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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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    profcpa Los Angeles 09-14-16
    profcpa Los Angeles 09-14-16 Member Since 2013

    Mom in Calif.

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    "Changed my mind about Mongolia and Genghis Kahn"
    Would you listen to Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World again? Why?

    It was good but once is enough


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chingas Kahn


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

    Are you kidding its a massive 23 hours long view of history.


    Any additional comments?

    The author really changed my mind about Chingas Kahn. The west views Kahn as a violent marauder, but in reality he was a great leader who united a country. Listen to the whole story unfold in this comprehensive and fascinating story.

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    David Meyer 09-12-16
    David Meyer 09-12-16
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    "Excellent listen."

    Loved it! I would recommend it to anyone who loves history. His level of influence on our modern world was under rated to me before.

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    george 09-08-16
    george 09-08-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Great info, history you won't find in your school"

    Great info, history you won't find in your school. You must also listen to Mr. Weatherford's "The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire"

    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


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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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    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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    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?

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    Irreverent 08-01-16
    Irreverent 08-01-16
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    "Topic interesting but"

    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.

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    Tyler 07-26-16
    Tyler 07-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "First have better than the second"

    I really enjoyed listening to the author's presentation of Genghis Khan. I learned a lot I'd never known and the writing was clear. The second portion focuses on the people after the death of the great Khan and it is far less interesting and more difficult to follow.

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    Joseph McGuire California, USA 07-13-16
    Joseph McGuire California, USA 07-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Don't Love Voice Actor and Writing is Rather Dry"

    Jonathan Davis is a fine voice actor, it's just that this book is rather long and dry and he doesn't really help it.

    While this book does provide an interesting outlook on the Mongols, the writing itself is rather dry, even for a history book. Don't expect a balanced account of the Mongol's history either, the author very much is very much on one side about the Mongol's and expresses it through this book. As well as attempting to explain or justify the massacres and brutality of the Mongol's.

    It's a dry book, with a a rather dry narrator, but an interesting book nonetheless. Overall it's not the most interesting history I've ever read/listened to, but good for an alternative view.

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  • Simone
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    6/30/10
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    "Amazing! Wonderful! Couldn't get enough!"

    I stumbled onto this one by chance, and quickly grew to love it -- who'd ever know that much about the Mongols and how they changed the world? Years of research have gone into this book, and it shows. The 'Secret History', an original Mongol document about Gengis Khan's life, only became available for researchers quite recently, so there is now a wealth of brand new information. Many surprises, many really astonishing facts are waiting for the listener! The prose is at the right pace, not patronizing, not too scientific. One can also feel how much the author simply loves Mongolia... Good reader too. I simply couldn't get enough and was thirsting for more when it was over. I am now going to read his other books...

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Philip Heydebreck
    1/25/15
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    "Liked it so much I didn't want it to end"
    Would you listen to Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World again? Why?

    I actually already did start to listen to it again. This book is so packed full of interesting stories and information, I found it hard to retain them all from one listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World?

    I never thought a history book would keep me so entertained and interested. This one certainely did, the story of Gengis Kahn and his sucessors is told so well it almost reads like a novel. I loved the way this book changed my understanding of world history, illustrating the impact of the mongol empire on the world.


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

    Despite being packed with historical information, place names, dates and significant people, this book does not read like a history book at all. The story flows incredibly well and keeps you coming back for more. The reader has a voice that is very nice to listen to, becomes noticable when the reader changes for the afteroword.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wouldn't say "moved" but I did get excited about this book and recommended it to friends and family.


    Any additional comments?

    The ultimate measure of a non-fiction book must be if it changes the way you think and see the world. This one absolutely changed my understanding of history.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Scythian
    11/24/15
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    "A book that fully illustrates the power of history"

    This is fascinating interpretation of the history of the Mongol empire and it's Khans, particularly Genghis Khan and their influence, direct or otherwise, to the modern world, and long overdue recognition of its contribution to the modern western world.
    This, to me, illustrates the importance of history, and how from it we learn to understand more of what we have now, and could have in the future. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this, and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in seeing the world from a different perspective.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/7/16
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    "The best book I may have ever read."

