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The Covenant Audiobook

The Covenant: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

James A. Michener's masterly chronicle of South Africa is an epic tale of adventurers, scoundrels, and ministers, the best and worst of two continents, who carve an empire out of a vast wilderness.

From the Java-born Van Doorn family tree springs two great branches: one nurtures lush vineyards, the other settles the interior to become the first Trekboers and Afrikaners. The Nxumalos, inhabitants of a peaceful village unchanged for centuries, unite warrior tribes into the powerful Zulu nation. And the wealthy Saltwoods are missionaries and settlers who join the masses to influence the wars and politics that ravage a nation.

Rivalries and passions spill across the land of The Covenant, a story of courage and heroism, love and loyalty, and cruelty and betrayal, as generations fight to forge a new world.

©1980 James A. Michener (P)2015 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"A prodigious endeavor.... Nowhere else could an American reader unfamiliar with South Africa get so full an understanding of its problems in so engaging a form." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Ralph B. spokane, WA, United States 11-06-15
    Ralph B. spokane, WA, United States 11-06-15 Member Since 2013

    Audible Addict. Hopelessly addicted to Audible and find myself listening to books at every chance. The Audible sales feed my addiction!!

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    "Amazing story, narrator is horrible"

    I am a huge fan of Michener. I read all his books as a young person and love his writing style and the historical sweep of his novels. For years I searched on Audible hopeful that the books would appear in an audio version. I could hardly contain my excitement when they began to appear. However, I think this will be the last book I download. The narrators reading style sounds like he is reading a book aloud at the library to a group on a Saturday afternoon. His voice is flat and unimaginative. The worst part is that he did absolutely no research on the correct pronunciation of common South African words. His butchering of the Afrikaans language is grating on the ears and completely destroys the narrative for me. I am so sad that this authors amazing work was put in the hands of this narrator.

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    Gabriel O'Rielly 11-21-16
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    "Michener = great! Narrator = LESS than mediocre"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who has no respect for narration!


    What other book might you compare The Covenant to and why?

    Michener's books are great - The Source, Centennial, Hawaii, Chesapeake, Caravans, The Drifters, The Covenant are among my favourite books and have been re-read multiple times.


    What didn’t you like about Larry McKeever’s performance?

    I would not classify McKeever's efforts as a "performance"! Listening to him massacre a book like the "The Covenant" ranks as torture and as a literary crime. Could you not have found someone less robotic to narrate beloved books? It seems as though you chose someone you KNEW would disgust fans of Michener's classics!


    Any additional comments?

    Have Michener's books re-done by a narrator with respect for what he is reading!

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    Heather Hopper 09-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Narrator ruined an excellent book!"
    Would you try another book from James A. Michener and/or Larry McKeever?

    I've listened to a lot of books on tape, but Larry McKeever was the worst narrator I've ever heard! He was soooooo boring! I gave up listening to him because of his terrible dull, and monotone performance. So sad because I've read this book before, and it's a fantastic story!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Please please have someone else narrate this book!


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    charlene immell 09-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book."

    This book is outstanding historical fiction that I truly enjoyed. I recommend it highly. I wish an update could be written to bring us past 1980.

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    Joseph Totton 05-31-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Another great epic by Michener!"

    Michener is a great story teller as he weaves a compelling story around historical facts! The Covenant does not disappoint!

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    Grandma SS 10-15-15
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    "Robotic Reading Performance"
    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader sounded like a robot which ruined the entire experience. I love James Michener's books but it was unbearable listening.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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