©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)
This is one of the best audio books I have listened to. Great narration. Fascinating story.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
I would recommend this read for history buffs. The book brings to life a period of time in Eastern history.
The will to live after being dumped in a harsh and deserted land.
Stefan Rudnichi bring additional life to the book.
Brothers killing brother for survival.
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 am an Audible listener since 2002. I travel over 30,000 miles each year serving as a Microsoft Market Manager. The miles fly by!!!
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.
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