It is in colonial Kenya, at Lord Penfold's White Rhino Hotel, that the paths of these new settlers cross. Here they meet the cunning dwarf Olivio Alevado, a man whose lustful desires and vengeful schemes make him a formidable adversary to his enemies and a subtle ally to his friends. Here the destinies of the gypsy adventurer Anton Rider and the courageous, war-hardened Gwenn Llewelyn intersect. Here hope is corrupted by greed, love by revenge, and loyalty by betrayal as the future is trampled into history.
©1992 Bartle Bull; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"A wing-ding adventure story....The kind of book that creates one of the elemental delights of fiction - a complete other world where, unlike our own, all the parts add up to something." (Boston Globe)
"A genuine epic centered in Africa, by a writer who knows how to write, who knows his terrain intimately, who knows how to paint his characters convincingly, and who knows how to spin a good yarn." (Forbes Magazine)
"Bartle Bull has a story to tell, and he tells it memorably....Bull's knowledge of Africa is profound." (Washington Post Book World)
Overall, a satisfying read. Maybe a bit too
predictable in places, but good writing makes up
for some of that. Pretty good narration. The
story puts you in another time, close to ours, yet very different and in a place (East Africa) that you feel like you come to know, if only a little, better, as you go along. The plotting is not complex or twisted,
but there are a few interesting angles along the
way. The majority of the characters either wear
white hats or black hats...no mistaking most of
them. But there are a couple of characters wearing grey.
It was enjoyable, enough so, to get me interested
in its sequels.
The story is a ripping good yarn, and to be fair, the reader does the dialogue sections fairly well, but the narrative parts are spoken as if Mr. Williams is afraid to not enunciate each word with exactly.thee.same.emphasis. ["Thee" is NOT a typo].
I think I may purchase the other two installments of the trilogy in print editions, rather than buy them in audiobook form, and this is a shame. It's a type of adventure epic that, in the hands of a good dramatic reader, would be fantastic.
I could not follow the story, because the narration of this book is so horrible.
No, my eight year old can read more smoothly than this guy.
I'm 2 hours into this book. The story is ok so far, the narrator is dreadful. He just reads it, there is absolutely no dramatic interpretation.
The characters are well developed and well expressed by the reader. It lends a sense of the grand adventure that Africa once was.
ANton RIder is the main character. He is charsimatic and immerses in all that is Africa at the turn of the century. He is a character that every person seeking his own destiny can relate to.
The great hunt where he could not shoot his prey because it was too perfect.
I enjoyed this book in print form and even more in audible form. I reread this book several times in print before losing it, I am just as happy with the audio version
The story is compelling, the descriptions of Africa stirring and the characters well developed.
The narration, however, is tiring. Why would one choose to have such monotone with such a dramatic setting and story line?
A real shame.
Boring, monotone, over enunciated.
I enjoyed the story and would have really enjoyed it more with a different narrator.
Try this series again with a different narrator.
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