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The Quest Audiobook

The Quest: Ancient Egyptian, Book 4

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Publisher's Summary

Wilbur Smith returns with the eagerly awaited sequel to his thrilling Egyptian series, following on from River God, The Seventh Scroll, and Warlock. The Quest continues the story of the warlock Taita, who is wise in the lore of the ancient Gods and a master of magic and the supernatural.

Egypt is struck by a series of terrible plagues that cripple the kingdom, and then the ultimate disaster occurs: the Nile fails. The waters that nourish and sustain the land dry up. Something catastrophic is taking place in the distant and totally unexplored depths of Africa from where the mighty river springs. In desperation, Pharaoh sends for Taita, the only man who might be able to find the source of the Nile and discover the cause of all their woes. None of them can have any idea of what a terrible enemy lies in ambush for the warlock in those mysterious lands at the end of their world.

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    Naomi Brewster Melbourne, Australia 29/03/2014
    Naomi Brewster Melbourne, Australia 29/03/2014
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    "A step too far"
    What disappointed you about The Quest?

    The River God and The Seventh Scroll were fantastic but this book was a step too far - Taita becomes young again and immortal (?). He gets his Lotus back through reincarnation (?!). Smith has often had a hard time letting Taita go (who, in the River God was a wonderful character) but in holding on to him in this way he has blemished the memory of Taita for me.


    What could Wilbur Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    No - it shouldn't have been written


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

    Disappointment - entirely. It just got worse and worse


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  • Peggy
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    2/02/10
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    "Too Bad ;("

    I am only one hour into the story.. and already I am sorry I bought it. The story may be good but the narration is the pits. I can only listen for short periods of time.. How could they take a good book an excellent writer and let a complete idiot narrate it?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Gaynor
    Bridgend, Mid Glam, United Kingdom
    24/05/07
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    "Time for Taitha to retire?"

    Wilbur usually manages to keep a story going and make it exciting - this one is obvious and lacks conviction. Maybe I've read too many of his books and I am used to the formula but I thought poor old Taitha should have retired after the last book and I have a horrible feeling there will be another

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • P. D. Smith
    Huddersfield, UK
    28/08/07
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    "Not great"

    I've read/listened to the previous Taita books and really enjoyed them, but this one seemed like an effort to listen to.

    There didn't seem to be much point or aim to the story, and it seemed more 'fantastical' than the previous Taita stories, which made it less appealing to me. I like fantasy stories, but previous Taita stories seemed to be more 'realistic'. The Quest is purely fantasy with obvious magic which couldn't be explained by superstition etc.

    As the previous reviewer said, it seems to be setting up for further Taita stories, but Wilbur Smith should have let him go in peace and come up with another 'hero' for the new stories.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart
    Surrey, United Kingdom
    22/03/08
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    "Sadly fisappointing"

    Having read all of Wilbur Smith's other books I was looking forward to listening to this but found it so hard to get into that I gave up.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. C. L. Pollard
    North East Lincolnshire, uk
    20/10/12
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    "Great finale"

    The Quest is a fantastic finale to a great series. Just wish some producer would pick this one up. Would make a great film.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • wardka
    UK
    14/08/16
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    "Ouch!"

    I love Wilbur Smith's work, all of it including the fanciful Taita; enough that I would buy the audible version of a book I have already read.

    Unfortunately the narration does not do it any favours. In God's name who told you to mimic women voices Mr Mantle? It is toe curling! His attempt at a native African accent is hilarious and an eygptian accent is just awesome in its ability to sound nothing like the previous attempt. Where he restricted himself to reading the book he has a lovely tone of voice which was enjoyable to listen to, real shame he didn't do it for the whole book.

    I won't be buying another audible with this combination again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/08/08
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    "The Quest"

    The book started so well and was a great listen, but when in to a fantasy world at the end. That was disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin
    Ashburton, Devon, United Kingdom
    21/06/09
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    "whoops!"

    whoops for choosing this one
    whoops for it being written
    whoops whoopie whoops!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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