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A #1 New York Times best-selling author, Conn Iggulden has garnered both critical and popular acclaim for his compelling novels about Genghis Khan. Iggulden’s riveting Empire of Silver—the fourth in his Khan dynasty series—highlights the incredible story of Ogedai, son of Genghis Khan.

©2010 Conn Iggulden (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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We Have Had Too Many Years Of Peace

HE HATED THE LABYRINTH OF POLITICS THAT HAD ROSE UP SINCE GENGHIS' DEATH.
This is the fourth book and I suppose it could be stand alone, but it would much better if you started at Birth of An Empire. The first five chapters of this was really difficult for me, as they threw so many names at me so fast. All the names are of course foreign, and it took me a while to sort out who was who. (and I read the first three books) This book also has a lot more politics in it and less action. The book is kind of spotty until Part 3 and chapter 26. Then the action really heats up and like the previous books it is really good. Don't miss the last nine chapters.

FOR A PEOPLE TO BE AT PEACE THEY HAVE TO HAVE A FOOT AGAINST THEIR NECKS.
With Genghis dead, the new Khan builds a city. Genghis had tried to tell them that sitting in one place would make them soft and he was right. Still it amazes me how a certain race of people can kill other people and enjoy it. These Mongols were really no better then animals. Which makes for great reading. Of the five books of Conn's that I have read this is my least favorite and the first I did not give five stars too. Still it was a good book and I am glad I got it. I am looking forward to the next one. I also hope Conn does not finish the Chinese history with the next book, as we should be entering the Romance of The Three Kingdoms era. Which should be an exciting time filled with great generals, lots of warring and back stabbing. A book on Cao Cao would be great.

MY WORD IS IRON

Richard Ferrone is the voice. He makes this series come alive. He is the characters.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Great Next Chapter

Although this is the fourth book in the series of Genghis Khan this book could actually stand alone because this is the next generation afte Ghengis has died. On the other hand if you did hear this book as the first book then you'd most likely want to go through the first three books to get the full rich story of the rise of the Khan empire.

The author starts with the actual history, but then creates a fiction to fill in the blanks. As you listen to the books you get a feeling that you understand the way certain warriors thought. You develope an understanding of how the society functioned, and how certain individuals either excelled or were basically expendable. It's a harsh life with hard decisions on a daily basis, but that was what made them so damn tough.

I really like all four books and I'm pretty sure the story will continue with another book in a year or so...

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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No letdown to the great Conquerer series

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.

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Not My Favorite But Still Good

This series fascinates me and I am collecting all of them. However, this was my least favorite, but all in all, I was satisfied. I am looking forward to the next one.

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Good, but different from the previous books.

Although I greatly enjoyed this book, it had a very different feel from the first 3 books. this book had more to do with politics, intrigue, and skullduggery than anything else. It continued on where the previous book left off and was very enjoyable, but there was a lot less action (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). This felt more like a drama maybe? Anyway, I've read the first 3 books twice now. This was my first time reading the 4th book. I'm not sure if I'll read it again, although I will definitely revisit the first 3 books again in the future. Now in to book 5!

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Love the continuation after Genghis

The story gets even better as the Mongols sack Russia and Europe. The intrigue at home makes for a great story-line as the sons and grandsons of Genghis take power.

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  • 04-18-17

Enjoyable listen

Enjoyable book and good continuation of the series. Europeans need to watch out for the Khan's horde.

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It was good but tough

Tough book to read only because of all the good byes to great characters. It strayed a little from history but in the context of the series it was a really great listen.

The narrator did a much better job with this one. I look forward to finishing the series out.

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Killer series

Where does Khan: Empire of Silver rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 3 series

What did you like best about this story?

The action, fighting and historical accuracy

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

I don't think so, but he really did an amazing job

If you could take any character from Khan: Empire of Silver out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Hmm... I'm not sure I would, I might not make it home alive

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Ogedai Khan

Any additional comments?

Ogedai Khan is my favorite character in this series and I was thrilled to read this book which encompassed the full length and breathe of the Mongol Empire at that point. Neither man or woman will be bored with anything that Conn Iggulden has written.