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Publisher's 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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Loved it.

I hope I enjoy the rest of the series as much as this. The character development is brilliant.

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  • 05-01-21

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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Great!

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

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







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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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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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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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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.

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  • Simon
  • 09-24-16

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-19-19

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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  • Brian
  • 01-02-19

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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  • Gavin
  • 01-01-19

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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  • Sheffrob
  • 06-30-17

Amazing

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

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  • Lynda Mangoro
  • 06-25-17

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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  • markyb
  • 05-03-17

highly recommend

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

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  • Peter Merrifield
  • 12-29-16

Great read

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-03-22

Fantastic

Absolutely loved this book have gone on to listen to the next 2 in the series just waiting for credit for the next one, if you like a bit of history and learning whilst listening to an amazing story you wont be disappointed.

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  • James
  • 02-16-22

Excellent

A friend recommended the Eagle and Wolf series to me. I wasn't sure if the Wolf series would be of interest to me but I was wrong. The story is excellent and the character's is fascinating. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Lizzie
  • 03-20-18

Amazing story!

Would you listen to Wolf of the Plains again? Why?

Yes! I would listen to it quite a few times. The narrator does an amazing job, really draws you into the story.

What other book might you compare Wolf of the Plains to, and why?

I'd compare it to Ben Kane's 'Hannibal' - it's historical fiction, just as gripping, weaves characters and their lives into the historical events. A gripping story.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Wow, that's a hard one! I loved every minute of it. Probably my favourite was when Temujin finally got revenge for his father's death (not naming specifics as i don't want to spoil it for anyone)

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Genghis. Boy, outcast, leader. A gripping tale of survival and battle.

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Definitely one of the best books to listen to!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-17-22

Great story, interesting.. narration

while the story is amazing and this is the third time I'm going through it, I can't help but constantly hear the narrator's need to pronounce as many R's in words as L's. instead of warriors on the plains I hear walliers and hollible (horrible) things that happen. not only is it in words with double R's but I hear the narrator constantly trying to pronounce words with only one R as a word with an L. I'm not sure if every Englishman speaks that way.. but the rest of his tone and mannerisms throughout the rest of the story was very good.

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  • Nathan Munro
  • 04-09-22

Great book. Questionable approach to accents.

This is a great story but the performance is somewhat archaic. Stephen Thorne narrates all of the character voices (which were nicely segregated) in a relative British accent except the Chinese voices, in which sounded like a white man playing a Chinese character in a 1970s movie. This grasshopper has flashbacks.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-22

Iggulden strikes again

He’s a great style with filling in historical gaps with engaging back story. It’s gory and full of action

Only comment is the narrator’s odd pronunciation of “grimace”. It’s weird

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  • Shelley
  • 07-24-21

Engrossing

A great story! Well written, well read. Excellent.
If you’re interested in the history of the mongols - this is the one to listen to.

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  • Sweetheart1
  • 06-10-20

brilliant!

such a great story. a bit slow to start but it built perfectly to an ending that was well deserved :)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-29-20

Narrator

Well read. Stephen Thorne. Makes you Feel you’re there. Will follow this reader in other series.

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  • Kirstyn
  • 11-25-19

Buy this book

So good, action packed, interesting characters. I’ll give it a couple of weeks and then probably listen again 🤣

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  • Dave
  • 05-21-19

A must listen

This novel is a must listen to for not only historical adventure devotees but anyone with ears.
The whole series is awesome.

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  • Robyn Bowler
  • 01-08-18

History made interesting!

A beautiful descriptive account of the ancient Mongol people’s life and times. Their Honor and value systems forged by their harsh environment, producing their greatest leader. You could almost feel the pulse of life through the warmth and quality of the reader. Looking forward to concluding the series.