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A Falcon Flies

The Ballantyne Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Elliot Chapman
Series: The Ballantyne Series, Book 1
Length: 21 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Falcon Flies is the first best-selling novel in Wilbur Smith's epic tale of Africa, The Ballantyne Novels.  

In search of a father they barely remember, Zouga and Dr Robyn Ballantyne board Mungo St John's magnificent clipper to speed them to Africa. But long before they sight that mighty continent, Robyn knows that she and Mungo will battle with all the fury of natural enemies - and love with all the desperation of those unable to evade the commands of fate. For if she can bring hope and healing to Africa's fever-ridden shores, he, a lawless trader in human cargo, will possess any man - or woman - he chooses....

Set in 1860, this gripping tale is followed by Men of Men, The Angels Weep and The Leopard Hunts in Darkness.

©1980 Wilbur Smith (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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It made me sad

The slaughter of the elephants was too much for me. It made me feel sick and I had to skip over it. Other than that it was a good story.

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A Good Read!

Enjoyed the book very much though not as much as the previous Wilbur Smith books I have read.

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  • 07-07-2019

Such a disappointment after reading the Courtney Series ☹️

What went wrong Wilbur? I had to return this book after a couple of chapters because it was unbearable! It read like some B Grade romance novel with the female protagonist depicted as a scatterbrain who doesn’t know her own mind when it comes to a handsome man YET was apparently smart enough to sneak her way through medical school while posing as a boy for years. Pleeease! And don’t get me started on the Narration. Elliot Chapman sounds like some sort of English dandy! His voice is totally unsuitable for this type of story... what happened to Sean who read the Courtney series? This is one series I definitely won’t be reading. 🤨

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  • JDD
  • 06-04-2019

very good start to the series

As with the Courtney series, the era is of tall master ship, real men and adventure. I can not wait for the next book.

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  • Peet Steyn
  • 14-01-2019

Storytelling that makes you want to read more

Get ready for a good old African Safari in high gear. "A Falcon flies" is a gripping story with a number of interesting sub-stories that keeps the tale interesting and entices the reader to keep on listening chapter after chapter. The novel gives one wonderful insight into the challenges and daily life of African explorers in the 19th century with great detail and delightful adventure. The Narrator also makes for an easy and enjoyable listen.
Great Book!

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  • Michael
  • 28-09-2019

WS Fan

Been waiting for years for this Audible unabridged series. one of the riveting story tellers.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-01-2019

Taste of time since past

Interesting and engaging with hints of excitement.,the passage of time has done little dilute the story

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  • Khonsu
  • 02-08-2019

Simply the classic Wilbur Smith everyone loves

There are only positives about this book. It's the first of the Ballantyne novels and Wilbur gives it the ready with both barrels.

As he became famous for, his scene settings and ability to bring the reader into the period is unsurpassed.

Just listen to the audio book or read the paperback - classic.

Elliot Chapman is a master narrator.

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  • stuart
  • 06-06-2019

fantastic book well worth the money

fantastic book with a awesome story line. the only thing that let it down for me as was the narrator not been able to pronounce the South African words.

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  • Willy J
  • 30-10-2019

a touch disappointing

not of the same calibre as the Courtney series. won't be listening to the next installment