The one and only Conn Iggulden takes on the story of the mighty Kublai Khan. An epic tale of a great and heroic mind; his action-packed rule; and how in conquering one-fifth of the world’s inhabited land, he changed the course of history forever. A scholar who conquered an empire larger than those of Alexander or Caesar. A warrior who would rule a fifth of the world with strength and wisdom.A man who betrayed a brother to protect a nation.
From a young scholar to one of history’s most powerful warriors, Conqueror tells the story of Kublai Khan – an extraordinary man who should be remembered alongside Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte as one of the greatest conquerors the world has ever known.It should have been a golden age, with an empire to dwarf the lands won by the mighty Genghis Khan. Instead, the vast Mongol nation is slowly losing ground, swallowed whole by their most ancient enemy. A new generation has arisen, yet the long shadow of the Great Khan still hangs over them all …Kublai dreams of an empire stretching from sea to sea. But to see it built, this scholar must first learn the art of war. He must take his nation’s warriors to the ends of the known world. And when he is weary, when he is wounded, he must face his own brothers in bloody civil war.
©2011 Conn Iggulden (P)2011 HarperCollins
Another good story by Iggulden. Don't expect to be 'enlightened' but it is very entertaining. RE Grant was too present as RE Grant, in my opinion.
Yet again Conn Iggulden conjures up another fabulous historical fiction story centred around the Gengis Khan dynasty. For me this was one of those audiobooks where you don't mind getting stuck in a traffic jam, it just gives you more time to enjoy the story. I felt the narration by Richard was a little weak and didn't do the story the justice it deserved. That said would I recommend, yes.
"This is part of a series!"
WHY does it not say anywhere that this book is number five out of a series? Furthermore I can't GET the other four on Audible as unabridged. My interest in a series rather hinges on whether I can actually get the entire series and I am as a rule never interested in abridged versions. If I had known this was part of a series, I definitely wouldn't have wasted a credit on it. I would at least have started wtih book 1!
I'm entering a star rating because Audible is forcing me to. I picked three because that's average and therefore in my mind should make the smallest possible impact, when you take into account that I can't really judge a book I haven't listened to. On account of it being part five of a series where I didn't know there even were parts one to four...
I am posting because I thought maybe others who also prefer to start at the beginning might find it helpful to know that this isn't the beginning, but rather the end.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Conn Iggulden -
Brilliant writer and brilliantly narrated. You won't find a better historical novelist.
"A battle to the end"
There are only so many battles you can have in one book. After a while they almost merged with virtually no storyline in between. This may be one to try in the abridged version as it might be more enjoyable.
Yes I would, he does excellent research for his books, perhaps his editor should have been more ruthless with this one.
I wasn't very impressed with him, would try to avoid
Mr Grant reads the story really well and gets you right in the middle of it!! The story is a great ending to the series! Well done Con Iggulden!
All of it! The passion in which he read it, the voices!
If only I could - never enough hours in the day!
This is the first time that I have read a Conn Iggulden story and this is another book that I could not stop listening to - it took me very little time to get through - probably also due to the great contribution given by Richard E Grant's soft and melodical voice (so sexy!) - I am guessing, and since going through the Conn Iggulden library, that there possibly should be episodes before (and now in my wish list), but as with all brilliant authors this is a great history story about the infamous Kublai Khan. It made me catch up with real history of Mongolia, which in itself is both harsh and enchanting. This story captures the harshness of Mongolia and the ingenuity of its people, the barbarity, humanity, compassion, intelligence and insight of Kublai Khan himself. This is a MUST read brilliant story and history book. I am looking forward to catching up with more Conn Iggulden
Fantastic book really well written and read, cant think of any better way to listen to this book.
"More Heroes from the East..."
A fantastic realising of the Mongols unification under Kublai Khan.
Grim, gritty, vicious and brutal in equal measures, blood thirsty throughout, this is a rip roaring tale that takes the Empire on to the brink of its destiny.
I'm looking forward to the next part already!
it took me about 15 minutes to get used to the narrator's voice, but then I really got into this audiobook. Actually, the narration is very good and really becomes more captivating the longer you listen to it. The book itself is extremely well written. A pure joy to listen to it! I will certainly look out for more books by the same author and also the same narrator
"A great book ruined by an utterly abismal reader."
I would most definitely listen to more books by Conn Iggulden, but I would not listen to another read by this narrator if you gave it me for free.
So many characters in this book, most of them their names totally unspellable. I have no particular favourite.
He has, or used, an empty, breathy whispery voice for the general narration, and his only idea of doing voices is to alternate between a whisper so low it's almost impossible to hear what he says, to a growling roaring shout that blasts your eardrums off. Totally unsuitable to read this or any book.
No because it would be pointless to try to make one about so great a subject, involving so many characters and so much time. It would make a great TV series, but it would have to be 20 plus episodes.
All these books about Genghis and his family are utterly fabulous. If you've read the others, you need to read this. If you're interested in history and like historical fiction then definitely start with Wolf Of The Plains, I'm pretty sure that's the first book in this series. I will however be unable to finish this book until I find it read by a better reader.
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