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Blue Horizon Audiobook

Blue Horizon

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Publisher's Summary

At the close of Wilbur Smith's best-selling Monsoon, Tom Courtney and his brother, Dorian, battled on the high seas and finally reached the Cape of Good Hope to start life afresh.

In this spellbinding new novel, the next generation of Courtneys are out to stake their claim in Southern Africa, travelling along the infamous "Robber's Road". It is a journey both exciting and hazardous, that takes them through the untouched wilderness of a beautiful land filled with warring tribes and wild animals.

At heart a story of love and hatred, vengeance and greed, Blue Horizon is an utterly compelling adventure from one of the world's most celebrated novelists.

©2003 Wilbur Smith (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared." (The Times)

"A master storyteller." (Sunday Times)

What Members Say

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    Benjamin 04/09/2016
    Benjamin 04/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    loved the narrator's singing of Spanish Ladies and this is easily my fav book of the Courtney series.

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    Carel 19/07/2016
    Carel 19/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "very good book"

    it was hard to stop listening to it. l would recommend it to anyone who loves a adventure story

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  • RICHARD
    9/02/15
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    "Gripping story"

    A wonderful expansive tale, with many twists and adventures of the Courtney clan of the 1730's. A must listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    20/09/14
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    "The Courtney's take Africa"

    This is the third book following Bird's of Prey and Monsoon. It tells the story of three generations of Courtney's, and their struggles with each other, the Dutch, Muslims and the wilds of Africa. Tim Piggott-Smith delivers a brilliant performance. This Courtney series is Wilbur Smith at his best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Prince George, BC, Canada
    22/12/13
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    "A solid 3.5 stars. High end Mind Candy."
    Any additional comments?

    A great adventure. Characters are easy to follow but a bit shallow. Most of the side plots are predictable. If it were not for the girlfriends and wives needing rescue, the Courtney boys would have little to do besides their manly pursuits of hunting, sailing and riding stallions.

    I remember reading the book when I was a younger man and enjoyed it more so than listening to it now.

    The adventure is what holds this book together. It may have been better if the women were not always so helpless. All the male white characters were virtually identical as were the male black characters. There seemed to be no depth of individuality that separates the characters.

    I was glad when it was over. Still, I enjoyed it enough to not ask for my money back.
    Some say his books are sexist and racist. They must consider the book is set in early 1700's. This is what made me glad the book was over. I don' t think I'll listen to anymore W.Smith. (Take Master and Commander for example - much better)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
    Carlisle, Australia
    13/06/13
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    "Excellent story."

    Good story, great characters and well narrated. I would recommend this book as its a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • R. Johnson
    8/05/13
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    "A Good Long Listen"

    I normally listen to books on an ipod in my car, shortish bursts of 35 to 40 minutes at a time. Not this book, it grabbed me so completely I spent most of two days listening and was really quite sad when it ended. Good standard Wilbur Smith, lots of thud and blunder, great descriptions (especially the plague) and at times a real tear jerker. TPS a star reader who managed the various accents convincingly and kept the tale rollicking along.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • K. Sewell
    Cardiff, Wales
    25/10/13
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    "Dependable read"
    What made the experience of listening to Blue Horizon the most enjoyable?

    Moves along at a fairly cracking pace, the good guys always win.


    If you’ve listened to books by Wilbur Smith before, how does this one compare?

    They don't vary a lot in quality or style. If you like Wilbur Smith, you will like this one also.


    What about Tim Pigott-Smith’s performance did you like?

    Brillant reader. What an amazing number of accent he can do, and switch between them in an instant where the dialogue calls for it. I take my hat off to the guy for his infinite energy and stoicism. Kept up the pace and the tension throughout.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really emotionally moving, This is high fantasy, so can't really give it a serious emotional response. It did make me laugh though, sometimes because of its sheer predictability. Also the reader's perfect pitch made it extra funny.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a very long listen, containing many different stories within it. I would never have read it in book form, as it would be too big an investment in time, and it is not literarily challenging, but as an audiobook whilst performing other tasks, it was perfect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    SELSEY, United Kingdom
    27/07/13
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    "Best ever"
    What did you like most about Blue Horizon?

    Tom Piggot Smith was absolutely wonderful as the narrator of this book. Wilbur Smith delivered a fantastic story which I Couldn't put down. Please give us some more of the same.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My attention was held throughout and have to say that I rate this the best audible I have listened to so far.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Pigott-Smith’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    NO but I shall in future


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A true feeling of South Africa


    Any additional comments?

    Having been to South Africa and know a little of its history the book bought it to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    4/09/16
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    "Standard Wilbur Smith."

    Easy listening. Swashbuckling adventure with predictable characters. Very cheesy lines awash. He does churn these novels out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Willy Eckerslyke
    North Wales
    15/08/16
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    "not the best."

    Usual good story from Wilbur Smith.
    Enjoyment spoiled by frequent pauses followed by a repeat of the previous couple of words.
    Very disappointed by the standard of the narration. Many of the attempted accents were atrocious. At least one accent would have won first prize as a Dalek interpretation

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mrs
    17/06/15
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    "Fabulous !"

    Read the book a long time ago. Listening to the story reminded me what a great writer Wilbur Smith is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • hfffoman
    Kent
    12/02/15
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    "Cheap and childish"
    Would you try another book written by Wilbur Smith or narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith?

    Tim Pigott-Smith is one of the best readers


    Any additional comments?

    I got this largely for Tim Pigott-Smith’s superb reading. Much as I enjoyed listening to him, I didn’t get very far before returning it. I am not above reading teenage adventure stories. For instance I loved the Name of the Wind and the Mortal Engines series, but this one felt a bit too cheap and childish, even for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H Holden
    UK
    31/01/15
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    "Great listen"

    finely narrated, following the escapades of the Courtney family who have many persistant enemies - gun battles, sword duels, across land and seas with a bit of romance thrown in - I really enjoyed this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Alex Hubert
    28/07/14
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    "Rescuing Tim Pigott-Smith!"
    Where does Blue Horizon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I bought this audiobook because it was narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith. On listening to it, I realised it wasn't TPS. I didn't listen to the rest of it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Didn't listen to it. The picture on the front is nice though. Does that mean it's a good book?


    Have you listened to any of Tim Pigott-Smith’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Tim Pigott-Smith is a narrator without peer! Sadly however, this isn't him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. J. M. Cant
    UK
    2/06/14
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    "A great book, ruined by bad narration."
    Would you be willing to try another one of Tim Pigott-Smith’s performances?

    I'm afraid not. TIm Pigott-Smith reads nicely, but absolutely ruined the book for me with the most dreadful voices of the native African characters. Each was over performed to an extent that my best desciription would be that of a 1960's cabaret act impersionating an African.

    I found it quite cringeworthy and distracting from the characters I formed in my head. As an avid Wilbus Smith reader I cannot say how disappointed I was.

    I've listened to a number of books recently and have been spoilt by the talent of Raul Esparza, John Slattery, and Craig Wasson. All have voiced each character with a skill that leaves you wanting more. If you've not listened to them yet I recommend you do!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment - I've wanted an unabridged Wilbur Smith book for so long.


    Any additional comments?

    If anyone knows of where to find an unabridged version of River God - my favourite Wilbur, please leg me know !!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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