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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.
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.
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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This is a revisit of this excellent series. I have the Kindle version as well and enjoyed swapping between the two.
For anyone who hasn't read the series, I think you're missing out on a treat.
Kindle: About time you introduced a membership scheme that allowed a combined Audible/Kindle purchase when available?
Any additional comments?
There is a glitch in the file. I had a long discussion with audible about it. No joy. This book’s file needs fixing! The story may be good but unfortunately I can not form a view about it.
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!!