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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: June 2008 ISBN: 9781455190348
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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 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 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 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 Tina | 2/2/2014

    " Know it as "Wolf of the Plains" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natasha Sharon | 1/31/2014

    " Definitely love this book, if you like historical fiction this is definitely the book for you. The characters are so lovable and the storyline is pretty easy to understand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizzie | 1/21/2014

    " I enjoyed this - got so immersed in it I thought I was there. I love this sort of thing any way and got hooked on historical fiction years ago reading Eagle of 9th by Rosemary Sutcliffe. Well worth a read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthuvius Manhandlinglambs | 1/20/2014

    " Very satisfying tale of survival, revenge, and ultimate conquest. Quite bloody and morally challenging "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Isassi | 1/18/2014

    " At first I didn't know which of the brothers was Genghis... Then it all came together. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jerome T. | 1/9/2014

    " I dropped this book after page 200. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimmy Long | 1/7/2014

    " Long book but worth the effort. It took a bit to get used to the terminology and to follow who was who, but it was quite interesting and the characters were developed well. Who would have thought it possible to develop compassion for the family of Genghis Khan? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail/Ladyvolz Bowman | 12/28/2013

    " Excellent book on Genghis Khan; takes him from birth to approx age of 20; drew me right into the Mongol world and what it was like to survive on the plains during this time period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 6/24/2013

    " One of the best books I have read in a while. Highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libby | 5/6/2013

    " Recommended by a high school boy - and it's definitely a guy book. Too many battle scenes and too much violence for my tastes. And yet it was well-written and motivated me to check out a biography on Ghengis Khan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gayle Buxton | 3/22/2013

    " According to Hugh Nibley, The Jaredites were more like people of the Monguls than like the people of Lehi. Just curious about that culture. Bloodthirsty people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison Smith | 8/9/2012

    " To my surprise I thoroughly enjoyed this rousing tale - plenty of action, adventure on an epic scale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 7/25/2012

    " I really enjoyed this series. This book was the best of the series. My 10 year old read the series also and loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary Bellfield | 5/18/2012

    " Love this entire series of books! Pulls you in, you fall in love with the characters & before you know it.... You are right there with them! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 9/14/2011

    " fifth time through, and still a 24 hour book. that says it all really. probably my fav historical fiction of all time. if he writes a sixth, I will happily start it all again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle Dent | 9/12/2011

    " Gripping story well researhed, love historical fiction when it's written like this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nomad | 6/5/2011

    " Great Historical fiction,based on the true Life of Genghis Khan. this book is exciting and very well written. Looking forward to reading the next three books in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimmy | 4/19/2011

    " Long book but worth the effort. It took a bit to get used to the terminology and to follow who was who, but it was quite interesting and the characters were developed well. Who would have thought it possible to develop compassion for the family of Genghis Khan? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 3/27/2011

    " Fantastic read as were all of them!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 3/23/2011

    " A quick read. Conn Iggulden writes about the young Genghis Khan telling a story of a harsh and unforgiving life in Mongolia. It is the early life that molds Khan into the man he would become a ruthless leader who has a vision which would unite the tribes of Mongolia. "

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About the Author
Author Conn Iggulden

Conn Iggulden is the acclaimed author of the Emperor novels, which chronicle the life of Julius Caesar, and the Conqueror series, which is based on the lives of Mongol warlords Genghis, Ogedai, and Kublai Khan. He is also the coauthor of the bestselling nonfiction work The Dangerous Book for Boys. He lives with his wife and two children in Hertfordshire, England.

About the Narrator

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014, and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.