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An Empty Coast

By: Tony Park
Narrated by: Mark Davis
Series: Sonja Kurtz, Book 2
Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
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Sonja Kurtz - former soldier, supposedly retired mercenary - is in Vietnam carrying out a personal revenge mission when her daughter sends a call for help.

Emma is on a dig at the edge of Namibia's Etosha National Park, studying archaeology, and she's discovered a body that dates back to the country's liberation war of the 1980s.

The remains, identified as Hudson Brand, are a key piece of a puzzle that will reveal the location of a modern-day buried treasure. A find people will kill for.

Sonja returns to the country of her birth to find Emma, but she's missing.

Former CIA agent Hudson Brand is very much alive and is also drawn back to Namibia to finally solve a decades-old mystery whose clues are entombed in an empty corner of the desert.

©2015 Tony Park (P)2015 Bolinda

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This became impossible to listen to. The performance was the poorest of all the many I have listened to. Pronunciation attempts at simple words in the different languages spotted throughout the contents, fail dismally. What happened to phonetics? The story is beyond comment and listening to half the book was painful.

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  • Lareine
  • 01-05-20

Good story, not so great narration

I like Tony Park books, but again I'm not keen on the narration. Accents were terrible, and pronunciations made me cringe. His tone throughout was uninteresting, and I found myself repeating things more realistically. I found it frustrating, which is why its been a while since I last listened to one of Tony's books.
I seriously wonder about who chooses the narrators for these books. Why can't they find someone who knows a little about the names in the country. There must be some narrators who have lived in Southern Africa who could give a more realistic rendition!

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  • Frodo & Co
  • 03-03-16

lovely Africa story

Would you listen to An Empty Coast again? Why?

Even though most good guys are a bit super-natural it's fun to enjoy the excellence of their skills.

What did you like best about this story?

Great story telling and with the setting in Africa, it's just hours to enjoy!

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  • Johan
  • 01-11-16

Good yarn, disappointing narration

Having lived in South Africa and conscripted into the conflict in Namibia in the eighties, I can relate to the events in this story. Tony Park always researches his novels well. I felt that he laboured the theme of rhino horn poaching rather excessively, and that detracted from the overall momentum of the plot. I did like the fact that the author brought to light the futility of this dirty proxy war, and the avarice and greed of personal agendas that make any war so abhorrent.
My only real gripe with this audio book is the narrator. His fake South African and German accents grate on the nerves, and his pronunciation of Afrikaans words and Namibian place names is cringe worthy. With a little homework, the narrator could have rendered a much more polished performance.