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Genghis Audiobook

Genghis: Birth of an Empire

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Andres David Valencia Cali 06-16-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Good FANTASY story"
    What did you like best about Genghis? What did you like least?

    Is a nice exciting story, if you like epic fantasy is a great book, I was looking for something more hystorical


    What could Conn Iggulden have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I was looking for something more accurate, Genghis was famous for his ruthlesness and the hordes are known for its savagery but in the book they act like medieval knights with strange love ideals and European standards


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

    The narrator is great as per Audible standards, great characterization, awesome ambiance


    Do you think Genghis needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Probably, it can make a great fantasy storyline, but I'm getting out here


    Any additional comments?

    Putting Genghis name in the title is what made me buy it, but this most definitely is not an accurate portrayal.

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    Susan 05-21-14
    Susan 05-21-14
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    "Didn't Want it to end..."
    If you could sum up Genghis in three words, what would they be?

    Can't do it in three words, but will say this novel is a great listen, harsh at times, yet with so much hope and grace in the most primitive times. When the family is turned out, and the treachery goes on, you can 't just stop and go to something else!


    What other book might you compare Genghis to and why?

    Clan Of The Cave Bear. Both are novels, yet show wonderful research and work to bring the listener to another time, another place. Both ring true as you listen- hard, yet honest.


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

    Very smooth reading/narration, good voices for all the characters.


    Who was the most memorable character of Genghis and why?

    Well, other than the title character, it's hard to choose which one- maybe the mother- straight forward acceptance of the hardships and living on the edge, yet strong.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't too sure about this book, but I'll listen to it again. Very good listen, well worth the credit and time.

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    Kevin Seise New Jersey 04-26-14
    Kevin Seise New Jersey 04-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Absolutely fantastic"
    Where does Genghis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was the best book I have listened to yet.


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

    I wanted to listen to it in one sitting, but it was 15 hours long.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fantastic story based on true events. The insight into Mongol life was fantastic, and it really put Ghengis in a new light.

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    Ramamurti Shankar 04-16-14

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    "So so genghis"
    Would you try another book from Conn Iggulden and/or Stefan Rudnicki?

    no


    Would you recommend Genghis to your friends? Why or why not?

    no., too slow and cliche ridden. I got too impatient waiting for action


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

    x


    Do you think Genghis needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No it does not


    Any additional comments?

    It was let down for me

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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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    Christopher HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO, United States 10-22-13
    Christopher HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2016
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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 Buffalo, NY 09-24-12
    Carl Buffalo, NY 09-24-12 Member Since 2015
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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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    CO Cyclist 04-27-12
    CO Cyclist 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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