Genghis: Birth of an Empire, A Novel of Genghis Khan

By Conn Iggulden
Read by Stefan Rudnicki

The Conqueror Series

14.77 Hours 06/01/2008 unabridged
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He was born Temujin, the son of a khan, raised in a clan of hunters migrating across the rugged steppe. Temujin’s young life was shaped by a series of brutal acts: the betrayal of his father by a neighboring tribe and the abandonment of his entire family, cruelly left to die on the harsh plain. But Temujin endured—and from that moment on, he was driven by a singular fury: to survive in the face of death, to kill before being killed, and to conquer enemies who could come without warning from beyond the horizon. Through a series of courageous raids against the Tartars, Temujin’s legend grew—and so did the challenges he faced, from the machinations of a Chinese ambassador to the brutal abduction of his young wife, Borte. Blessed with ferocious courage, it was the young warrior’s ability to learn, to imagine, and to judge the hearts of others that propelled him to greater and greater power, until Temujin was chasing a vision: to unite many tribes into one, to make the earth tremble under the hoofbeats of a thousand warhorses, to subject unknown nations and even empires to his will.

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Winner of a 2008 YALSA Alex Award

He was born Temujin, the son of a khan, raised in a clan of hunters migrating across the rugged steppe. Temujin’s young life was shaped by a series of brutal acts: the betrayal of his father by a neighboring tribe and the abandonment of his entire family, cruelly left to die on the harsh plain. But Temujin endured—and from that moment on, he was driven by a singular fury: to survive in the face of death, to kill before being killed, and to conquer enemies who could come without warning from beyond the horizon.

Through a series of courageous raids against the Tartars, Temujin’s legend grew—and so did the challenges he faced, from the machinations of a Chinese ambassador to the brutal abduction of his young wife, Borte. Blessed with ferocious courage, it was the young warrior’s ability to learn, to imagine, and to judge the hearts of others that propelled him to greater and greater power, until Temujin was chasing a vision: to unite many tribes into one, to make the earth tremble under the hoofbeats of a thousand warhorses, to subject unknown nations and even empires to his will.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Brilliantly imagined and addictive....Iggulden weaves a spellbinding story of an exotic and ‘unforgiving land’ and the enigmatic young man—charismatic, a brilliant tactician and capable ‘of utter ruthlessness’—who sets out to tame it. This is historical fiction of the first order.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Zesty historical fiction, the kind with plenty of unbridled combat, accurate research, rampaging hordes and believable characters from very different cultures whose motivation rings true across the centuries…Invigorating.” USA Today
“The Genghis series makes its debut with this fast-paced historical novel that will leave fans of the action/adventure genre looking for the next volume in the saga….This audiobook debunks the idea that history is boring. Rudniki's dramatic semi-voiced performance will stir the imagination: he m“The Genghis series makes its debut with this fast-paced historical novel that will leave fans of the action/adventure genre looking for the next volume in the saga….This audiobook debunks the idea that history is boring. Rudniki's dramatic semi-voiced performance will stir the imagination: he makes the battle scenes come alive. He varies the pace and tone to match the scene.”akes the battle scenes come alive. He varies the pace and tone to match the scene.” Kliatt
“Genghis: Birth of an Empire is 15 hours long, and listeners will wish it were longer…There’s no better narrator to bring this work to audio than Stefan Rudnicki. He speaks with a confidence and urgency rarely found…Iggulden has created a masterpiece, and Rudnicki more than does it justice.”  AudioFile

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Author Bio: Conn Iggulden

Conn Iggulden is the acclaimed author of the Emperor novels, which chronicle the life of Julius Caesar, and the Conqueror series, which is based on the lives of Mongol warlords Genghis, Ogedai, and Kublai Khan. He is also the coauthor of the bestselling nonfiction work The Dangerous Book for Boys. He lives with his wife and two children in Hertfordshire, England.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 14.77
Audience: Adult
Language: English