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Menace emanated from them as fiercely as the heat from the sun. Night and day, the drums never stopped, a constant reminder of the mortal threat that hung over them. She could hear them booming across the waters, like the heartbeat of the monster.  

An unimaginable enemy will bring them together.... 

In the burning heat of the Sudanese sun, the city of Khartoum is under siege from the fearsome forces of the Mahdi, the charismatic leader of those who tire of the brutal Egyptian government. In Khartoum, along with thousands of innocent citizens, are trapped the fanatical General Charles Gordon, intrepid soldier Penrod Ballantyne of the 10th Hussars, English trader Ryder Courtney and the British consul and his three beautiful daughters.  

As rescue becomes increasingly unlikely, this group of Queen Victoria's loyal citizens must unite to prepare themselves against a nightmarish enemy, and for the savage battle to survive that must surely follow.... 

The Courtneys meet the Ballantynes in a sweeping adventure.

©2005 Wilbur Smith (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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  • 09-06-2020

Like Snow White Reading a Stephen King Novel 😣

I have never struggled so much with a book in all my life! The narrator, who is probably a great guy, was without a doubt the WORST person in the world to read a Wilbur Smith book. It was seriously like Snow White reading a Stephen King novel. Please, please just stick to Sean as narrator Wilbur. 🙏

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Very good indeed!

I am working my way through the Courtney series in chronological order and this is very different to the regular ones.
the regular Courtney series are read by Sean Barrett, with the southern African accent work well, especially given they are set in Africa. However, this one was read by Elliot Chapman, a British accented narrator, and this works extremely well too, given the largely English type characters.
his Arab voices work well too and it is one of the best in the series so far!
thoroughly enjoyed and recommend to anyone doing the same 👌😎🤠

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The Narrator Elliot Chapman a disaster

I have been hooked on the Wilbur Smith Courtney Novels, reading them in chronological order. Elliot Chapman would be more suited to reading children's books. His impression of the Arab characters all sound the same and sound like "Achmed the Dead Terrorist" by ventriloquist Jeff Dunham.

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One of my favourite subject sites, North Africa.

I love these stories, the characters have great depth, for either good or evil. The settings are historically wonderful, romantic, tragic, very real and grab your attention. The wild life is described beautifully and are so easy to see in your minds eye. A great read.

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Took a long time to get going and Arab names were hard to follow. I prefer W S in southern Africa. Maybe just me

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Another of Wilbur Smith's Great books.

A wonderful book that was hard to put down. Wilbur Smith at his usual best!

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  • BB
  • 21-04-2019

needs chapters

it's a struggle listening to this book, since it is not separated into sections or chapters

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-08-2020

Good book... read by a bored babysitter

I really liked this book when I read the print version...but this narrator reads it like he is a bored babysitter who desperately wants you to go to sleep. Seriously bad. He reads without much inflection, and what there is is inappropriate. His character voices are absurd and he speaks too fast. Slowing the playback down helps a little, but not enough. Should be re-recorded by an actor with a heartbeat.

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  • Rob Duke
  • 09-07-2019

A good story

The exploits of Penrod are somewhat "James Bond-like" where he is able to escape every time, just in the nick of time.
Would have liked more on the revenge side, but then we would place revenge above justice and mans' forgiveness of man.
I feel that the books take a long time to develop the characters and feelings and goes into great detail of minor events but almost race through the end leaving the reader with a bit of "Oh so all that for nothing?"
Otherwise the narrator could give more to pronounciation of the typical South African words - like Koppie Vereeniging, etc.
Keep going Wilbur - always a good read.

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  • MISS V.
  • 13-01-2022

awful narrator

narrator is so bad that o had to stop listening. can't say how the story was as I couldn't bear listening to the narrator. waste of a credit.

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  • Frazz
  • 30-06-2021

good book

good listen but narrator not as good as others that have narrated Wilbur Smith's books

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-11-2020

Worth a listen

The start of the book was a bit slow and monotonous, but the story is still worth a listen. It picks up and draws you in, but some parts falls flat, but then gets picked up again. Would recommend

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  • liam mateer
  • 09-03-2020

an amazing story epic wonderful

I love Wilbur Smith Novels and have just finished reading this book again 10 years after originally reading it. fantastic storytelling characters and plot. I would recommend this for any reader especially for people interested in British and African history. This is one of my favorite Wilbur smith novels and actually the first one i did read. A wonderful stand-alone book in his Courtney Ballentine series with a few mentions of other characters we may get to know in other books.One of his best novels and highly recommend.

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  • Jonathan Charles Cracknell
  • 27-01-2020

Overly long

I love a long story but my criticism of Wilbur Smith is that ,the stories are so long, that it is like reading two books, back to back. The history is very interesting I admit, in this case, the death of General Gordon at Khartoum at the hands of Islamic extremists and the routing of the Madhist forces at the battle of Omdurman seems to arrive earlier than it did in history. In fact it was 20 years later 1898. Again with Wilbur Smith the story is over long: I lost track of who was who and what was what! He is a good storyteller without doubt and brings to life the characters involved: His portrait of the enigmatic Gordon is spot on, a muscular Christian as he was described at the time virulently opposed to slavery in the Sudan. The Mahdi is the usual dillusional religious leader hell bent on wiping out "infidels" with his rag tag army of dervishes. After the fall of Khartoum the story becomes confusing and meandering between the fate of the survivors and the approaching nemesis at Omdurman. But Wilbur Smith is a cracking storyteller so if you want a long read then he is your man.

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  • PAOLO SARACINO
  • 03-10-2019

i Courtney incontrano i Ballantyne

Wilbur Smith non smette di scrivere e di regalarci avventure che si dipanano tra guerre e romantiche storie. Questa corre veloce

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