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The Sunbird

Narrated by: Piers Hampton
Length: 21 hrs and 19 mins
4 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A lost civilisation. A curse reborn.

Dr Ben Kazin has only a blurred photograph and a gut instinct that there is a lost city to uncover somewhere beneath the Botswana cliffs. Soon, a whispered curse and a chance encounter with a local tribe lead him to discover much more than city foundations.

The curse, it seems, is real, and will link Ben, his oldest friend and the woman they both love with a forgotten leader from 2,000 years ago, in a city of glory and honour that subsequently disappeared without a trace. But what happened to that ancient civilisation? And what is it that connects that lost empire to Ben and the violent dangers he must face in the present day?

An action-packed archaeological adventure from global best seller Wilbur Smith.

©2019 Wilbur Smith (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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A story by half

What a disappointment, the story begins in the today and then draws a parallel to an ancient time and repeats the same base story, no idea what the link is or why but can only think that it was to add bulk pages to the book. Very sloppy work and an insult to readers

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  • Elizabeth Chilcott
  • 25-04-2019

Another spectacular Wilbur Smith book of Africa

Like his River God series, Wilbur Smith weaves a fascinating tale in the past and present with a rich geographic description and wonderfully full fleshed characters. There is plenty of excitement as well.....thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Bj Edwards
  • 30-03-2019

Magic

Wilbur Smith's finest work. Comparible only to River God. When I first read this in my teens, I fell in love with it. It had everything I wanted from a book; archeology, history, battle, gods, everything that made my heart beat just a little faster. I hadn't read the book for over 20 years, and downloaded it with trepidation, concerned that it would no longer hold magic. But, I'm delighted to say, it's still wonderful, and brought to life by an absolutely fantastic performance by the narrator. This book inspired me to be a writer. And now I am, having written three novels and a number of plays and screenpays.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-05-2019

Staggering

One of the most remarkable books of historical fiction from the master story teller Wilbur Smith which, although already read twice years ago, achieved a new level with this incredible narration.

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  • Grandma4919
  • 08-05-2019

Disappointing

Started well, a bit slow but was interesting. I like adventure and archeological books.
Unfortunately it involved hunting and killing wild animals, war zones. Then it jumped to the past and never quite tied up any ends. I have read many lols by the author and enjoyed them. This unfortunately I really didn’t like.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-07-2019

The magic of Wilbur never ceases...

I have read every Wilbur Smith book written - (I read only 1 of his Hector Cross books and will not do so again) and now to have the story and the magic of his imagery come alive in Audible I am "re-reading" these stories which take my breathe away every time, having grown up in South Africa (now living in the UK) watching the tides of political change and experiencing the bush, history and culture of the country I can smell the wood smoke and the sunsets and everything else that he describes so vividly.

I rated the performance slightly lower, although good, not all the South African accents came off so well and tended to grate a little on the ears, but were soon swept up in the story then it did not matter so much!

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  • the truckin chef
  • 15-06-2019

A golden scroll of a book

A gripping and intense story beautifully narrated and very cleverly written only with great reluctance will you put it down