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New York Times best-selling author Conn Iggulden's Genghis Khan novels are infused with action, adventure, and rich historical details further fleshing out the great warlord's world. Having risen from his tribal upbringing, Genghis now leads a horde of fellow countrymen on a mission of conquest throughout Asia.

Escaping the Gobi Desert, he faces his greatest challenge, overtaking the empire of the Chin - a land protected by a massive, impenetrable wall.

©2008 Conn Iggulden (P)2008 Recorded Books

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  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Really liked the story, but not the reader

After listening to the first Genghis story by Conn Iggulden, and getting used to how that book's reader pronounced names, including "Khan" pronounced as "Hon", stipulated by Conn as historically correct for the period in which Genghis lived, and "Bertay", instead of "Berta", for the name of Genghis' wife, I found myself distracted by Richard Ferrone's narration. He was excellent in the "Left Behind" series, but I wish he had listened to the first book, before narrating the second and third. Beyond narration, the story line is as solid as the first book, and more "civilized", because Genghis has aged, and his family is no longer living like abandoned animals. GREAT SERIES to follow. I'm impressed with the depth of Conn's research on the Mongol warriors.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Unfortunate choice of reader

I really enjoyed listening to the first book. I just started on the second. How disappointing - as other reviewers have noted, the reader is terrible. And, I'm sorry to say, I also purchased the third book at the same time, and it's the same reader. We'll see how it goes - hopefully I can filter out the voice and just listen to the words... or buy the hardcopy.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Terrible narrator

So tell me why, if you are the narrator of the second book in the series obviously intended to be listened to sequentially, and for some reason they hired you to narrate the second and third books, after using another guy for the first book (what, the first guy was busy or something?), WHY WHY WHY would you change the pronunciation of the names of the major characters? Hassar becomes Haaassssser, Eluk (pronounced Ay-Luke), becomes pronounced Eee-Luck all of a sudden? (etc). Bleh. And, why would you give the main character, who is (or was, at the end of the last book), presented sympathetically, a nasal, evil sounding voice?

I only made it a half hour in. Going to go buy the paper version of the book instead. And will be avoiding Richard Ferrone in the future. Overly dramatic to the point of annoying, in addition to the changed names.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

reader not nearly as good as 1st book

I got this book because I loved the 1st one - Genghis Birth of an Empire. The person who read the 1st book was excellent. This one is really bad. The voices sound whiny and the pronunciation of the names is terrible. It is obvious the reader did not listen to the 1st book. I am about 1 hr into it and I'm not sure if I can go on. Maybe I'll have to buy the book. The story is an exciting page turner.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Stephen
  • HOUSTON, TX, United States
  • 05-03-12

Watch out for a new narrator

This is a great book. But they changed the narrator from book 1. It is a huge change. It took perhaps 1/2 of the book until I adapted to the new narration style, voices, etc. It is a massive turnoff and I almost stopped listening.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Dion
  • Rehoboth Beach, DE, USA
  • 11-05-09

If you liked the first

If you liked the first book, then I think you will like this one as well. But be prepared its a new narrator. I have gotten used to and do not dislike the narrator for this book, but I love Stephan Rudnicki and was very disappointed in the beginning.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • Driftwood, TX, United States
  • 04-07-12

No longer just the story of Genghis

First things first. It took quite a bit to get past the change in reader from the first book. I was merely disappointed in the beginning, since he didn't seem bad, just not as good a Stefan Rudnicki. However, I gradually became angry as he butchered the pronunciations of some names. He seemed to think that that the last syllable of certain names had to be dragged out for an extra beat or two and end in a snarl. What was more perplexing was that he didn't do this consistently. Thankfully, I think someone must have intervened since this habit diminished as the book went on. What still remained was the reader's insistence on portraying many characters in either a sniveling or raspy voice or some combination of the two.

I am glad I plodded through. I was quite satisfied with the story Iggulden weaves. He has a skillful way of portraying epic events through the eyes of a few compelling participants. In this second book, he has chosen to expand the collection of protagonists. Characters who previously mattered only in their relation to Genghis, such as his bothers, now come into their own. We are also introduced to new heroes and villains. The interactions between people around Genghis, especially his immediate family, become more complex as does Genghis' own relations with them. I do regret, though, that Borte and Hoelun, who played important roles in the first book, diminished in prominence in this book. The effect of all this is that the story seems to be evolving from the story of Genghis to the story of the burgeoning Mongol empire itself. In that sense, the title seems a bit of a misnomer, but I have no complaint. Anyone who expected this book to be the story about Genghis in his middle years will still find some of that; he is still central to the arc of the story after all, but the book aims to be much more. For me, it succeeds.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Lords of the Bow - Part 2 of a trilogy

If you begin reading the first book of the series 'Birth of an Empire', you won't be able pass up 'Lords of the Bow' or 'Bones of the Hills'. Rich with history, this is one of the best stories that I have ever listened to. Conn Iggulden has done a superb job of taking some pieces of history and stitching them together into a great story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A great story continues

Couldn't wait to start this one after book 1. The storytelling remains excellent, though I have to say I was a little disappointed in the narrator. Rather than listen to how the first narrator pronounced things and try and stay a little consistent, he simply re-invented many of the words. I see that this is the narrator for the rest of the series, so I should get used to him.

Overall, highly recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Philip
  • PAPILLION, NE, United States
  • 10-16-09

Great story

Great story. Great trilogy. I loved all three books in the series. The weave of historical facts into the story makes one more interested in reading the history of the regions and times involved. The narrator was terrific. He tells the story in such a way that you don't know he is reading it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful