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Conqueror

Narrated by: Richard E Grant
Series: Conqueror, Book 5
Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.7 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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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

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Great and enjoyable story

I enjoyed Conn Iggulden take on this wonderful book I enjoyed reading but never would I enjoyed listening would be better. The narrator makes it more enjoyable with his different characters.

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Finished the series on a bit of a weak note

Didn't dig the performance. I HATE when the change the reader part way through a series, particularly when pronunciation changes. Aside from that I didn't like the way all the females were read in a whisper and all the men were pretty much blasting their lines. Even when the sentence was something like '"do it now, General," Kublai said', the reader yelled it. Characters seemed a bit one dimensional, possibly exacerbated by the performance. It seemed to me like Genghis was the only multifaceted character, and the others only really changed between book. For example, one couldn't possibly like Batu during Empire of Silver, until all of a sudden he was magically a good bloke. Opposite was true for Guyuk. Bit disappointing after the excellent first three books, but still a decent read. Hopefully there'll be another that finishes dealing with Kublai's life and achievements.

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  • Sam
  • 26-06-2020

Epic series, feels slightly rushed to completion.

Great series and the final book was good, I just wish it carried on for longer. Feels like it cut off early with a lot more of Kublai's life to explore. I don't think the narrator was the best choice following those of earlier books. Particularly the different pronunciation of character names.

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Superb

loved this book. Gripping from beginning to end. Richard E Grants narration was fantastic and made the visualisations even bolder.

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Mind blowing block buster

Totally enjoyed this story highly recommend to all readers from all walks of life. I was captivated from start to finish and left wanting more.

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An author at his best.

A great conclusion to a fantastic series. A master author who takes his readers and listeners an a epic historical journey.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-07-2020

historical fiction

although the entire series was good and really gripping there were a a few too many inaccuracies to be called history. the first book had a chapter about these inaccuracies but this is missing from the later ones.

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  • E.M. Biggs
  • 13-06-2017

Bit repetitive

As this was the fifth book in the series that I had listened to within a year, I found that certain phrases ( e.g.' the cold face'', 'showed his teeth' 'do you understand'), not to mention the descriptions of the battle scenes had gone beyond stale. This was definitely the weakest in the series and it wasn't helped by the narrator who made all the older characters sound like effete British aristocrats. His pronunciation of Hangzou was so off ( he called it "Hang zoo" that I winced every time I heard it. Overall though he had a very pleasant voice bar some overacting in the angry scenes.

If you have read the other books in the series, this one rounds them off well, but it is definitely not a great stand-alone novel.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-08-2016

Not bad

the story chopped about a little which detracts from the listing experience but overall enjoyable.

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  • Andrew
  • 31-03-2013

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.

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  • Calum
  • 14-06-2012

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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  • Merete
  • 01-05-2012

This is part of a series!

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.

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  • Ronan
  • 18-08-2014

A battle to the end

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

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.

Would you ever listen to anything by Conn Iggulden again?

Yes I would, he does excellent research for his books, perhaps his editor should have been more ruthless with this one.

Would you be willing to try another one of Richard E Grant’s performances?

I wasn't very impressed with him, would try to avoid

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  • Matt
  • 25-10-2019

Great follow on but spoiled by narrator

Another good novel in the series, in keeping with the previous ones. The narration is dreadful though - his voice really grates and his choice of character voices is cringeworthy

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  • Jai K.
  • 26-04-2016

Sad to leave this series behind

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.




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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-09-2020

Terrible voice acting

I have listened to every book in this series and over all I really enjoyed them. However the constant swapping between narrators hinders the enjoyment, from different accents used to different pronunciation of names. Sadly in this book, Richard E Grants is terrible. No definition between characters voices, and constant whispering when not really needed. Overall however, a must listen if you have listened to the others.

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  • Matt T
  • 03-09-2020

one of favourites

absolutely love this the story is so immersive and so well done ive listened to this indont knownhow many times now

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-05-2020

awful

Richard e grant. kills this great story it's a painful listen should not if changed readers

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  • dominic burrow
  • 22-03-2020

What is with the awful narrator on this one??.

The voices are so cringing it's distracting! What were they thinking. Did they not listen to it back when they did a first run and think "wow, that's an annoying voice". One of them is like the new batman. Sounds like he needs a good drink of water. Then the narration "voice" is really really like someone reading a children's book. All the characters have sore throats or can only whisper. Sorry Richard E Grant. This wasn't great. The story it's self is good though!

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  • Tw1990
  • 27-06-2019

Amazing

Such an amazing story from Ghengis to khubli khan. I have now completed all 5 books and what a story with rich history.

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  • John Donnelly
  • 24-01-2019

Richard e Grant is beyond Amazing.

Richard e Grant makes this amazing bopk breathe its own breath. cannot recommended it enough.