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Birds of Prey

Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Series: Courtney, Book 9
Length: 26 hrs and 34 mins
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A simple mission. A battle for their lives.  

It is 1667, and the war between the Dutch and the English continues apace. Sir Francis Courtney, his son Hal and their crew are carried around the southern tip of the African colonies by the good ship Lady Edwina, licensed to attack and seize the treasure-laden ships of the Dutch East India company. When they capture a Dutch trader and hold the passengers to ransom, Sir Francis hopes only for a good price and a small sense of satisfaction.  

But this is unlawful territory they sail in. An unexpected betrayal will mean the men on board will face greater peril than they have ever faced before - and many good men may never see home again.... 

A Courtney Series adventure - book 1 in the Birds of Prey trilogy.

©2018 Wilbur Smith (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Great adventure from start to finish. Bring you back to pirates and talls ships

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Narritation is wonderful

I didn’t really realize how wonderful a job Sean Barrett did on these books until things changed and I got a new narrator with the next book/audiobook. His pace and styling was exceptional, especially as it carried through the series.

Audiobook itself was a thrilling tale. The writing is entertaining, historically plausible (yeah, it IS fiction), well researched and honestly, a good story. Heck, I’ve been listening to about 15 audiobooks in this series... you think Gone With the Wind is a long book? NAH! If, like me, you want an epic series, this one certainly delivers. Wilbur Smith, I personally want to thank you for many, many, many enjoyable hours of your stories and insights into South Africa. I have a completely new view of that region based on these books.

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  • Paul Whitworth
  • 11-23-19

Good story and narration but......

Typical Wilbur Smith, nice long story about goodies and baddies with a few worthwhile twists. BUT, I find Audible’s own titles frustrating because of the way they are produced. Chapters are so long they become un-navigable. Skip points have no numbering so you have to judge where you were when your listening was interrupted. I won't be buying any more of their productions as their competitors offer an easier read. I have tried to take this up with them but cannot get the point across.

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  • AmTimothy Evans
  • 12-09-19

A good yarn

I enjoyed this story. Good characters good storyline.I would recommend this book, I enjoyed it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-07-19

Properly the best ever way to fall asleep. Boring and droll.

The narration lacks any energy. I have little knowledge of the story as within a few minutes of listening I fall asleep.

Properly the worst narration ever. Lacks energy. Sounds like the reader is close to falling asleep or is bored.

The best story if can’t get to sleep, you soon will be snoozing.


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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-24-19

Loved it

A great narrator who is a good story teller and vocalist, it was a good story and left me wanting to hear more