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  • On the Trail of Genghis Khan

  • An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads
  • By: Tim Cope
  • Narrated by: Philip Rose
  • Length: 18 hrs and 40 mins
  • Categories: History, Asia
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Guided by a Kazakh aphorism - "To understand the wolf, you must put the skin of a wolf on and look through its eyes" - adventurer Tim Cope undertook a journey not successfully completed since the days of Genghis Khan: He traveled by horseback across the entire length of the Eurasian steppe, from the ancient capital of Mongolia to the Danube River in Hungary.

It was an incredible six-thousand-mile, three-year-long trip across formidable landscape - and into the heart of the nomadic way of life that dominated this region for thousands of years, transforming Western Europe through its conquering armies. Cope’s trek takes him through wolf-infested plateaus, over glaciers and the subzero “starving steppe,” the scorching Kazakh desert, and the deep forests and treacherous mountains of the Carpathians.

Alone except for a trusty dog (and a succession of thirteen horses, many stolen from him along the way), he encounters incredible hospitality from those who welcome him along the way, a tradition that is the linchpin of human survival on the steppe. Immersed in the land and its people, Cope is witness to the rich past and often painful complexities of the present still recovering from Soviet rule. On the Trail of Genghis Khan is a celebration and an elegy for the nomadic way of life - its freedom, its closeness to the land, its animals, and moods - and a narrative full of romance, intelligence, and drama.

©2013 Tim Cope (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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great story, narration...eh.

phillip rose is a VERY dramatic reader. puts way too much emphasis in every sentence. its like he is announcing every line. kind of made it hard to concentrate on the story, but the story itself is good. very incredible journey.

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What did you like most about On the Trail of Genghis Khan?

A huge book for a huge journey. I thoroughly enjoyed Tim's adventure, but the book was a very lengthy tome and could have done with a little less in parts. That said, it felt like the last leg of his journey was rushed, as if to meet an editorial deadline. If you're into travel in far flung places, it's well worth the commitment.

Have you listened to any of Philip Rose’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Tim in an Aussie and I would have preferred to listen to an Aussie narration.

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I really enjoyed listening to this book. What an amazing experience Tim has shared with us. Thank you

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Brilliant Tim Cope delivered in a voice I can’t listen to.

I’ve seen Tim Cope present 3 times and love the story of his adventures and hardships. I am torn....this narrator is very difficult to listen to and apologies, driving me nuts. It doesn’t suit the down to earth nature of Tim Cope, nor reflects the context. I think I’m going to have to refund. Disappointed.

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Inspirational

The synchronicity was astounding for me. I'm from Melbourne myself, I was a month away from moving abroad and this just got me in the right mood to take the leap.

The book is full of the hardships of travel, but in Tim's case it was on steroids. I can't imagine the loneliness and desperation he went through being in such harsh conditions . But the fact he pulled through delivering such an awesome account of his tale, the good and the bad, shows true character. I loved the intermissions of history as well the personal tales!

Highly recommend

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