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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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conn Iggulden at his best

A master storyteller telling one of the greatest tales. well read, a joy to listen to.

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Amazing Story

Read the complete these a few years back, second time around listening to them this time around- does not disappoint.

Amazing story, deep rich characters and up there with the best books I have ever read.

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Awesome story

I just love love this book. It is one of my favourite book series! Defo recommend downloading.

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Excellent stuff.

This is a revisit of this excellent series. I have the Kindle version as well and enjoyed swapping between the two.
For anyone who hasn't read the series, I think you're missing out on a treat.

Kindle: About time you introduced a membership scheme that allowed a combined Audible/Kindle purchase when available?

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  • mr
  • 27-01-18

Gripping

Everyone has heard of Genghis Khan but never really new much about the Mongolian way of life. This story gives a gripping and enthralling tale of what Genghis Khans early life might have been like, tough in harsh surroundings and at best brutal. Excellent story and well told.

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best audible book I have listened to so far.

this review needs 15 words apparently to be accepted so here they are give or take

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Beautifully narrated.

The story of Genghis Khan is incredible and this novel is based on what is known of the founder of Mongolia. It is well written and superbly narrated.
A very enjoyable read.

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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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  • 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.