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Genghis Audiobook

Genghis: Birth of an Empire

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Publisher's Summary

He was born Temujin, son of a khan, raised in a clan of hunters migrating across the steppe. Temujin's young life was shaped by a series of brutal acts: the betrayal of his father by a neighboring tribe, his family left to die on the harsh plain. But Temujin endured, and from then on, he was driven by a fury to survive in the face of death, to kill before being killed, and to conquer enemies from beyond the horizon. Along with his ferocious courage, it was the young warrior's ability to learn, to imagine, and to judge the hearts of others that propelled him to greater power, bending empires to his will.

©2007 Conn Iggulden; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Alvin L. Clark CLEARWATER, FL, US 11-14-15
    Alvin L. Clark CLEARWATER, FL, US 11-14-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Phenomenal"

    Phenomenal story, Phenomenal reading performance. I'm on to the next story in the series.....can't wait!

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    Jonathan B. Hoyne rochester, MN 11-02-15
    Jonathan B. Hoyne rochester, MN 11-02-15
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    "Great book. Great narrator."

    Really enjoyed the narrator. Wish he narrated all the books I want to listen to. The book is also great. Great series.

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    STEVEN 08-13-15
    STEVEN 08-13-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Killer series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's an awesome story with tons of action


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The khan


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

    He brings the book to life


    Who was the most memorable character of Genghis and why?

    I'm not sure


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    Bobby 07-01-15
    Bobby 07-01-15
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    "Great adventure. Reasonbly accurate"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this story if you like historical adventure novels. If you like ancient Rome, Vikings, etc., this could be for you. This is no love story. There are elements of love, to be sure, but this is no Jane Austen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Conn does a good job capturing the scope of the steppes, presenting the different tribes and creating a little depth to the main characters. He develops the characters you need to know to enjoy the story. The secondary characters might lack a little but you never lose track of what is going on. And keeping track of those Mongol names can be a chore. Conn stays somewhat faithful to historical fact, but he does not remain slavishly attached to the historical record, which is sketchy at best. And that is probably for the best. It's a story, after all. Just relax and enjoy it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like as Genghis begins bringing the main tribes together and getting some payback. Payback is always fun.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No laughing or crying. Genghis would not approve of that.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader's voice really draws you in. You cannot help but listen. The next two books in the series do not feature Mr. Rudnicki. I hope the series does not lack for that. You tend to get used to a voice like his and to hear a continuation of a tale such as this in a different voice may be hard to accept. We will see.

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    MyReview 04-15-15
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    "Great historic value and story - can't stop"

    Incredible depiction of characters. I love the intensity and the transitions. Will definitely listen to the trilogy!
    Bye bye bye

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    Timothy Huff 04-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Best series ever"

    I have read hundreds if not thousands of books in my 50 years. These books on Genghis are my favorite by far. The story itself is rich and eventful. The icing on the cake is that it's historical fiction and therefore based on a true story. The life of Genghis Khan is one of the most fascinating stories in history. The narration was superb and the story never left you waiting too long for the next step.

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    Melena68 04-02-15
    Melena68 04-02-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Slow at first but picks up at the end"

    I found the beginning of the book a bit tedious to get through. I understand the author wanted to give us an understanding of the way of life of the mongols and of his early life. the book really became interesting to me as he rebuilt his clan. His ideas of having one united tribe as opposed to many scattered ones competing for resources and power was ahead of his time. I also found his interaction with the Chinese fascinating. The way the Chinese manipulated the Tartars and the Mongol tribes to keep them fighting amongst themselves and away from their territories was fascinating. I look forward to the next book.

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    BookLover💚 FLORIDA 03-12-15
    BookLover💚 FLORIDA 03-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Can't wait to listen to the next in series!"

    Amazing story! Started off a tad slow for me but I loved it. Love learning about all these imp persons in history!

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    Bilco Park City, Utah 02-27-15
    Bilco Park City, Utah 02-27-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing narrative off these people and times"

    Told beautifully with gripping detail of the everyday and everyman's point of view in this historical period. Conn Iggulden is a master of the historical novel.

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    k levy 02-20-15
    k levy 02-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent historical fiction"

    Couldn't stop listening to it. addictive and informative. a must read for historical fiction buffs

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