If you are interested in tales of high adventure, safaris and big game hunting in Africa, this is a book for you.
"White Hunters" details the adventures, lives and often deaths of some of Africa's explorers, white professional hunters, and characters from a period of African history which can no longer be experienced.
Having heard or read of some of the individuals portrayed in the book it was fascinating to hear of more of their exploits. Some of the individuals in the book are still alive but fewer each year. It is fascinating to meet these adventurers in person as well as in this book.
Listening to the safaris and big game hunting exploits brings forth "the smell of cordite in the morning" from their double rifles firing cigar sized Nitro Express cartridges.
Audible bring us more books like this one.
Enjoyable book but not up to the usual Clavell standard set by Shogun, Noble House and Taipan. But it does help to fill in the story gaps somewhat and the rivalry and enmity between the HK corporate houses. Worth reading or listening too for that reason at lease.
The character development in the book is a little flat and more akin to a cheap romance novel but not quite! It lacks the depth of machinations of the other books.
John Lee is a good narrator.
A swashbuckling adventure about the establishment of Hong Kong and the Struan company in the days of gun boat diplomacy and opium trading. Struan's is based on a true company by another name which had its tentacles throughout Asia.
James Clavell again produces a book not to be missed and with Shogun forms a loose beginning for his other Asian books.
John Lee is a great narrator too.
While this book was written some years ago and thus sometimes is dated the subject matter is very topical for current times.
There is interesting investigations into the social consequences and reactions within the book.
Not up to the standard of Frank Herbert's other books but still worth listening to if the subject matter is of interest or wish to enjoy another Herbert book.
Scott Brick the narrator could perk his narration up however.
Great story and excellent narrator. An enjoyable story of Hong Kong and the business machinations of its European Taipans. I visited HK for the first time in 1988 because I enjoyed this book so much and have been back since. Although it has changed since the period of this story, HK still has the smell of money. A story of a time recently past.
Gretchen is spot on with her review: "Although the storyline was good, the audio was poor. It sounded like the narrator was in an empty room with a bad echo."
To this I would add the reader Jim Roberts reads the story in a flat monotone which makes an interesting story almost unbearable.
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