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Publisher's Summary

Mongol leader Genghis Khan was by far the greatest conqueror the world has ever known. His empire stretched from the Pacific Ocean to Central Europe, including all of China, the Middle East, and Russia.

So how did an illiterate nomad rise to such colossal power and subdue most of the known world, eclipsing Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and Napoleon? Credited by some with paving the way for the Renaissance, condemned by others for being the most heinous murderer in history, who was Genghis Khan?

His actual name was Temujin, and the story of his success is that of the Mongol people: a loose collection of fractious tribes who tended livestock, considered bathing taboo, and possessed an unparalleled genius for horseback warfare. United under Genghis, a strategist of astonishing cunning and versatility, they could dominate any sedentary society they chose.

Combining fast-paced accounts of battles with rich cultural background and the latest scholarship, Frank McLynn brings vividly to life the strange world of the Mongols, describes Temujin's rise from boyhood outcast to becoming Genghis Khan, and provides the most accurate and absorbing account yet of one of the most powerful men ever to have lived.

©2015 Frank McLynn (P)2015 Gildan Media LLC

Critic Reviews

"Sweepingly ambitious and persistently intriguing." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Well Researched but Poorly Written

I was amazed by the extent of this author's grasp of the subject, and it is a fascinating story of one of the most notable and influential persons in history. However, the book was poorly organized and very difficult to follow. The author's decision to organize the various Mongol conquests by place and subject matter rather than chronology was not a prudent choice given the volume of information foisted on the reader.

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  • Alfred
  • Cedarburg, WI, United States
  • 02-12-16

A Bit Dry

The coverage was very thorough.

I found it a bit dry and academic.

It's the second most entertaining audiobook on the topic.

I liked Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford a little more.

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The book is amazing, the narrator is garbage.

The narrator was absolutely atrocious, but the book is amazing. Just read the physical or.kindle version.

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historical narrative Ghengis Khan

I love this book, I am constantly returning to it and learning more and more each time I listen.

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too much recitation, too dry.

I've read other histories of Genghis and they had more flavor, more life. This was like listening to a family tree recitation mixed with dates : so and so married so and so, had 6 kids named, ..... I only listened to the first 3 or 4 chapters, and couldn't take anymore. It is probably good as a reference book.

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Not in my top list

Lacks engaging narrative, difficult to keep track of the chronology.
The listing of characters at the start is very disengaging.

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Excellent book about this period of history

What made the experience of listening to Genghis Khan the most enjoyable?

Very much enjoyed the book. The one thing that I found that I didn't like was that the narrator would drop the "K" from khan, pronouncing it han. He did this at times with Kubla Khan's name. I'm not sure if that is how it is pronounced in Mongolian, but made it hard to follow at first, since I've always heard the "k" pronounced.

Which character – as performed by Tim Andres Pabon – was your favorite?

see above

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great

Everything involved with this book was fantastic I highly recommend it to everyone interested in Genghis Khan.

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Tedious & Unnecessarily Long

What would have made Genghis Khan better?

More details of the man, his interest and interactions with his family.

What could Frank McLynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The author seems to high burrow and wants to show he has great knowledge, but ends up making the book long and at least 7 chapters to long. He uses references, as if, it is common knowledge, and doesn't really explain. I got the book to get intimate knowledge on Genghis Khan, I got better understanding, but not knowledge!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Genghis Khan?

The list would be to long to write here.

Any additional comments?

If you want casual understanding, then the book is OK.

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