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Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Dark Star Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Dion Graham
Series: The Dark Star Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 24 hrs and 1 min
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. 

Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter - and he always works alone. But when he is engaged to find a child who disappeared three years ago, he must break his own rules, joining a group of eight very different mercenaries working together to find the boy.

Following the lost boy's scent from one ancient city to another, into dense forests and across deep rivers, Tracker starts to wonder: who is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And, most important of all, who is telling the truth and who is lying?

Drawing from vivid African history and mythology, Marlon James weaves a saga of breathtaking adventure and powerful intrigue - a mesmerising, unique meditation on the nature of truth and power.

©2019 Marlon James (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Alison
  • 31-05-2019

Utter tripe

An insult to every African who is working for a better future for Africa. The story line is non existent.

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  • designislovely3033
  • 18-02-2019

An Incredible Afro-Fantastic Odyssey

One of the most addictive books I’ve picked up in a long time, with a plot that seems to thicken and revel it self in equal measure as you go on. Marlon James has created a complexly crafted ancient fantasy world where distinctions between good and bad, hero and anti-hero, right and wrong are blurred indeed, brilliantly critiquing and poking fun at our ‘modern’ day conceptions and ideologies. James has a great ability of telling stories within stories and this fantasy realm seems to have enough myths, tales and intrigue for many more novels to come.

Stuff of champions.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 10-07-2019

A total headfuck

Took me a while to really work out what was going on and work out the author's style. Glad I stuck with it but I am sure there are bits that went over my head

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  • Mikael
  • 13-04-2019

mostly just obsessed with genitals

The only redeeming grace is that the raw energy, well suited to the African Savannahs, is a refreshing change to much other fantasy that is all too often patterned on courtly love in medieval European settings.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-04-2019

brilliant book and read beautifully.

The story itself really winds you round and round, making sure you are constantly questioning the characters and allowing you many different points of view at many different times throughout the story

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-04-2019

Heavy going

Reads more like a collection of ideas loosely strung together than a coherent story.
The heavy accent and acting of the narrator adds something, but can make an already difficult book very hard to follow at times.
Not like anything I've read before, so interesting in that sense

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-2019

Confusing

Not my thing. I gave it 2 hours to grow on me and I still struggled to follow what was happening

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-03-2019

wonderful prose for a confusing/frustrating story

Fanatastic audio perfirmance helped get through this frustrating book. Confusing story pretty hard to get through and difficult to understand. felt almost like torture porn

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  • Mr. A. J. Quaeck
  • 17-06-2020

In turn both beautiful and disgusting...

Where to begin?

This is dreamlike prose; bloody and gorgeous and obviously offensive to some. (It’s 2020 people. Read some Burroughs for Christ’s sake!!)

This reminds me of the Vorrh, China Mieville, Jeff vandermeer... it’s meandering but punctuated with enough jarring incidents to keep the listener riveted.

I had no issues with the narrator’s accent and genuinely thought it brought authenticity and flesh to the tale. Even the long train-of-thought monologues were gorgeous to listen to, if a bit head ache inducing at times.

The book is an experience, like a play, a journey. So visual.

It’s an adventure, but not in the overdone format of the hero arc; indeed by the end most messages and lessons are well up in the air for debate! It’s certainly unclear if who our “hero” is anyway.

Marlon James weaves African bush fairytales with nightmarish characters and head spinning imagery the whole way through.

Try it, if the audio book doesn’t work then give the novel a go.

Brutal, meandering, stunning.

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  • r p munton
  • 09-06-2020

Incoherent and offensively explicit

Contains nothing of the world-building that a Brief History of 7 Killings contains - and yet it does contain references to bestiality and child sex (2m59s).
Content of that kind should come with a warning - I find it unacceptable whatever the culturo-historical context and you should know before you buy.

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  • Victor
  • 29-05-2020

Not For Me

I really didn't enjoy this book at all. I almost gave it up, but because I received it as a gift I felt obligated to finish it.In the end, the only way I was able to do this was by listening to the audiobook edition.

The narrator did a good job of telling the story, but even still it barely made it bearable compared to reading through the physical book myself.

It's safe to say that I will not be looking out for the next books in this series.