The Voyage of Their Lives gives a compassionate view of refugees from the aftermath of WWII board an unseaworthy ship bound for Australia to rebuild their lives and futures in that far-off land. We hear personal and poignant stories of individuals we come to admire for their resilience after unimaginable suffering as we see them struggle to rebuild their lives.
The book gives a terrifying portrayal of life for the blacks of South Africa under Apartheid that has rarely been exposed by the media.
Hilarious poignant engaging
One of the most memorable moments of the book is when Peter forgets a cardinal rule: don't drive into water without first checking how deep it is. Forced to abandon his clients perched on the only part of the jeep not immersed in the deep channel inhabited by crocodiles to seek help, he ran back to camp, running into a herd of water buffalo, one of Africa's most dangerous animals, on the way. Peter returns to the scene with his unhappy boss, who wraps him in the steel tow chain to
This is my first time listening to Antony Ferguson.
I laughed so hard it ached!
I have lived and worked in Africa, and have enjoyed several safaris. Those who have never had the experience find it hard to believe that you can pass within feet of a huge bull elephant without seeing him in the bush, but Peter brings this home with poignancy and high good humour. He is my kind of wildlife guide.
Anyone who loves nature and wildlife will enjoy this delectable account of life as a young wildlife guide in Botswana.
I shall not likely try another work by this author or one read by the narrators of this book.
Poor writing - or was it possibly well written but tragically lost in translation?, poor, repetitive dialogue together with mediocre narration rendered the characters unbelievable and kept this listener struggling to remain interested in the story.
No. The story idea has merit but not enough for me to recommend the work without a major re-write, a more careful translation and relentless editing.
The lack of inflection in the female narrator's reading made it difficult to listen to, while the male narrators were simply not credible.
Over-writing, liberal use of weary clichés and severe under-editing mar what could potentially have been a good story. Definitely not a book I shall be listening to again.
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