Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2010
DD ISBN 9780307705471 $20.00
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2010
CD ISBN 9780307705488 $80.00 Nine CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
Upon first hearing Robertson Dean’s deep voice, listeners may be surprised to hear a man narrating this account of the women who were often more competent at ruling than were Genghis Khan’s male heirs. The surprise is lessened when one remembers that the book’s author is also male. Dean’s tone as he narrates is consistently even, but it is not devoid of empathy for the queens who did much to build up and sustain the empire only to be betrayed by their male relatives and ultimately forgotten by history. Dean’s steady delivery also makes the disturbing scenes of physical violence more bearable to listen to. This is an enlightening biography. A.E.B. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2010]
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