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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (793 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alex Rutherford Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Empire of the Moghul Series Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781400187508
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Raiders from the North ushers in a bold, panoramic new historical series that tells the unknown story of the Moghul emperors, chronicling the rise and fall of one of the most powerful, opulent, and glittering dynasties in history.

Descended from the legendary Tamburlaine, the Moghuls rose out of Central Asia in the sixteenth century. Raiders from the North tells the astounding story of their young king, who led his warriors against rampaging armies and ruthlessly ambitious enemies to found an empire that would dominate the continent.

Full of action, drama, and character, with epic battles, incredible journeys, and lives ravaged by treachery, this is the perfect book for fans of fast-paced tales of adventure during some of the most tumultuous eras in history.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deepa Jayaram | 2/18/2014

    " Graphic and racy style of writing. The author brings history alive with the jargons "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anshuman Lenka | 2/16/2014

    " Brilliantly written.History has been deftly dealt with some characters created to suit the narration.The trials and tribulations of Babur as well as his solitude has been wonderfully captured. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anil Swarup | 2/14/2014

    " History in any case is fascinating. However, if it can be narrated in the manner in which Rurtherford has, it will never be boring. This is history being written as a fast paced fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Servius Heiner | 2/8/2014

    " Pretty good looking forward to reading more historical fictions by this author. After the book, he outlines which characters were real and which were works of fiction. Always a bonus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hari Shanker | 1/17/2014

    " Alex Rutherford has successfully brought to life the culture and civilization of central Asia in the 15th century. As the trial and tribulations of Babur and his 'destiny' enfolds, the readers is transported to his world. We feel his pain and joy till he finally succeeds in creating the great Mughal Empire. The characters come out live and vibrant whether historical or fictional. Baburi may have been a figment of the writers imagination but his portrayal is second only to Babur.I think it's a perfect blend of history and fiction. Every student of Mughal history would do well to read this book,for he does not deviate from historical facts. They will remember the events more vividly than the dull text books tend to portray. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sid | 1/11/2014

    " Alex Rutherford does well to dramatise Babur and the establishing the roots of the Mughal Empire which shaped so much of the south east asian history. Great read which also pretty accurate to what I remember from my 8th grade history textbooks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 12/31/2013

    " Excellent start to the History of the Mongol empire "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neha | 12/25/2013

    " An amazing account of Babur's conquests and rule in India. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harith | 12/2/2013

    " With excerpts from Baburnama, Alex Rutherford has done a fantastic job creating fictional details around historical facts. Reading this book gives you a thrilling look into the life of Babur and his journey from Ferghana to Samarkhand to Kabul and from Kabul into India. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 11/26/2013

    " I have a personal interest in Central Asia, and so the subject of the Mogul Dynasty founder Babur was particularly interesting to me. It's one of the very few historical novels I've read, and I very much enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deepti | 11/9/2013

    " History being made not only educative and informative, but also thoroughly entertaining. Excited about reading the rest of the books. Hope they are backed by enough facts and this one was by 'BaburNama'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tushar Bisht | 7/17/2013

    " a wonderful journey binded with fiction through the early moughal era "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alun Watkins | 5/26/2013

    " An excellent introduction to this four book series which tells the story of one of the worlds greatest dynasties. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vickram | 2/20/2013

    " Great series. Well researched, detailed and most important alive, interesting and exciting! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nehal | 9/6/2012

    " History painstakingly reconstructed and engagingly told. The narrative is very fluid and thrilling (especially the battle scenes). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sreejith Perumbilavil | 7/9/2012

    " for recreating 15th century central Asia and India in an engaging way, the couple deserve applause. by portraying the medieval sense of loyalty, bravery and valour, the authors have done a good job. language is not rich or ornamental, but the flow of story and descriptions are good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pallavi Duffy | 4/28/2012

    " Excellent account of how Mughals rose to power. Compelling account very interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 1/28/2012

    " fact-based, with some fiction thrown in, account of establishing of the Moghul dynasty/empire...very interesting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie | 9/25/2011

    " Raiders from the North is a very good book. It takes place in Persia, China, and Afganistan. Takes place in the late 1400's thru about 1600. I was caught up in this book until I finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shofi Choudhury | 9/4/2011

    " Impressing HF Impressed me a lot and the story telling was also good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 6/23/2011

    " It was a good story and there is no good reason why it didn't hook me the way Penman does, and yet it didn't. I have no explanation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tushar | 4/27/2011

    " a wonderful journey binded with fiction through the early moughal era "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 12/29/2010

    " This one was OK. I learned more about the founding of the Mughal Empire, which was most of the reason for reading the book. But the writing isn't that good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Servius Heiner | 8/3/2010

    " Pretty good looking forward to reading more historical fictions by this author. After the book, he outlines which characters were real and which were works of fiction. Always a bonus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harmeet | 7/30/2010

    " About Babur, founder of Mughal empire. Fictionalized, so easy read. Babur's struggles and perseverance paid off in spite of the many reverses. Remarkable story of confidence and grit prevailing against all odds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie | 6/9/2010

    " Raiders from the North is a very good book. It takes place in Persia, China, and Afganistan. Takes place in the late 1400's thru about 1600. I was caught up in this book until I finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 R4nj33t | 5/24/2010

    " One of the best narration on a true life. Every detail of Mogul era is captured with acute care. There are many occasions where you simply lost into the story and begin to imagine the scenes narrated for Babur's life. This book is one of the best find of me in recent times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harith | 9/29/2009

    " With excerpts from Baburnama, Alex Rutherford has done a fantastic job creating fictional details around historical facts. Reading this book gives you a thrilling look into the life of Babur and his journey from Ferghana to Samarkhand to Kabul and from Kabul into India. "

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About the Author
Author Alex Rutherford

Alex Rutherford is the pen name of Diana Preston and her husband, Michael, whose nonfiction has been awarded the Los Angeles Times Science and Technology Prize and been praised worldwide. Between them they have written seven books, including Cleopatra and Antony, Taj Mahal, and Before the Fallout. They live in London.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.