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Blue Horizon | [Wilbur Smith]

Blue Horizon

At the close of Wilbur Smith's best-selling Monsoon, Tom Courtney and his brother, Dorian, battled on the high seas and finally reached the Cape of Good Hope to start life afresh.

In this spellbinding new novel, the next generation of Courtneys are out to stake their claim in Southern Africa, travelling along the infamous "Robber's Road". It is a journey both exciting and hazardous, that takes them through the untouched wilderness of a beautiful land filled with warring tribes and wild animals.

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Publisher's Summary

At the close of Wilbur Smith's best-selling Monsoon, Tom Courtney and his brother, Dorian, battled on the high seas and finally reached the Cape of Good Hope to start life afresh.

In this spellbinding new novel, the next generation of Courtneys are out to stake their claim in Southern Africa, travelling along the infamous "Robber's Road". It is a journey both exciting and hazardous, that takes them through the untouched wilderness of a beautiful land filled with warring tribes and wild animals.

At heart a story of love and hatred, vengeance and greed, Blue Horizon is an utterly compelling adventure from one of the world's most celebrated novelists.

©2003 Wilbur Smith (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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"Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared." (The Times)

"A master storyteller." (Sunday Times)

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    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 12-22-13
    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 12-22-13
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    "A solid 3.5 stars. High end Mind Candy."
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    A great adventure. Characters are easy to follow but a bit shallow. Most of the side plots are predictable. If it were not for the girlfriends and wives needing rescue, the Courtney boys would have little to do besides their manly pursuits of hunting, sailing and riding stallions.

    I remember reading the book when I was a younger man and enjoyed it more so than listening to it now.

    The adventure is what holds this book together. It may have been better if the women were not always so helpless. All the male white characters were virtually identical as were the male black characters. There seemed to be no depth of individuality that separates the characters.

    I was glad when it was over. Still, I enjoyed it enough to not ask for my money back.
    Some say his books are sexist and racist. They must consider the book is set in early 1700's. This is what made me glad the book was over. I don' t think I'll listen to anymore W.Smith. (Take Master and Commander for example - much better)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Carlisle, Australia 06-13-13
    Gary Carlisle, Australia 06-13-13
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    "Excellent story."

    Good story, great characters and well narrated. I would recommend this book as its a great listen.

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  • Mr. T. J. riach
    london uk
    7/6/13
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    "Wilbur Smiths Blue Horizon"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Blue Horizon to be better than the print version?

    They are too different to be truly compared as it would depend on need and mood. For myself I enjoyed the audio version the best at this time as I do not currently have the time to sit back and enjoy the written version. The written version lets you more readily use your imagination with regards to picturing characters and places, whereas the audio, also gets your imagination working but provides the voices to the characters for you.


    What other book might you compare Blue Horizon to, and why?

    Executive Orders by Tom Clancy as both can be considered as true epic journeys and hold you until the very end and then leave you on your knee's begging for another instalment.


    What does Tim Pigott-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He does have a talent for bringing characters to life, He makes you sit up and pay attention just with the tone of his voice.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As with any book like this epic journey across south africa, it is an emotional roller coaster, it has you laughing, fit to burst with outrage, somber with contemplation, mourning the loss of favourite characters.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • K. Sewell
    Cardiff, Wales
    10/25/13
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    "Dependable read"
    What made the experience of listening to Blue Horizon the most enjoyable?

    Moves along at a fairly cracking pace, the good guys always win.


    If you’ve listened to books by Wilbur Smith before, how does this one compare?

    They don't vary a lot in quality or style. If you like Wilbur Smith, you will like this one also.


    What about Tim Pigott-Smith’s performance did you like?

    Brillant reader. What an amazing number of accent he can do, and switch between them in an instant where the dialogue calls for it. I take my hat off to the guy for his infinite energy and stoicism. Kept up the pace and the tension throughout.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really emotionally moving, This is high fantasy, so can't really give it a serious emotional response. It did make me laugh though, sometimes because of its sheer predictability. Also the reader's perfect pitch made it extra funny.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a very long listen, containing many different stories within it. I would never have read it in book form, as it would be too big an investment in time, and it is not literarily challenging, but as an audiobook whilst performing other tasks, it was perfect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    SELSEY, United Kingdom
    7/27/13
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    "Best ever"
    What did you like most about Blue Horizon?

    Tom Piggot Smith was absolutely wonderful as the narrator of this book. Wilbur Smith delivered a fantastic story which I Couldn't put down. Please give us some more of the same.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My attention was held throughout and have to say that I rate this the best audible I have listened to so far.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Pigott-Smith’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    NO but I shall in future


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A true feeling of South Africa


    Any additional comments?

    Having been to South Africa and know a little of its history the book bought it to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bob
    godalming, United Kingdom
    5/8/13
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    "A Good Long Listen"

    I normally listen to books on an ipod in my car, shortish bursts of 35 to 40 minutes at a time. Not this book, it grabbed me so completely I spent most of two days listening and was really quite sad when it ended. Good standard Wilbur Smith, lots of thud and blunder, great descriptions (especially the plague) and at times a real tear jerker. TPS a star reader who managed the various accents convincingly and kept the tale rollicking along.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. J. M. Cant
    UK
    6/2/14
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    "A great book, ruined by bad narration."
    Would you be willing to try another one of Tim Pigott-Smith’s performances?

    I'm afraid not. TIm Pigott-Smith reads nicely, but absolutely ruined the book for me with the most dreadful voices of the native African characters. Each was over performed to an extent that my best desciription would be that of a 1960's cabaret act impersionating an African.

    I found it quite cringeworthy and distracting from the characters I formed in my head. As an avid Wilbus Smith reader I cannot say how disappointed I was.

    I've listened to a number of books recently and have been spoilt by the talent of Raul Esparza, John Slattery, and Craig Wasson. All have voiced each character with a skill that leaves you wanting more. If you've not listened to them yet I recommend you do!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment - I've wanted an unabridged Wilbur Smith book for so long.


    Any additional comments?

    If anyone knows of where to find an unabridged version of River God - my favourite Wilbur, please leg me know !!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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