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  • A Carrion Death: Introducing Detective Kubu

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Michael Stanley
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (190)
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    (60)
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    (59)

    Smashed skull, snapped ribs, and a cloying smell of carrion. Leave the body for the hyenas to devour - no body, no case. But when Kalahari game rangers stumble on a human corpse midmeal, it turns out the murder wasn't perfect after all. Enough evidence is left to suggest foul play. Detective David "Kubu" Bengu of the Botswana Criminal Investigation Department is assigned to the case.

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    "A very wonderfull read."
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    What did you love best about A Carrion Death?

    This was a great intricate detective story in an exotic setting. I believe that I learned much about the atmosphere in that Southern African part of the continent. Learning about a locale that I previously had very little knowledge about is one of the criteria that I use in choosing a book. The characterizations were extremely well-done. I really wish that I knew a character such as Kubu and his family in real life. We would get along very well.

    Often, a novel will come to a conclusion very abruptly, as though there was a publisher's timetable that had to be met. Everything is summed up in a paragraph or two. Here, there was no indication of that. The story was very nicely concluded and did not lead to a


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously, it was the 1st character Kubu (Hippopotamus) the detective, and also his wife. They were people that I would really like to know and call friends in real life. I even liked their dog.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first experience with Simon Prebble and I thought he did an exceptional job in distinguishing between the various characters and their accents. He did a very good job with his interpretations.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Unfortunately, I really do not have time to listen to any book in one sitting. But, in this case, I found that I put off a number of pressing things in order to finish the book. I have no regrets in that regard, as it was very well-rewarded.


    Any additional comments?

    This would make for a great movie. But, I am not sure that there is anyone in Hollywood that would be up to it, without destroying it.

    The other authors that I have liked for much for the same reasons as for this novel are:
    Amitov Ghosh, Bryce Courtenay, and Patrick O'Brian. The books that I have read by them are not

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