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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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    Alex Olympia, Washington, United States 04-03-14
    Alex Olympia, Washington, United States 04-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A Riveting Adventure"

    I'm not a big history buff but the story of Genghis is both epic and exciting. I was not disappointed by this first installment of the series. The author manages to paint a life-like depiction of Temujin's home and the culture in which he was raised. I felt that I was there with him as I listened and it is interesting as an anthropological study, if nothing else.

    Temujin's story is played out up to the beginnings of his empire, replete with themes of betrayal, brutality, loyalty, violence, and manipulation. Knowing little of Temujin's life coming into the book, I found the plot to be exhilarating and, frequently, disgusting with many unexpected surprises and turns of fate for the Khan. Temujin is an engaging protagonist with a strong character and a sense of morality that most civilized people will find foreign. His mental maturity is made clearly evident by the trials of his youth detailed in the book.

    The narrator was fairly good. He did an acceptable job differentiating voices. There were a great many characters so some sounded the same but it was rarely confusing. He was never painful to listen to, and pronounced the foreign words and names appropriately, as far as I could tell.

    If you like action, adventure, anthropology, or history you will likely enjoy this novel. I will be continuing on to the next in the series, despite misgivings about the change in narrator.

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    missgrundy San Francisco, CA 03-22-14
    missgrundy San Francisco, CA 03-22-14 Member Since 2010

    Fine art photographer, retired English professor, dog mom to an adorable Maltese mix, long-time Californian, genealogist, what else?

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    "More about Genghis --"

    This is a great follow-up for Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. This novel brings that great book to life. It fills in all the details in a thrilling narrative. The narrator is excellent. Highly recommended.

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    Barbara CENTREVILLE, VA, United States 02-17-14
    Barbara CENTREVILLE, VA, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Interesting Story"

    An interesting fable, a tale of how Genghis might have come to be. I don't know the history of this era, so I can't vouch for it's authenticity. But, I liked the story, and believed it while listening. I also wanted it to go further, and document the part of Khan's life we do know about.

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    Christopher HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO, United States 10-22-13
    Christopher HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is one of the best audio books I have listened to. Great narration. Fascinating story.


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    Carl HUNTINGTON, WV, United States 09-24-12
    Carl HUNTINGTON, WV, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Genius' come from an intense beginning"

    Genre: fictional biography

    Rated: PG-13 violence, sexual themes, hopeless situations

    1st or 3rd Person: 3rd person follows Temujin throughout the whole book who later becomes Genghis Khan

    Static or Dynamic: Periods of staticness, the story definitely moves but they are predominantly large chunks of a few settings respectively. It's a story that your grandfather might have told you on a long car trip.

    Art or Entertainment: neither, this was meant to be a fictional retelling of a story that actually happened. It was inspiring to listen to. It's an atypical adventure story if you want to classify it.

    Linear or Non-Linear: linear; it's a biography

    Narrator: that guy's voice is DEEEEEEEEP. it fit perfectly thought. His rugged voice fit the physically impoverished and naturalist setting of the story.

    Plot Outline: Temujin is a boy who will one day become the great Genghis Khan. He suffers tremendously throughout his childhood and early adulthood which toughens him up to be the bamf he later becomes in life. The book wasn't especially fast paced but it didn't have to be. The author appears to stay true to the events as they happened and leaves in some of the dull moments which, if appreciated as a whole, are great at filling out the atmosphere of what tribal Mongolia was like. The story goes through the turmoil of his family being broken, his entry into manhood and his eventual campaign to unite Mongolia under a single banner. It's a great look at how life used to be and an exploration into where greatness comes from.

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    Warnie Plano, TX, United States 07-18-12
    Warnie Plano, TX, United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Sucked in Fast!"

    Enjoyed this way more than I expected to--it sucked me in pretty much right from the start and I listened to the entire thing in like, four days. I don't know that I've ever really thought of Genghis Khan as a particularly sympathetic character (until now, I've mainly associated him with extreme violence and a ridiculously large harem), but Iggulden sure managed to make me root for him in this book. I'm not sure I'm interested in continuing the series, but this story about his early life was definitely worth a read.

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    Neil 04-27-12
    Neil 04-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story, well told"

    I really liked this story. I'm a lover of historical fiction, and love it when I can get some history in the form of a good story. Highly recommended for teenage boys as well.

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    PieInTheSkie 04-16-12 Member Since 2013
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    "not normally the kind of book i listen to, but WOW"

    i found this book to be riveting. i am a sci-fi listener and I am back at audible to buy the second book. historical fiction about a character in history I knew very little about - but loved every second

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    Kenneth Cary, NC, United States 03-25-12
    Kenneth Cary, NC, United States 03-25-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Fascinating Story"

    This was a great story based on this author's interpretation of the historical facts. Since there is very little written history from this time period, I feel that Iggulden did a great job piecing together what was known and wrapping it up into a fairly plausible and entertaining tale. I rather enjoyed it.

    The narrator, however, spoke so slowly I actually listened to this whole thing at double speed and it was still completely understandable. He was fairly monotone to boot. Overall not a bad book but not my favorite.

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    James Sargent, TX, United States 03-12-12
    James Sargent, TX, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A great read for Eastern History buffs"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this read for history buffs. The book brings to life a period of time in Eastern history.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Genghis?

    The will to live after being dumped in a harsh and deserted land.


    What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Stefan Rudnichi bring additional life to the book.


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

    Brothers killing brother for survival.


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