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In 1167, in the harsh homeland of Mongol tribes, a child was born who was to change the course of human history. His father named him Temujin, but the world knows him as Genghis Khan. Ruler of the Sky brings to life a time of often unendurable hardship and epic grandeur. From the windswept plains of Mongolia to the opulence and sophistication of the Chinese court, this is an unforgettable story. Set amid the barbaric splendor of the Mongol hordes, Ruler of the Sky tells how a twelfth-century warrior forged one of the greatest and most terrifying armies the world had ever seen, and conquered the world from Peking to Persia. Not only is this the story of Genghis Khan, but it is the story of those who were closest to him, particularly the women who played such an important role in his life.

©1996 Pamela Sargent (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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A thorough overview of the life of Ghengas Khan and those close to him, often including explicit violence and sexual content. As historically accurate and credible as any work so extensive and detailed about such political events a millennium ago could possibly be expected to be.

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Genghis Khan, from the POV of his Women

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This is an interesting approach to the subject of the Mongol conquerer, Temujin, better known as Genghis Khan, because it is told from the point of view of some of the women in his life. The names of his mother and his first wife are known, and at least one other wife, but I suspect that some of the characters are entirely fictional, and even those persons whose names have come down to us are barely known in reality, so the author has had considerable latitude in the creation of her story. However, Pamela Sargent seems to have done her research. [She does not contradict anything I ever learned about the Mongols from the books of Harold Lamb, a historian of the period]. To be honest, the Mongols don't seem to have been the sort of persons one would want for neighbors -- their lives tended to be nasty, brutish, and short. But Sargent makes them believeable people, not monsters.<br/><br/>Bernard Clark is a competent reader, but a bit flat at times. Overall, I think 4 to 4 1/2 stars for this audiobook.

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  • Caroline
  • Hollywood, SC, United States
  • 01-22-13

Just Okay

This novel about Ghengis Khan was fairly interesting, at least the first part, but got increasingly boring as it went along, and I didn't even finish it. I got this book because I loved the Conquerer Series about Ghengis Khan which was written by Conn Iggulden. I highly recommend skipping this one and trying those.

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  • Uhtredson
  • 04-20-16

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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend the book as its good value for money ,, The narrator is a little bland but you get used to his monotone voice after a while.. The author made some wild assumptions on Temujin and Jamooka partaking in homosexual activities together .. Completely baseless and unneccessary <br/>but the apart from that it is written well .. <br/><br/>

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was no surprise as it is based on history

What three words best describe Bernard Clark’s performance?

Tried his best <br/><br/>his voice acting is not too bad ..

Was Ruler of the Sky worth the listening time?

Its a lot of story for the money

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I dont think you needed to make up the gay relationship between jamooka and genghis .. The battle scenes were kind of glossed over

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  • 11-23-17

rather boring

thd narrator was too monotonous. the story though history was too long winded and detailed