work of popular history." (AudioFile)

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    Molly 03-22-11
    Molly 03-22-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating history but too biased"

    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.

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    JOSEPH 08-24-16
    JOSEPH 08-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredibly engaging book!!!"

    This book was so insightful. I had no idea the overall impact Genghis Khan had one our modern day society. He laid the ground work for so much. Brilliant tactician, but also incredible at laying framework for a governing body. Way ahead of his time! A really delightful book to listen to! Highly recommend.

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    Kathia México 08-19-16
    Kathia México 08-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What about Jonathan Davis and Jack Weatherford ’s performance did you like?

    Simply perfect.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The epilogue is read by the author and it is boring and too long. He is a great writer, and not so good narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Foresthill, CA 08-19-16
    Amazon Customer Foresthill, CA 08-19-16 Member Since 2014

    cheekarae

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    "Genghis Khan as a warm loving leader???"
    Would you try another book from Jack Weatherford and/or Jonathan Davis and Jack Weatherford ?

    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!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jack Weatherford again?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    saweder 08-11-16
    saweder 08-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great audiobook about a must read story"
    What made the experience of listening to Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World the most enjoyable?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Duce 08-09-16
    Dennis Duce 08-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    I love Biographies...but this has become a favorite! I learned so much about Genghis Kahn

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    Rex 08-08-16
    Rex 08-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Easy to learn from the reading"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World to be better than the print version?

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    What did you like best about this story?

    It was easily understood. Written as a story, not so much as a history book.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis and Jack Weatherford – was your favorite?

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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, too long


    Any additional comments?

    Very well read by Jack Weatherford.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marc 08-08-16
    Marc 08-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A lot of details but interesting read"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Upper Tantallon, NS, Canada 08-07-16
    Dave Upper Tantallon, NS, Canada 08-07-16 Member Since 2013

    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

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    "Drink Plenty of Fuilds"

    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.

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    Kindle Customer 08-04-16

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    "incredible"

    as history books go, jack did a stellar job. the narrator brought it alive. why is the last chapter a synopsis?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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