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White Hunters | [Brian Herne]

White Hunters

A little over 100 years ago, East Africa was terra incognita to most whites: a land largely unmapped, sparsely settled by Europeans, and teeming with wildlife. It was the hunter-adventurer's paradise, and by the early 20th century, a small, lionhearted clan of explorers and big-game hunters began leading safaris there for money.
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A little over 100 years ago, East Africa was terra incognita to most whites: a land largely unmapped, sparsely settled by Europeans, and teeming with wildlife. It was the hunter-adventurer's paradise, and by the early 20th century, a small, lionhearted clan of explorers and big-game hunters began leading safaris there for money. They became the legendary White Hunters of Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, men who led manifold adventurers in pursuit of the world's biggest, most dangerous, and most sought-after game.

White Hunters is a nostalgic and densely-packed history of these men and their adventures, from the turn of the century until the 1970s when politics, a growing population, civil strife, and concern about species destruction intervened. Brian Herne has written a virtual and anecdotal Who's Who of White Hunters, crammed with the details of hundreds of hunts and the dozens of men who led them.

©1999 Brian Herne; (P)1999 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"A rich portrait of a magnificent landscape, its animal inhabitants and some of its most reckless human interlopers." (Publishers Weekly)
"An authoritative and colorful study of African safaris that will appeal to armchair adventurers and history buffs alike." (Wall Street Journal)

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    Stephen DubaiUnited Arab Emirates 01-12-07
    Stephen DubaiUnited Arab Emirates 01-12-07 Member Since 2007
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    "A fascinating account ...."

    Having lived in Africa and hunted I found this reading evocative of a time now past and, sadly, of lands now devastated by war & famine.
    It is a fascinating account, beautifully read, of a lifestyle that is now just a part of the history of colonial Africa. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone who has the remotest interesting in hunting, whether in Africa or elsewhere.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Neville EchucaAustralia 01-20-08
    Neville EchucaAustralia 01-20-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Must Read"

    This is a must read for anyone interseted in Big Game hunting past and present and is not just a score board of animals killed. It gives a great insight into the Africa of the first half of the 20th century. If you enjoy reading Capstick then this is for you. The author has a vast knowledge of his subject and I highly recommend this title

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John NuriootpaAustralia 01-08-10
    John NuriootpaAustralia 01-08-10 Member Since 2008
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    "White Hunter, tales of Gentlemen Adventurers"

    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.



    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Charles LYNDON STATION, WISCONSIN, United States 11-18-12
    Charles LYNDON STATION, WISCONSIN, United States 11-18-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "White Hunters."

    This was an OK book. I expected a little more from the book than what I heard but still found it to be an OK. book. It was an interesting time in the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clay Odonnell, TX, USA 07-23-12
    Clay Odonnell, TX, USA 07-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Must Listen for Safari Lovers."
    If you could sum up White Hunters in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Historical, Dangerous.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of White Hunters?

    Many memorable moments of great hunts and I found the history very interesting.


    What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?

    Robert Whitfield did an awesome job in bringing the many short stories to life. He was very easy to listen to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The story of larger than life men who layed it all on the line for others who wanted the adventure of a lifetime.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book and have listened to it two times now. I have been interested in hunting in Africa for many years now and am going on my first safari later this year. This book gave me a historical reference into the lives of the men who laid the foundation for the hunting industry in the Dark Continent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JOHN MININGER QUAKERTOWN, PA USA 07-17-12
    JOHN MININGER QUAKERTOWN, PA USA 07-17-12 Member Since 2001
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    "a Civilization gone with the wind"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it to anyone who ever laid in a tent at night reading the adventures of J.A. Hunter by flashlight and fantasizing of someday owning a Holland & Holland D/B .500 Nitro Express


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history of professional hunters in East Africa.


    Any additional comments?

    A great read.
    I now want to go back and re-read Hunter by Hunter, Bell of Africa, and all the adventures of Kenneth Anderson.
    This was a good accounting of the “heroes” that I remember reading as a kid growing up in the 60s. I would recommend it to anyone who ever laid in a tent at night reading the adventures of J.A. Hunter by flashlight and fantasizing of someday owning a Holland & Holland D/B .500 Nitro Express.

