©2007 Conn Iggulden; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"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)
Great book to listen too. The narrator did a wonderful job. One of those books where you look forward to getting into the car so you can listen more.
I drive over 30,000 miles every year, and books from Audible make the drive time a wonderful experience. History, fiction, mystery, etc.
The author put flesh and bone on a massively important historical figure. He writes a compelling story.
His narrative is alive, compassionate and easy to listen to.
Well written, well read - great story.
No Pink Ponies
I thought this would be like the more historical Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, which is very good indeed. This book, however, is told as a story more than a history. The opening tale of Temujin and his brothers and the climb to the eagle's nest is astonishing and wonderful. Once you are into that scene, you are hopelessly captured by this book. Of course, Rudnicki is the perfect narrator.
The characters, the story, this was put together so well. I finished the book last week, but can't help but think back on this book. Although there were some inaccuracies in the story, the author corrects those errors in the end and acknowledges those. I loved this and will listen to this again.
Very close to the top.
When the son reclaims his wolves.
asland? the swords smith
i will be listening to more of these books.
Conn Iggulden is a fine writer who also gives an excellent on-air interview. Rudnicki could read the phone book and I would listen in rapt attention. Sadly, Rudnicki tends to read books I can't abide -- try as I might. I have purchased books in the past on the strength of him as the narrator.
At the very beginning when Yesugei faced the Tartars. Barbarous, brutal, and almost sterile in the logic that guides his judgment.
Absolutely, if it isn't Science Fiction.
Who selects the narrators? This is
I did not learn to read until I was in my twenties. Have not stopped since. The two most important things to learn are reading & chess.
I was looking forward to listening to Lggulden's book about Genghis (Chinggis) Khan and was very disappointed. I have read Jack Weatherford's book, "Genghis Khan and the making of the Modern World". I am now in the process of reading "The Secret History of the Mongols", translated by Urgunge Onon. I would advise anyone who has read Lggulden's version of Genghis's beginning listen to Weatherford's book. It is closer to the truth.
Here are just a few of the "facts" that were incorrect in Lggulden's version. Yesugei's first wife, Sochigel, and her two children, the oldest being Begter, a half brother of Temujin, were also left by the Borijin clan along with Hoeloun and her children. Seven children in all. There is nothing said in the "Secret History" or in Weatherford's about Begter stealing food from the family as in Lgguidon's book. Temujin and his brother, Khasar' ambushed Begter. They were afraid when Begter became of age he would be head of the family. Khasar shot Begter in the chest and Temujin shot him in the back.
Yesugei was not all that fond of Temujin. Yesugei once left him behind when the clan moved on. A family from another clan found him and returned him to Yesugei. According to the "Secret History" and Weatherford's book, Yesugei then took Temujin to Hoeloun's clan to find a wife at an earlier than nomal age, eight or nine. Coming home from that trip Yesugei came across the Tartar clan and was invited to join them for a feast. One of the Tartar clan recognize him as someone that had killed one of their clan eight years earlier and Yesugei was poisoned.
Lggulden's book was a interesting story but simply not true. Unfortunately it will be mistaken for history since that is the way it is presented. If there were "minus stars" available I would give the book 5 minuses.
The presentation was excellent and I give Rudnicki's five stars. I will be looking for more book's narrated by him.
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.
I tried to educate myself, but the narration way too monotone and the story told so tediously - maybe it's a guys book?
Tell us about yourself!
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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