• Wolf of the Plains

  • Conqueror, Book 1
  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Series: Conqueror, Book 1
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-22-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (27 ratings)

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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
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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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4 out of 5 stars
By Lauren L on 02-11-18

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Joseph Gindo on 10-29-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Imogen on 05-03-18

Awesome story

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

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lizzie on 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.

Any additional comments?

Definitely one of the best books to listen to!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robyn Bowler on 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.

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