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Genghis: Birth of an Empire | [Conn Iggulden]

Genghis: Birth of an Empire

He was born Temujin, son of a khan, raised in a clan of hunters migrating across the steppe. Temujin's young life was shaped by a series of brutal acts: the betrayal of his father by a neighboring tribe, his family left to die on the harsh plain. But Temujin endured, and from then on, he was driven by a fury to survive in the face of death, to kill before being killed, and to conquer enemies from beyond the horizon.
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He was born Temujin, son of a khan, raised in a clan of hunters migrating across the steppe. Temujin's young life was shaped by a series of brutal acts: the betrayal of his father by a neighboring tribe, his family left to die on the harsh plain. But Temujin endured, and from then on, he was driven by a fury to survive in the face of death, to kill before being killed, and to conquer enemies from beyond the horizon. Along with his ferocious courage, it was the young warrior's ability to learn, to imagine, and to judge the hearts of others that propelled him to greater power, bending empires to his will.

©2007 Conn Iggulden; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Brilliantly imagined and addictive....Iggulden weaves a spellbinding story of an exotic and 'unforgiving land' and the enigmatic young man - charismatic, a brilliant tactician and capable 'of utter ruthlessness' - who sets out to tame it. This is historical fiction of the first order." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Laura Stafford, VA, United States 10-17-11
    Laura Stafford, VA, United States 10-17-11 Member Since 2007
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    "What a journey"

    Reading about this famous/infamous man in history was so interesting. Conn is such a great author. His Julius Ceasar series is also very good. I would recommend this and his Julius Ceasar series to anyone who loves history.

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    Meg san Francisco, CA, United States 10-30-10
    Meg san Francisco, CA, United States 10-30-10
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    "Did not work for me!"

    I tried to educate myself, but the narration way too monotone and the story told so tediously - maybe it's a guys book?

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    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 01-31-10
    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 01-31-10 Member Since 2006

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Thoroughly entertaining"

    Purchased this title on a whim and I am very glad that I did. The story kept my attention thoughout, and made a two day road trip pass by a whole lot easier. The story is fascinating and well read.

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    Ron Hunt 12-28-09
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    "Holds the Attention"

    One of those rare novels where the authors writing style seemingly flows so effortlessly that you can enjoy the store.
    Excellent book

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    Jeff Boca Raton, FL, USA 11-02-09
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    "Much better than I expexted"

    I had no idea that I was going to like this book as much as I did. I am not a history buff but the story had my attention from beginning to end. I was glad to see that there was more and I just added the other two books to my library.

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    Bret M. Dobberfuhl Austin, TX USA 04-18-12
    Bret M. Dobberfuhl Austin, TX USA 04-18-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Just kind of boring"
    What was most disappointing about Conn Iggulden’s story?

    The narrator has an excellent voice and fits the genre, but honestly the story in itself is simply not compelling. It provides neither adventure nor historical interest. Several hours of story telling led only to there being some kids who climb up a mountain during a storm to steal eagle chicks from their nest. This was as good as it got, and it wasn't particularly great. The rest was rambling character development of rather mediocre individuals.

    If you are seeking an exciting adventure story (even for children) or something of historical note, this simply won't keep your attention.


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    Anne Chicago, IL, USA 10-31-09
    Anne Chicago, IL, USA 10-31-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Read"

    My husband couldn't stop listening to this. Fascinating story based on history. He wished it hadn't ended.

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    William Forest Lake, MN, USA 07-14-08
    William Forest Lake, MN, USA 07-14-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Genghis Rules"

    What great book. The author takes us back to the early times of Genghis, and how he rose to power. He and his family were left to dies in the wilderness,but he returns to rule the world.

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    Cat63 07-21-09
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    "Good, not great"

    The story and the characters pull you in and I enjoyed it, but I could not call it great writing. A little predictable but still a fun listen.

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    Howard Atlanta, GA, USA 10-19-09
    Howard Atlanta, GA, USA 10-19-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Finction Rather than History"

    Perhaps I was insufficiently careful reading the description, but I thought I was buying a history book. Instead, it is a fictional narrative about the young Genghis Khan. Since virtually all of the detail in the story is unknowable, it is best described as historical fiction with more fiction than the usual history-based narrative. Very recent archeological discoveries give us much more information about the Great Khan than we used to have. For me, the truth is much more interesting than fantasy.

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