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The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 1 | [Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, E. D. deBirmingham, Erik Bear, Joseph Brassey, Cooper Moo]

The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 1

In the late nineteenth century a mysterious group of English martial arts aficionados provided Sir Richard F. Burton, well-known expert on exotic languages and historical swordsmanship, a collection of long-lost manuscripts to translate. Burton’s work was subsequently misplaced, only to be discovered by a team of amateur archaeologists in the ruins of a mansion in Treiste. From Burton's translations and the original source material, the epic tale of The Mongoliad was recreated.
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In the late 19th century, a mysterious group of English martial arts aficionados provided Sir Richard F. Burton, well-known expert on exotic languages and historical swordsmanship, a collection of long-lost manuscripts to translate. Burton’s work was subsequently misplaced, only to be discovered by a team of amateur archaeologists in the ruins of a mansion in Treiste.

From Burton's translations and the original source material, the epic tale of The Mongoliad was recreated. The story chronicles the journey of a small band of warriors and mystics as they fight to save Europe from the Mongol invasion of the thirteenth century. It also exposes the secret workings of powerful clandestine societies that have been driving world events for millennia.

This fascinating and enthralling first novel in The Mongoliad trilogy fuses historical events with a gripping fictional narrative. Co-written by Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, E. D. deBirmingham, Mark Teppo, Joseph Brassey, Erik Bear, and Cooper Moo, The Mongoliad: Book One is an unforgettable epic.

©2012 Greg Bear, Neal Stephenson, E. D. deBirmingham, Mark Teppo, Joseph Brassey, Erik Bear, and Cooper Moo (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Joe Sunnyvale, CA, United States 05-23-12
    Joe Sunnyvale, CA, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Should not have been released yet"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or Luke Daniels?

    maybe, once they finish the story.


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book just stops abruptly and tells us that it is the end of Book 1.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The tale might be worth a listen. It seems to be a good start. But this is not a complete "Book".


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Massachusetts 04-28-12
    Carol Massachusetts 04-28-12

    Good writing has ... a balance and a rhythm. You can feel that much better when it's read aloud. --Laura Hillenbrand, author of Unbroken

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    "A Find!"


    ???The Mongoliad??? came as a surprise to me. Originating as a ???cloud??? collaboration from a team of noted authors, this alternate history saga of ???The Foreworld??? has apparently been going on in multimedia format for a while (see the mongoliad website). But this book, the first of a trilogy (a trilogy that is apparently already close to complete, which is always a good thing), stands alone as a novel. Describing the newly published book in an Amazon interview, coauthor Mark Teppo says that ???the three volumes of The Mongoliad have been polished, re-structured, and re-edited into the definitive edition of the narrative ??? [that] is the authors' preferred text. ??? We're old school that way. It's done when you put it on the shelf.??? Good news for readers everywhere!

    The prose style of this adventure epic combines history-based fiction with the world-building of fantasy and science fiction, with the wordsmithing genius of Neal Stephenson definitely an influence. The first couple of chapters were a little muddled, but once I got the sense and rhythm of the story, the many characters and their strange names fell into place and it became amazingly easy to follow. Feeling the lack of maps, I confess I scanned the Wikipedia entries on the ???Mongol invasion of Europe??? and ???Mongolian Empire??? to gain some context, and found them useful. It???s a fascinating and fast-moving tale, if gruesome and full of cruelty. The Mongols were not kind to the people they conquered or to the cities they overran, usually wiping out both with chilling completeness. They left few survivors in their wake, and the fact that western and Mediterranean Europe (including France, Spain, Italy, the Low Countries and even the British Isles) were spared their onslaught is, I suspect, going to be a big piece of the mosaic this trilogy will create.

    Regarding the narration, as I think most people who have listened to the ???Iron Druid??? books will agree, Luke Daniels can read to me anytime.





    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    J. Clapp 04-07-15
    J. Clapp 04-07-15

    Heavy Listener wtih a mutlitude of interests. Enjoys Sci-Fi, Science/Tech, Fiction, Christian, and Historical books.

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    Enjoyed the story and the narration was excellent! I always enjoy Luke Daniels' work and intricacies to make the story and characters come to life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 01-14-15
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 01-14-15 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    "Unfulfilling"
    Any additional comments?

    This book sounds like it will be great, and builds up quite some anticipation just because of the subject matter. However it left me very disappointed and completely unfulfilled.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Dallas, TX, USA 02-23-14
    Chris Dallas, TX, USA 02-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Gave up after 3 hours"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure. It certainly was flat.


    What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

    That I spent an audible credit on it. In the 1st 3 hours I didn't find any reference to Sir Richard Burton, one of the reason's I bought the book to begin with.


    What didn’t you like about Luke Daniels’s performance?

    Flat reading. Would have been better with an accent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Orange County, CA 02-23-14
    Amazon Customer Orange County, CA 02-23-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Good Narration, Not So Good Book"

    This book is kind of dull. I didn't know what to expect going in. Maybe magic? Maybe interesting ideas? What I didn't expect was a really abrupt ending. I know that it's part of a trilogy, but it felt like someone took one giant book and arbitrarily divided it in thirds. "Okay, this is 1/3 of the pages, let's break here." I have said many times that I hate cliffhangers. This doesn't even have one of those. UGH.

    I will be finishing the trilogy. I got the Kindle editions on a Daily Deal and the audiobooks were really cheap because I had bought the Kindle books. I'm going to try Whispersyncing the second book. Luke Daniels is one of my favorite narrators, but maybe text is a better way to consume this series. Or, maybe it just sucks.

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    Brett Belmont, NC, United States 11-15-13
    Brett Belmont, NC, United States 11-15-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow Building, but worth the wait"
    If you could sum up The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Act 1


    Any additional comments?

    I suspect that if Neil Stephenson had written this alone, this would have only been part of a single massively long book. While this tells a continuing story, don't expect much of an ending, its more of a cliff hanger to the next book. I'd advise if you read this, plan on reading the next book as well right away. For Stephenson fans, this won't be a big deal as the long long journey is the fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ron POLAND, OH, United States 10-18-13
    Ron POLAND, OH, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I like a series but this book could have done more than just paint the foundation for the rest. Felt hollow, like looking a tubes of paint and a blank canvas.


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Put more story in it.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Narrator was good.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


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    Fawni 02-25-13
    Fawni 02-25-13
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    "Absolutely Fantastic"

    What a brilliant, engaging story! Such an involved, intricate plot and the characters are just fabulous. I bought the next book as soon as I finished this one and pre-ordered the third straight after that. Just a fantastic book, I can't wait for the third!

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    Amazon Customer PHOENIX, Arizona, United States 12-13-12
    Amazon Customer PHOENIX, Arizona, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Wrong genre."

    This is not literature, this is a supplemental reading to a computer game. On a brighter side, there are 'binders' and they are 'full of women.'

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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