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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,104 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Conn Iggulden Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Conqueror Series Release Date:
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He was born Temujin, the son of a khan, raised in a clan of hunters migrating across the rugged steppe. Temujin’s young life was shaped by a series of brutal acts: the betrayal of his father by a neighboring tribe and the abandonment of his entire family, cruelly left to die on the harsh plain. But Temujin endured—and from that moment on, he was driven by a singular fury: to survive in the face of death, to kill before being killed, and to conquer enemies who could come without warning from beyond the horizon.

Through a series of courageous raids against the Tartars, Temujin’s legend grew—and so did the challenges he faced, from the machinations of a Chinese ambassador to the brutal abduction of his young wife, Borte. Blessed with 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 and greater power, until Temujin was chasing a vision: to unite many tribes into one, to make the earth tremble under the hoofbeats of a thousand warhorses, to subject unknown nations and even empires to his will.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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 (starred review)

  • “Zesty historical fiction, the kind with plenty of unbridled combat, accurate research, rampaging hordes and believable characters from very different cultures whose motivation rings true across the centuries…Invigorating.”

    USA Today

  • “The Genghis series makes its debut with this fast-paced historical novel that will leave fans of the action/adventure genre looking for the next volume in the saga….This audiobook debunks the idea that history is boring. Rudniki's dramatic semi-voiced performance will stir the imagination: he m“The Genghis series makes its debut with this fast-paced historical novel that will leave fans of the action/adventure genre looking for the next volume in the saga….This audiobook debunks the idea that history is boring. Rudniki's dramatic semi-voiced performance will stir the imagination: he makes the battle scenes come alive. He varies the pace and tone to match the scene.”akes the battle scenes come alive. He varies the pace and tone to match the scene.”

    Kliatt

  • Genghis: Birth of an Empire is 15 hours long, and listeners will wish it were longer…There’s no better narrator to bring this work to audio than Stefan Rudnicki. He speaks with a confidence and urgency rarely found…Iggulden has created a masterpiece, and Rudnicki more than does it justice.” 

    AudioFile

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of a 2008 YALSA Alex Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Serge | 2/16/2014

    " This is the first book by Conn Iggulgen I read and, I'm happy to say, it was well worth reading. If only the author paid more attention to what and how his characters speak! Of course, he couldn't have made them speak in their native tongues, but still ... why a 13th century AD Tartar warrior would say something like "yack penis"? Yack what?! Are there no English monosyllables with the same meaning available? ("Dick," perhaps?) And why Temujin (an uneducated Mongol, after all, his talents as a leader notwithstanding) speaks with the same voice as a refined and sophisticated Chinese ambassador? Mr. Iggulden makes him to admit that he doesn't know many words used by the Chinese diplomat, but how does Temujin know what "alternative" is, then? Could it be that, after several novels about the ancient Rome he has written, Mr. Iggulden's thinking is still in a Latin "groove," so to speak? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ted Hopkins | 2/11/2014

    " Rather slow to start, this turns out to be a good read that must get accepted as fiction. Iggulden differs sharply with Jack Weatherford on a number of key details in his interpretation of The Secret History of the Mongols. The biggest difference lies in the presentation of Temujin's father who had a far more humble status than Iggulden presents. I would think that could have lent far more drama to the early chapters of the novel. The real conflict between Temujin and Bekter/Begter makes more sense as Weatherford presents it and I can't understand why Iggulden chose to make them full brothers rather than the half brothers they actually were. The relationship between Temujin and Jamuka is important to the development of the growing Genghis and I can't see why it got left out. I suppose Temujin's period of captivity/slavery is reasonably abbreviated from the actual. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by James Sophi | 2/3/2014

    " I think only Iggulden could write a whole chapter on climbing a cliff-face and make it interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tina | 2/2/2014

    " Know it as "Wolf of the Plains" "

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