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The novels of Conn Iggulden bring the past to thrilling life, from ancient Rome to 13th-century Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Now he delivers the spectacular story of the rise of Genghis Khan’s grandson, a man destined to become one of the most remarkable rulers who ever lived - the legendary Kublai Khan.

©2011 Conn Iggulden (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • David
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 06-13-14

Some of the blush is off the rose

I loved the early books in this series, but I am slightly disappointed with this one.

Iggulden is a superb storyteller, no less here than in the previous Mongol works. He never allows my interest to flag; he creates complex and fascinating characters and is able to engage us emotionally; he writes battlefield descriptions to a fair-thee-well and builds suspense with remarkable skill. Plus, he is writing about some of the most amazing personalities in all of human history.

Unfortunately, while the author made a real effort to stay close to the historical narrative in the first few books and was in the habit of setting the record straight in an informative "Afterword" about instances where he had strayed or invented extensively, this time his story often bears only a passing resemblance to the facts, and he never acknowledges the discrepancies. Interestingly, there were a few times in the narrative where I had a little trouble believing the story or where it got particularly thin. Checking the history subsequently, I found some congruence between these weak points and the major departures from the factual record.

Nonetheless, I enjoyed the book a great deal, and Richard Ferrone does a terrific job with the narration. If you approach the story as fiction with some familiar names, you will probably have a fine time listening.

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Great Finish to the Khan Historical Fiction Series

This was a great story of shifting power within the Mongol nation. It was very interesting to hear this story because it brought up several Khans that I wasn’t aware of. I enjoyed the story of Kublai. I liked the way he conquered without leaving total destruction in his wake. I also enjoyed not actually knowing what the outcome of the war with his brother would be. I was very tempted to go look it up in the history books, but that would be like peeking at the end of the story.

Since I am not a history buff, but I know enough to get by, I knew that Kublai was going to become Khan. How did he get there, well that is something that my limited knowledge didn’t know. Well now I have a better idea. That’s one of the great things that I love about historical fiction. When I was in school, history class dragged on and on and on and on. If only I had a few good historical fiction books back then, I would have been a straight ‘A’ student!

These stories of Genghis Khan and his descendants are really great. I don’t know which parts are historical facts and which are historical fiction, but I will always remember this version. I know there is no way for Conn Iggledun to be privy to all the secret discussions etc., but they are so finely woven into the story that it just seems like they belong there. It is so well written that I find myself just wanting to accept the whole thing as truth even though I know otherwise. LoL

I highly recommend this whole series to anyone that wants to know more about the rise of the Mongol nation. Also there is a lot of interesting facts about their specific breed of horses, their lifestyle while out on campaign and the warfare they used to gain the nation.

The Narration Review

This audiobook was narrated by Richard Ferrone and I have grown so used to hearing his narration that I will not be able to think of this series without him. I don’t know if his pronunciation of the names is the correct pronunciation, but it is the way I will forever pronounce them. He has the perfect voice for this set of historical fiction books and he makes the whole series seem so believable, just like he was there. Awesome.

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Please let there be more

I really can't rate each book of this series seperately because really all six books make up a single story, and the story is great. All stories ebb and flow and some of the books are a little better than the others, but all in all the six books make up one five star story. Think about it. A bunch of nomadic goat herders decide to conquer the world and nearly succeed. This is one of the greatest stories of history and Iggeldon's fictionalized recounting is masterful.
So far this is the final book of the series, but the story isn't quite over. Will there be a book seven? I for one certainly hope so.

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Back to its roots!

The previous novel was more political and less action as compared to the first 3 novels. This 5th and final installments gets back to its roots and is very action packed. However, it does include some behind the scenes political intrigue, which I found to be quite interesting. Definitely a healthy blend of both action and politics. I'm sad to see the series end, but I'm happy knowing that I'll get to start it all over again some day! Narrator Richard Ferrone did an excellent job. Highly recommend!

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Ghengis Khan

I read all of the books by this author on ghengis khan. So I knew the audible would be awesome, I’m not sure if I just like Ghengis Khan or the story or both. No one could have told the story better than Conn iggulden . He is a master storyteller.

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Great ending

Answered all the remaining questions nicely and the narration was on point as it was throughout the series!

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Conqueror

This is my first complete book on any khan topic. I feel so fortunate having this book read to me using audiobook. I couldn't let it rest instead I played it every chance I could to listen to it. Kublai has always been a familiar name to me. It is now ingrained so much more deeply. Such an honorable khanate that should have every human today learn that the greatest achievement is to take without taking instead having it given.

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Dorset

Loved the book and the narration. At the end of Conn Iggulden's books there is usually an historical note chapter explaining his translation of the facts. On this recording it was missing. I would like this to be included in the recordings in future if the book has one.

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The best of the Kahn series!

Althuugh they have all been good, there were times when the earlier books dragged a bit. Kublai was fascinating throughout. It was like a reward for getting through the earlier Kahn histories. Great read.

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Great historical action series

What made the experience of listening to Conqueror the most enjoyable?

The story and narration

What other book might you compare Conqueror to and why?

I like all the books in this series as well as the emperor series by the same author

Have you listened to any of Richard Ferrone’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, he does very well

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

yes