    But it was also bittersweet. I couldn’t help but be reminded somewhat of the forward from a very famous 1939 movie:
    “There was a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called the Old South. Here in this pretty world, Gallantry took its last bow. Here was the last ever to be seen of Knights and their Ladies Fair, of Master and of Slave. Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind.”

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Surfers Paradise, Australia 04-04-12
    Thomas Surfers Paradise, Australia 04-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow - It is not just for hunters."
    Would you consider the audio edition of White Hunters to be better than the print version?

    Hard to say


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is down to earth, newer a boring moment, it is all about people and life.


    What does Robert Whitfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'm sure will enjoy it again.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I could not stop at all.


    Any additional comments?

    Five star all over.Thank you Brian and Robert it was a team work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steyn Wierdapark, South Africa 09-01-11
    Steyn Wierdapark, South Africa 09-01-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great history"

    This is actually a history lesson presented as a story - I enjoyed it until the end.

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    Tim Sarasota, FL, United States 02-02-11
    Tim Sarasota, FL, United States 02-02-11
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    "White Hunters"

    Well worth the credit! Although I've traveled to over 25 countries, I've never been to Africa (it's on my bucket list), and this book rekindled my wish to visit that part of the world. Although mainly about big game hunting, and the fascinating people involved in that arena, this book is also about Africa. I enjoyed the non-hunting historical background info that was interwoven in this story. I have only "hunted" with a camera for the past 25 years, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. However, if you have no interest whatsoever in hunting, or in Africa, you may want to pass on this one. One last note: I found the narrator to be excellent, and very easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Watertown, MN, USA 09-11-07
    Peter Watertown, MN, USA 09-11-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Pull the trigger"

    This nightmare creeps into your ear and haunts your dreams. Words cannot convey what a terrible book this is. There is no warning that rather than a big game hunter story with excitement, tension and drama, this is a cataloging of the killing of animals with the casual interest of an Excel spreadsheet. Without interest or heart, this book simply lists hunters, their backgrounds, and the number of animals they killed. It's not even NRA exciting. Joe Blow of Kansas killed ten lions. Do not buy this.

    5 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    "Excitement and Tragedy go hand-in-hand"

    White Hunters is a nostalgic insight into the lives of some of the most influential hunters and conservationists to shape the reputation and history of East Africa.

    I am not a hunter, but a conservationist and naturalist. Hunting is an imporatnt, indeed crucial, component of conservation in Africa and this audiobook chronicles the events that led to the beginings of Wildlife Conservation, the National Parks service and today's Photo Safaris. But it is more than this, 'White Hunters' is a rolling adventure story, pockmarked with passion, intrigue, excitment and tragedy.

    I must admit, I was hoping for a 'Capstick-style' series of adventures and was initially slightly disappointed with the all-too-brief descriptions of wildlife encounters, but as I got into the book, it became clear that, like my fellow reviewer here, no additional sensationalism was needed.

    I have only given this a 4/5, because I ocassioanlly wished there was additional detail to go with the Safari Adventures, and although that would make the book double its already-long-length, it would be even more of a joy.

    This is an audiobook for those interested in Colonial History, Hunting, Wildlife, Real Adventure and most importantly, Africa.

    Ben Waddams

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nils
    thatchamUnited Kingdom
    9/17/09
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    "Brilliant Book"

    This unabridged insight into the history of big game hunting takes you straight to the heart of Africa, once famous names like Carr-Hartley and Selous are bought to life by the fantastically clipped colonial tones of the narrator. Unlike authors of the genre such as Capstick it doesn't over dramatise the events, they don't need it, it simply sets the scene and tells the story. Despite being written by a "Big White Hunter" it sympathetically deals with the socio-political issues that shaped much of Africa and that where ultimately to do more damage to the pursuit of big game than any poacher ( or well meaning conservationalist) ever could. A simply superb epithet to a bye gone age.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "wildlife passion as it was enjoyed"
    What made the experience of listening to White Hunters the most enjoyable?

    When you've got the hunting passion, this is a lovely historical revival of how things were in Africa. In a different era. Hard and harsh, crude and rude, enjoying the tales of a wide variety of hunter: many great and respectful and some just silly and stupid.
    In all a lovely book to enjoy part of these past passions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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