    Jack Weatherford actually makes you feel like you are there, unseen as you witness history unfold. I didn't know we owe so much of our modern culture and way of thinking to the Mongals. Such a terrific story. I'm quite sad now that I've finished the book.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Wras
    Kildonan
    7/21/16
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    "Serendipity is a builder of history."

    Avery interesting book with many interesting facts, and ideas, at the very end it showed the author a little too enamored with the nationalistic ideas of a mongolian empire, but it is explainable as a found respect for a people that have been maligned by history and politicians to a point that is quite surprising but understandable in a world where nationalism is the norm and for the most part the imparter of truth for the masses. This book ask us to wake up and burst the bubble of our culture, join the multiverse, the rich tapestry of human history.

    A story that adds to what is generally known and changes what is accepted by giving a new perspective.
    We learn history in sectional bits, and always as presented by the nation and culture we belong to, so as we read and learn we segment sets of ideas and ideologies of a time and place as unique examples, especially if we do not read a lot or let others explain history with a decided coloration of their point of view, this is why it is important to explore different angles of a period to get a glimpse of past that is less colored by the ideas of one person, past periods or the period you live in; morals and beliefs are not permanent or historically kind to the truth, they are tinted lenses that hide facts to promote their point, because we all live in a reality and culture that it is constantly trying to submerge us in its momentary truth.

    Many people have become absolute history masochist and blame all wrongs in the world to our western culture as if all other cultures had no consequence except as victims of our history; in reality we are but a small part of human history and our place in that history is not assured or permanent. We learn more of our history because that is the natural way to connect us to our culture, customs and laws, and because we are a culture that examines and is self critically we tend to amplify our importance and guilt, as this book will plainly demonstrate. With lessons in what an amazing people achieved with limited technology, and how time and politics have distorted their culture and history to a point of near oblivion.
    Some of their developments are still with us but silenced by time and the negation of their importance by other cultures and political interest, like the interest of the soviet union and now russia a power that has no scruples in protecting and creating a narrative convenient to its needs, by suppressing the history of the Mongols to this day, or china that has similar interest politically and historically. Also the very success of the this people of the plains still instigates a bit of fear. They subjugated Muslims, christians, buddhist, and animist while expanding in all directions, their methods of war are still relevant, and so should it be with their intense promotion of commerce among different peoples and cultures.

    Genghis Khan was but a beginning for a Mongol expansion that lasted through generations with all the ups and downs of human made plans, but maintaining enough momentum to rule a great chunk of the world.

    A non apologetic look at an empire that changed the world and is still influencing the present.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Tristan Fisher
    1/30/16
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    "An excellent history."

    Starting and focusing on the life of Genghis Khan this book manages to give a insightful look at the rise and eventual fall of the mongol empire founded by Genghis Khan.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • David Jackson
    9/18/15
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    "simply amazing"

    I thought I knew something about the Mongol Empire. I was wrong. This book has shown me the richness of the legacy of an empire that changed the course of all of world history in infinite ways but of which my education has taught me next to nothing. I am incredibly thankful for having come across this book.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    4/27/15
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    "Good but only half of it useful"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I bought this book wanting to learn about Genghis Khan. Unfortunately only the first half of the book discusses him and the second part is about Kubel Khan and other leaders. I was disappointed the first half was not longer as this is what I wanted to read about. I feel this is not made clear in the book description.


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Y. Syed
    Somewhere in Internet Land
    6/8/15
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    "An excellent and honest account"

    Learned a great deal from this.
    So much about this period was completely unknown to me; it is great to fill in a few of the gaps.
    My views on both Genghis Khan and the Mongols has changed, greatly.
    Looking forward to reading more around this subject.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mukesh
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    6/5/15
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    "Great book"

    I really did not know much about Genghis Khan and this book was brilliant in teaching me something. The narrator was so impressive. It is one of the best books that I have listened to.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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