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3.22 out of 53.22 out of 53.22 out of 53.22 out of 53.22 out of 5 3.22 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neal Stephenson Narrator: Luke Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN:
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In the late 19th century, a mysterious group of English martial arts aficionados provided Sir Richard F. Burton, well-known expert on exotic languages and historical swordsmanship, a collection of long-lost manuscripts to translate. Burton's work was subsequently misplaced, only to be discovered by a team of amateur archaeologists in the ruins of a mansion in Treiste.

From Burton's translations and the original source material, the epic tale of The Mongoliad was recreated. The story chronicles the journey of a small band of warriors and mystics as they fight to save Europe from the Mongol invasion of the thirteenth century. It also exposes the secret workings of powerful clandestine societies that have been driving world events for millennia.

This fascinating and enthralling first novel in The Mongoliad trilogy fuses historical events with a gripping fictional narrative. Co-written by Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, E. D. deBirmingham, Mark Teppo, Joseph Brassey, Erik Bear, and Cooper Moo, The Mongoliad: Book One is an unforgettable epic.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tessa | 2/19/2014

    " Historically entertaining and accurate in all the small details. I had picked the book up because people said it was similar to an epic fantasy yet I could still satisfy my nerdy brain with historical tidbits. Well, I wouldn't go that far. If you like fantasy quests you probably won't put this down but you won't love it; I don't foresee anyone staying up late into the night to devour it. I found the ancient terminology slightly distracting. The authors switch from ancient norse to korean, latin, and then using 13th century names for places? Get outta here. People like common reference points. When they finally said Kiev, I threw down my ancient atlas and said finally! The authors should have done small background blibs in the beginning rather than wait until the last half of the book to unfurl so much of the back story, or at least at the beginning please explain all these various crusader factors (of which we only got a small morsel). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mjay Dakid | 2/15/2014

    " This is a good book, plenty of action and a rare learning experience about the crusade era. I enjoyed this read even if I did need a dictionary nearby to understand some of it. The problem is I don't like cliff-hangers. Since this is a major cliff-hanger. I took away 2 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Owen | 2/8/2014

    " A hugely enjoyable adventure story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katigie | 1/24/2014

    " I'm intrigued by the concept and just started today "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/22/2014

    " Great mix of history and fantasy with well-developed male and female characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Budd | 1/20/2014

    " Crap, not a self contained story. now I have to get the whole series. It is good, but it just stops and tells you to check out the second book. Found myself looking stuff up about the characters to find out that they are true, historically. That is always fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Wanderpolo | 1/19/2014

    " I enjoyed the characters and the historical nature of this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Luci | 1/16/2014

    " This book was okay. If you want great battle scenes, pick up Joe Abercrombie. I am interested in the characters but after awhile the characters start to blur together. I will read the next one as I have it on my Kindle but I was kind of disappointed, "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam | 10/12/2013

    " Wayyyyy too many descriptions of historically-accurate swordfighting. It felt like mastercraft fanfic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl Marcus | 10/6/2013

    " I enjoyed reading this. However, with all the talent assembled on this project, I felt like there should have been more to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 9/28/2013

    " Interesting concept. I'm going to read the next couple before totally making up my mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will Williams | 9/23/2013

    " If you like Neal Stephenson and in particular the Baroque trilogy, then there is much to enjoy here. The characters are not quite as well drawn and the set pieces not quite as operatic, but the fighting achieves that extra air of realism sought for and the historical period is well realised. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 8/28/2013

    " Watching for the next, getting in line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin Withers | 8/17/2013

    " Can't wait for part 2! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 7/2/2013

    " The history of the Mongol invasion is personalized with interesting characters and exciting conflict between unexpected enemies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane | 5/1/2013

    " Full review upcoming at Novelnaut.com "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Kelley | 4/12/2013

    " More please. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mei | 3/29/2013

    " Really? Meh. I found it formulaic and the writing stilted. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian Richardson | 1/20/2013

    " Meh. Reads like simplistic quasi-historical fiction for kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 1/16/2013

    " Not sure I want to read book 2. I found the details of smells and death and gore to be too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 1/4/2013

    " Interesting book if a little disjointed. I'll definitely be reading the rest of the series and doing a full review. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Sebesta | 7/13/2012

    " This appears to be the best kind of collaboration: the authors actually sit in the same room and work together. Altho there are two distinct threads (probably meaning two separate groups of three authors), the styles are seamless. The story's a bit horrific for my tastes, but very well-written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 4/16/2012

    " Promising in parts and then you realise it's a dumbed down Name of the Rose. "

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About the Author
Author Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson is known for his speculative fiction works, variously categorized as science fiction, historical fiction, maximalism, and cyberpunk. He is the author of the bestselling Reamde, Anathem, the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle as well as Snow Crash, which was named one of Time magazine’s Top 100 All-Time Best English-language Novels. He also writes nonfiction articles about technology in publications such as Wired magazine and has worked part time as an adviser for Blue Origin, a company developing a manned suborbital launch system.

About the Narrator

Luke Daniels is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction, including works by Philip Roth and John Updike. He has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 and 2014 and has earned thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actor, he has performed at various repertory theaters around the country, with an emphasis on Shakespeare.