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
"Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared." (The Times)
"A master storyteller." (Sunday Times)
I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.
This is the third book following Bird's of Prey and Monsoon. It tells the story of three generations of Courtney's, and their struggles with each other, the Dutch, Muslims and the wilds of Africa. Tim Piggott-Smith delivers a brilliant performance. This Courtney series is Wilbur Smith at his best.
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)
"Wilbur Smiths Blue Horizon"
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moves along at a fairly cracking pace, the good guys always win.
They don't vary a lot in quality or style. If you like Wilbur Smith, you will like this one also.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My attention was held throughout and have to say that I rate this the best audible I have listened to so far.
NO but I shall in future
A true feeling of South Africa
Having been to South Africa and know a little of its history the book bought it to life.
Read the book a long time ago. Listening to the story reminded me what a great writer Wilbur Smith is.
"Cheap and childish"
Tim Pigott-Smith is one of the best readers
I got this largely for Tim Pigott-Smith’s superb reading. Much as I enjoyed listening to him, I didn’t get very far before returning it. I am not above reading teenage adventure stories. For instance I loved the Name of the Wind and the Mortal Engines series, but this one felt a bit too cheap and childish, even for me.
finely narrated, following the escapades of the Courtney family who have many persistant enemies - gun battles, sword duels, across land and seas with a bit of romance thrown in - I really enjoyed this book.
"Rescuing Tim Pigott-Smith!"
I bought this audiobook because it was narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith. On listening to it, I realised it wasn't TPS. I didn't listen to the rest of it.
Didn't listen to it. The picture on the front is nice though. Does that mean it's a good book?
Tim Pigott-Smith is a narrator without peer! Sadly however, this isn't him.
"A great book, ruined by bad narration."
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!
Disappointment - I've wanted an unabridged Wilbur Smith book for so long.
If anyone knows of where to find an unabridged version of River God - my favourite Wilbur, please leg me know !!!!
"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.
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