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A Hero Born

The Definitive Edition
By: Jin Yong
Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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The epic Chinese classic and phenomenon published in the US for the first time!

Featured in iO9's 2019 Fall Preview.

A fantastical generational saga and kung fu epic, A Hero Born is the classic novel of its time, stretching from the Song Empire (China AD 1200) to the appearance of a warlord whose name will endure for eternity: Genghis Khan. Filled with an extraordinary cast of characters, A Hero Born is a tale of fantasy and wonder, love and passion, treachery and war, betrayal and brotherhood. 

And then a hero is born....

After his father, a Song patriot, was murdered, Guo Jing and his mother fled to the plains and joined Ghengis Khan and his people. Loyal, humble, and driven, he learned all he could from the warlord and his army in hopes of one day joining them in their cause. But what Guo Jing doesn’t know is that he’s destined to battle an opponent that will challenge him in every way imaginable and with a connection to his past that no one envisioned.  

With the help and guidance of his shifus, the Seven Heroes of the South, Guo Jing returns to China to face his foe and carry out his destiny. But in a land divided by treachery and war, betrayal and ambition, he’ll have to put his courage and knowledge to the test to survive.

©1957, 2018 Text copyright by Jin Yong (Louis Cha); Translation copyright Anna Holmwood (P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd.

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Fantastic!

Great narration. Brilliant! I can’t wait for the next one to come to audible. The ending was great and not at all how I was expecting it to end. I let out an exhale as soon as the appendix started. Originally published in 1957, I wish this would have been translated to English way earlier so it would have influence our literature way sooner! Can’t recommend enough for anyone who loves martial arts and good writing!