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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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    Ed Indianapolis, IN, United States 03-11-12
    Ed Indianapolis, IN, United States 03-11-12 Member Since 2014

    I drive over 30,000 miles every year, and books from Audible make the drive time a wonderful experience. History, fiction, mystery, etc.

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    "Compelling story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Strongly recommend


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author put flesh and bone on a massively important historical figure. He writes a compelling story.


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

    His narrative is alive, compassionate and easy to listen to.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Well written, well read - great story.

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    Bookoholics Anon 03-03-12 Listener Since 2009

    No Pink Ponies

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    "Surprised me! What a tale of almost mythical days"

    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.

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    MALT LITTLETON, CO, United States 03-03-12
    MALT LITTLETON, CO, United States 03-03-12
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    "A Story To Stay With You"
    What did you love best about Genghis?

    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.


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    Dan LANSING, MI, United States 02-16-12
    Dan LANSING, MI, United States 02-16-12
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    "Very entertainig!"
    Where does Genghis rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very close to the top.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Genghis?

    When the son reclaims his wolves.


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

    asland? the swords smith


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    i will be listening to more of these books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maimonides 02-14-12
    Maimonides 02-14-12
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    "Stefan Rudnicki was perfect in book 1. Why??!"
    Would you try another book from Conn Iggulden and/or Stefan Rudnicki?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Genghis?

    At the very beginning when Yesugei faced the Tartars. Barbarous, brutal, and almost sterile in the logic that guides his judgment.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stefan Rudnicki’s performances?

    Absolutely, if it isn't Science Fiction.


    What character would you cut from Genghis?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Who selects the narrators? This is

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    Elaine 01-22-12
    Elaine 01-22-12

    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.

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    "Not True"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 10-17-11
    Laura 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
    Ron Hunt 12-28-09 Member Since 2015
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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

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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