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The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 1 Audiobook

The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Carole Dyer 06-19-15
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    "An epic adventure and somewhat unexpected."

    An epic adventure and somewhat unexpected. I look forward to reading and hearing more., I chose this book because Greg Bear was one of the authors and I love his writing.

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    Lawrence 05-18-15
    Lawrence 05-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not worth it"

    Huge struggle to get through this. Characters are flat, story goes no where. I wish I'd listened to the other reviewers and passed on this.

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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!

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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.

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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.


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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
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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.

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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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    Steven north hollywood, CA, United States 11-27-12
    Steven north hollywood, CA, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2004
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    "slow start to a good story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Mongoliad to be better than the print version?

    especially while driving or walking the dog!


    What other book might you compare The Mongoliad to and why?

    Lian Hearn's "Across the Nightingale Floor", or Tom Reiss's "The Black Count"


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

    easy to listen to .good character definetion,,,you forget there is narration going on and get to be absorbed by the story.


    If you could take any character from The Mongoliad out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Leeann.. is my obvious choice....but Gonsook would be very enterteining if dinner were done in the field with food gathered by us...


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    Tim United States 10-01-12
    Tim United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2011

    Do you read the book before you dislike my reviews?

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    "Tightly Written"

    Base on the first book, The Mongolid series is tightly written and I cannot wait to start the next book. One would think because of so many authors contributing in the writing process, the story would had been very frustrating and loose, but it is well written, as if all of the collaborators agreed to limit themselves and stay on the plot.

    The best way that I can describe this series is a Chinese film maker, making their debut in the States, like Ang Lee and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, or more like Yimou Zhang and Hero.

    The Mongoliad feels like an ancient Chinese' tale that have been handed down for centuries.

    The pace of the storytelling is a bit slow, but it really works. It would be interesting to have all of the authors for an interview to know who wrote which parts and how they put the project together.

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