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The lion charged. He came straight at them out of the thicket as his mate had done, but even more swiftly, driven by the agony in his belly and the black rage that filled him. He came grunting like a locomotive at full throttle, and they were unprepared. 

Hunters. Hunted. 

Sean Courtney, ex-guerilla fighter in the Bush War, is now a man of peace, leading hunting safaris in Zimbabwe for wealthy men. His current client is Riccardo Monterro, a strong-headed man whose beautiful, strong-minded daughter Claudia has reluctantly accompanied him on the search for the greatest of all trophies: the old bull elephant Tukutela.  

But the elephant, and Riccardo's obsession, will lead them over the border into a Mozambique still devastated by civil war. What began as a rich man's holiday will become a desperate battle for survival - and Sean must help them escape the most dangerous predator of all: Man.

©2018 Wilbur Smith (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Another master piece

Great story from the hunting of elephants to the horrors of civil war in mosambique and from hate to love. Wilbur Smith is the great story teller!

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The narration is outstanding

It’s as though Sean Barrett’s voice and style were made for the epics that are Wilbur Smith novels. Engaging, entertaining and efficacious.

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Bloody brilliant!

outstanding as always!
Sean Barrett is one of the masters of the audio book game, and each book is a pleasure to listen to.

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A Fantastic Book!

I loved this book..it was enthralling! Just hope there is a sequel!
Sean Barrett does an amazing job reading Wilbur Smith's books.

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Couldn’t have been any better

Definitely one of his best and I will be listening to this several times again in the future

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  • C21H30O5
  • 13-10-2020

If I hear the name Sean, or Siân, one more time...

I've never read a Wilbur Smith book before, so bought this audiobook on the strength of the author's reputation. Forgetting that it was a book lasting 21 hours, I kept thinking it had come to an end, only to find it hadn't.

It's basically a love story between Claudia and Sean. They hate each other to start with, and end up besotted with each other.

Sean Barrett has an interesting voice. He is English, yet has a South African twang to his voice when speaking naturally.
His voice is excellent for descriptive passages.

However, his attempts to be Claudia, using a not-very-good American accent in falsetto tones, whereby Sean is pronounced as Siân, are rather embarrassing.

Even more embarrassing are the sex scenes, be they between lions, other animals, or between 'Siân' and Claudia. His voice is like your dad. Listening to these scenes is toe-curling. It's like your dad sitting there in front of you reading them. Just unbearable. Horribly descriptive scenes of body parts and sex, and longing for them to be over!

The author uses the name of Sean much too much. Sean this, Sean that, Sean the other. People speaking to Sean say Sean every couple of sentences. There were plenty of occasions when a pronoun would have been easier on the ear.

The second half of the book is much better than the first half, and the last third is really rather exciting.

A bit too mushy in places, but I might listen to it again one day, but miss out the first half, and fast-forward through the toe-curling bits!

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  • Jamie Andrew Melrose
  • 16-10-2020

African adventure!

Exciting story but the parts which really captivated me were Smith's beautiful descriptions of Africa, its wilderness and landscapes. Felt rather melancholy at parts, but worth a read for sure.

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  • laineyboy
  • 20-07-2020

great story

Easy listening action and adventure story. Maybe a bit long. Enjoyed it though. Well written.

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  • Paul Thompson
  • 10-08-2021

Run for your life

Again another action packed tale of Adventure by Wilbur Smith, Expertly narrated by the great Sean Barrett

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  • Robert B.
  • 03-07-2021

A well crafted story, gripping to the very end.

Excellent description of the African scenery and insightful of the Rhodesia UDI. Marvellous accompaniment to gym training.

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  • PeeBee
  • 15-06-2021

Disappointing

I’ve read and now listened to all of Wilbers long list of books. The only thing to say of this one is Sean Courtney should have shot the heroine in the first chapter and we could have all gone home. Waste of 20 hours of listening.

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  • Summer
  • 10-06-2021

Awful

So bad. It's a Mills and Boon for men. I couldn't finish it and sadly bought it on a two for one deal otherwise I'd have returned it within the first half hour of listening. A sad waste of a credit.

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  • eushopper
  • 17-04-2021

It's been a long time - enjoyed it

I have read a few of Wilbur Smith's books in my teenage years - around the time and few years after this book was written (1989). They revealed an interesting world of Africa, strong, heroic men, beautiful women, fighting, cruelty, hunting, etc. and gripping stories.
After almost 30 years, this book popped up while browsing for something to listen in the garden, so without knowing which series from Wilbur Smith this belongs to, I just clicked on it and started to listen.
The book starts with a hunt and the quite obvious setup of Sean vs Claudia, well written as I remembered from this author - but I was wondering how he will end up filling the 21 hours with such a predictable story...
Well, he has done a great job. While I enjoyed listening the descriptions of Wild Africa and the life on the safari, he kept my attention and the story was warming up - the 21 hours was quickly flying away.
The end felt a bit sudden to me, as if the author had reached the limit of characters in his book or something, but the fact that I would have happily listened further, shows that the book is alright...
The author already speaks in past tense about "Wild Africa", destroyed wildlife, back in 1989 (story is from 1987), that is 3 decades ago... Sad to think about what he would write nowadays...

The narrator, Sean Barrett is excellent, six stars to me - no wonder that I see him narrating many of the other Wilbur Smith books... He became one of my favorite voice in Audible, I would happily listen any other book in his narration, I started to browse the long list of books he narrated, to see if I find anything interesting.
I listen to much more non-fiction than fiction, but next time I want a relaxing listen, who knows, maybe I pick another book narrated by Sean Barrett or maybe even from Wilbur Smith.

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  • ian stevenson
  • 03-09-2020

Gripping.

Another great book . narration by Sean Barrett is first class again. Loved it.

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  • John Booth
  • 01-09-2020

amazing and exceptionally well read.

well writtenand well read. Another awesome book. From start to finish this book keeps you on the edge of your seat. Very easy to listen to sean barrett ,harder to stop.

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