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Summary

The first book in the best-selling Conqueror series featuring Genghis Khan and his descendants.

"I am the land and the bones of the hills. I am the winter."

Temujin, the second son of the khan of the Wolves tribe, was only 11 when his father died in an ambush. His family were thrown out of the tribe and left alone, without food or shelter, to starve to death on the harsh Mongolian plains. It was a rough introduction to his life, to a sudden adult world, but Temujin survived, learning to combat natural and human threats.

A man, a small family, without a tribe was always at risk, but he gathered other outsiders to him, creating a new tribal identity. It was during some of his worst times that the image of uniting the warring tribes and bringing the silver people together came to him. He will become the khan of the sea of grass, Genghis.

©2007 Conn Iggulden (P)2005 Oakhill Publishing Ltd

Critic reviews

"Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction." ( Daily Mirror)
"Iggulden...tells an absolutely cracking story...the pace is nail-biting and the set dressing magnificent." ( The Times)
"Iggulden weaves an entertaining tale of this world of men, swords, bows and the call of war and the plains." ( Daily Express)
"I felt as if a blockbuster movie was unfolding before me...read the book before Hollywood takes it over." ( Daily Express)

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Leaves You Howling For More!

This is Iggulden at his best. A fine balance of character development and action. The story of the young boy that grew into a fierce warrior is told with near-perfect pacing. There’s lots of action and violence but equally time is devoted to the story of young boys growing up in the harshest of lands among the toughest of men. A young Temujin suffers both at the hands of that terrible icy land and men he should have been able to trust. From this intense crucible one of history’s hardest steel-like characters is forged and the world trembled.

The narration from Stephen Thorne is well done, he isn’t the world’s greatest voice actor but he has a rich, pleasing voice that carries Iggulden’s exciting story well. As starts to a series go this really is excellent and it genuinely does leave us wolves howling for more!

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Great story, good narration, grating ending

Conn Iggulden is the master of Historical Fiction - if you have not experienced his Ghengis Khan series, you’re missing out on one of the best historical fiction series out there.

Stephen Thorne is a reasonable narrator, a bit clipped and formal at times, but still engaging.

My big issue with this audiobook is the ending. I have previous read this book before listening to it, and one of my favourite parts of the book is the historical note at the end where Mr Iggulden explains how much of the story is based on historical sources and how much is the creation of the author’s imagination. This segment does not appear in the audio recording and is poorer for it.

However, overall still a worthy listen and a good audiobook.

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Enjoyable but shallow

A good tale but doesn’t really delve into the mindset behind GK and what made him a great leader. Personally I felt the narration was a bit disengaged, sounded like it was reading prizes on s game show rather than telling a story.

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Truly gripping

I thought the Emperor series was good, but this first book gripping, it brought emotional responses with the play on brothers, family and hardship. Highly recommended.

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Amazing

The best series of books ever published! This is my 4th reading / listening of them

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Very engaging story

You know what's going to happen in the end as the main character is one of the greatest in history. But Iggulden has an amazing ability to create drama, and I'm areas I found surprising. Very good story that stayed true to the culture and history while giving the reader an exciting ride.

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highly recommend

very good from start to finish. on to the nexted book ... can't wait .

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Great read

Conn Iggulden stories are great, here he tells the early life and struggles of Genghis Khan

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Good story, great pace, too much grimacing.

I had no idea the origins of Genghis Khan were so fraught, and enjoyed this story of his younger life. The battles were a bit grim and bloody, but I guess that was the reality.
Narration mostly very good except for the terrible pronunciation of the word ‘grimace’ (stressing the a?!?) which was used about 3 times in every chapter. All the warriors grimACEed regularly it seems.

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Brilliant story of Genghis Khans rise to power

Great book and series, I'm on my second reading/listening. I thought the narrator did a really good job. If I was really nitpicking about the performance, with headphones you can hear pages turning, and the narrator stifling burps a few times. Also the way he pronounced grimaced bothered me more than it had any right to do.

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  • Dr.
  • 01-05-21

Number the books please!

One lost point for the very inconvenient missing book numbers. Had to go look it up on Wiki to find out which one to download next. This has been a problem with every Audible series so far! Please fix.

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  • Allard
  • 08-10-19

Great!

Listened and read as fast as possible! A breathtaking and somehow relatable story based in history.

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  • 06-04-19

zensational

Superb storytelling...put me right there on the Mongolian plains in amongst the blood sweat and tears!!!







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  • yashwant kumar m s
  • 10-08-18

Excellent narration

Should go for it without second thought. Conn Iggulden is a master. And the dramatized narration is too delicious to miss.

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  • Lauren L
  • 11-02-18

Solid historical action

Overall an entertaining read. Certainly a very interesting glimpse into the past and the birth of the Mongol empire. The story of the boy Temujin who is destined to someday be Ghengis Khan is a rollicking action packed adventure, but heavy on plot, light on character. The relationship between Temujin and his brothers is perhaps the richest part of the tale, especially in the wilderness years, but it’s violence and war and bloodshed that dominate the rest of the book at the expense of depth. I wonder though if it’s possibly partly due to the historical material ... savage pre-literate tribes in the wilderness provide fundamentally less interesting material than say ancient Rome, the Ming dynasty in China or the Tudors. Nonetheless, an enjoyable book - brilliantly narrated.

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  • Joseph Gindo
  • 29-10-17

Awesome story awesomely written

Finished it in less than a week. Very interesting and action packed book! From beginning to end the story is riveting as well as inspiring.

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  • 15-04-17

AJN'S review

I love this version on the story of Genghis. It takes into account the secret history while refreshingly making adjustments to make the story feel more real. Beautifully read and portrayed.