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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (532 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Weatherford Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9780307705471
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The Mongol queens of the thirteenth century ruled the greatest empire the world has ever known. Yet sometime near the end of the century, censors cut a section from The Secret History of the Mongols, leaving a single tantalizing quote from Genghis Khan: “Let us reward our female offspring.” Only this hint of a father’s legacy for his daughters remained of a much larger story. 


The queens of the Silk Route turned their father’s conquests into the world’s first truly international empire, fostering trade, education, and religion throughout their territories and 
creating an economic system that stretched from the Pacific to the Mediterranean. Outlandish stories of these powerful queens trickled out of the empire, shocking the citizens of Europe and the Islamic world.


At the conclusion of his magnificently researched and groundbreaking narrative, Jack Weatherford notes that the deeds of these Mongol queens inspired great artists from Chaucer and Milton to Goethe and Puccini, and so their stories live on today. With The Secret History of the Mongol Queens, Weatherford restores the queens’ missing chapter to the annals of history.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/18/2014

    " More genealogy than his previous book, Weatherford's followup to his excellent narrative of the Mongol Empit=re follows the maternal line of Genghis Khan's descendants as they fight each other and lose ground to competing empires. The last section, focusing on Manduthai Khatan and her extraordinary efforts to revive the Mongol Empire, are the most engaging. If you're interested in Mongol history at all, or just want to fill in the gaps of history that typically gets lest aside, this is a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel Carey | 2/16/2014

    " An absorbing, well researched book that dropped the shades from my eyes about Genghis Khan - he entrusted his wives and daughters with responsibilities, power, and rulership which enabled the Mongols to remain formidable for a very long time after his death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Forrest | 2/6/2014

    " Actually a good book, just not as good as his book on Genghis Khan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stanislav Grinapol | 1/24/2014

    " In my opinion Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford was more of an interesting read. Considering the mere mention of the name conjures so many images. And yet it's a great depiction of some of the greatest female leaders in early China. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly - The Illustrated Librarian - | 1/12/2014

    " Fascinating history of Genghis Khan's daughters, and how they held (and kept) their power as Mongol Queens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 1/10/2014

    " This was an interesting but sometimes dry read. The history of these people and area is not something we often read or here about, so it was enlightening in that sense. It struck me that women were powerful leaders so long ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raisa | 1/7/2014

    " A fascinating look at the women that shaped the Mongol Empire. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 12/11/2013

    " This was a delightful, fascinating read. I learned a lot reading this book (the Mongols used coded military poetry?) and it was a very engaging read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophia | 12/8/2013

    " Well written and fascinating, a must read for those who are looking for well researched women's history. Also shows in goose-bump raising detail the effort that was made to suppress this information about these women rulers and their effect on history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stuart | 12/1/2013

    " A little known area of history - and not deservedly so. Fascinating how this history has so much connection to what is going on today. Very worthwhile read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan William | 11/24/2013

    " At your service me lady..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 11/14/2013

    " Very interesting. I had no idea the role women played in the Mongol Empire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Zielinsk | 10/15/2013

    " Disclaimer...I lived in Mongolia so I may not be impartial but I really liked this book. I also like history but this was a great telling of a history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maicy | 5/12/2013

    " The book made perfect sense. There was no confusion when I read the book. I've always found the Mongols fascinating. Women had more rights in Mongolian society. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ms. S........... | 4/11/2013

    " Reads like a novel, with fine scholarship to back it up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zfnelson | 2/15/2013

    " Fascinating in-depth look at the character of each woman and her power structure within the clan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ilma | 11/16/2012

    " Sejarah tentang kejayaan mongol karena kepiawaian Gengiskhan menempatkan putri2nya sebagai RATU... sehingga Kerajaaan Mongol Bisa berjaya..... kemudian berlanjut hingga kehancuran kerajaaan tersebut. tapi sepertinya kita perlu meninjau kembali kebenaran sejarah itu,,, Ayoo kt ke TKP hahahaha "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maicy | 5/18/2011

    " The book made perfect sense. There was no confusion when I read the book. I've always found the Mongols fascinating. Women had more rights in Mongolian society. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 4/28/2011

    " A fascinating and encouraging history of the Mongol Empire form the feminine side. History and story telling blended beautifully. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 4/19/2011

    " Not quite as good as his other book on Genghis Kahn "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aimee | 2/5/2011

    " I *really* wanted to like this book, as I find Mongolia and Women's History fascinating subjects. But Weatherford's work here comes across as too feel good for my taste. It was also difficult at times to discern what is known and what is surmised. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 1/27/2011

    " The four stars are for the story of Manduhai near the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moi-rrrrra | 11/12/2010

    " I bet it would be hard to write a history book about lots of things that weren't recorded... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hilary | 11/11/2010

    " Interesting history. A couple parts that were a little too descriptive for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherilyn | 10/31/2010

    " I really enjoyed Genghis Khan but this is a bit of a rehash and doesn't read as easily as Genghis Khan. I didn' t get involved with the characters and found my mind wander a lot. "

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About the Narrator

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.