The one and only Conn Iggulden takes on the story of the mighty Kublai Khan. An epic tale of a great and heroic mind; his action-packed rule; and how in conquering one-fifth of the world's inhabited land, he changed the course of history forever. A scholar who conquered an empire larger than those of Alexander or Caesar. A warrior who would rule a fifth of the world with strength and wisdom.A man who betrayed a brother to protect a nation.
From a young scholar to one of history's most powerful warriors, Conqueror tells the story of Kublai Khan - an extraordinary man who should be remembered alongside Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte as one of the greatest conquerors the world has ever known.It should have been a golden age, with an empire to dwarf the lands won by the mighty Genghis Khan. Instead, the vast Mongol nation is slowly losing ground, swallowed whole by their most ancient enemy. A new generation has arisen, yet the long shadow of the Great Khan still hangs over them all ...Kublai dreams of an empire stretching from sea to sea. But to see it built, this scholar must first learn the art of war. He must take his nation's warriors to the ends of the known world. And when he is weary, when he is wounded, he must face his own brothers in bloody civil war.
©2011 Conn Iggulden (P)2011 HarperCollins
WHY does it not say anywhere that this book is number five out of a series? Furthermore I can't GET the other four on Audible as unabridged. My interest in a series rather hinges on whether I can actually get the entire series and I am as a rule never interested in abridged versions. If I had known this was part of a series, I definitely wouldn't have wasted a credit on it. I would at least have started wtih book 1!
I'm entering a star rating because Audible is forcing me to. I picked three because that's average and therefore in my mind should make the smallest possible impact, when you take into account that I can't really judge a book I haven't listened to. On account of it being part five of a series where I didn't know there even were parts one to four...
I am posting because I thought maybe others who also prefer to start at the beginning might find it helpful to know that this isn't the beginning, but rather the end.
There are only so many battles you can have in one book. After a while they almost merged with virtually no storyline in between. This may be one to try in the abridged version as it might be more enjoyable.
Yes I would, he does excellent research for his books, perhaps his editor should have been more ruthless with this one.
I wasn't very impressed with him, would try to avoid
Having spent far too much time listening to this compelling story, I have very little left for a detailed review!
I'd strongly recommend listening to the earlier books in the series first... not essential but they do weave you into the historical context and personalities that resonate through this book.
I loved Richard E Grant's narration, the only discordant note being that his pronunciation of key characters' names differed to the earlier novels. Perhaps a small point but continuity helps with names that are unusual to me.
I hope that he'll produce another.
Loved it and totally engrossed in almost completely unknown story. Richard reads brilliantly though at first I fear for the croakiness of his voice!
I do wish someone would rid Mr Iggulden of the tick of
constantly writing 'smiled', 'murmured', 'frowned' etc 'to himself'. So irritating and unnecessary. He even has horses 'snickering' to themselves...! Grr
Otherwise, exemplary series.
Retired soak up books of all genres . Used to read . Audible is excellent for Me now has my eyes ache with to much Reading...
I throughly enjoyed this book . Historically
Accurate .. With a terrific story exploring life
And values of the time ...a must read
I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Conn Iggulden -
Brilliant writer and brilliantly narrated. You won't find a better historical novelist.
Mr Grant reads the story really well and gets you right in the middle of it!! The story is a great ending to the series! Well done Con Iggulden!
All of it! The passion in which he read it, the voices!
If only I could - never enough hours in the day!
the story chopped about a little which detracts from the listing experience but overall enjoyable.
"Good story, as you would expect"
Another good story by Iggulden. Don't expect to be 'enlightened' but it is very entertaining. RE Grant was too present as RE Grant, in my opinion.
"Another Great Story, An Epic Really"
Yet again Conn Iggulden conjures up another fabulous historical fiction story centred around the Gengis Khan dynasty. For me this was one of those audiobooks where you don't mind getting stuck in a traffic jam, it just gives you more time to enjoy the story. I felt the narration by Richard was a little weak and didn't do the story the justice it deserved. That said would I recommend, yes.
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