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The Covenant Audiobook

The Covenant: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

James A. Michener's masterly chronicle of South Africa is an epic tale of adventurers, scoundrels, and ministers, the best and worst of two continents, who carve an empire out of a vast wilderness.

From the Java-born Van Doorn family tree springs two great branches: one nurtures lush vineyards, the other settles the interior to become the first Trekboers and Afrikaners. The Nxumalos, inhabitants of a peaceful village unchanged for centuries, unite warrior tribes into the powerful Zulu nation. And the wealthy Saltwoods are missionaries and settlers who join the masses to influence the wars and politics that ravage a nation.

Rivalries and passions spill across the land of The Covenant, a story of courage and heroism, love and loyalty, and cruelty and betrayal, as generations fight to forge a new world.

©1980 James A. Michener (P)2015 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"A prodigious endeavor.... Nowhere else could an American reader unfamiliar with South Africa get so full an understanding of its problems in so engaging a form." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Ralph B. spokane, WA, United States 11-06-15
    Ralph B. spokane, WA, United States 11-06-15 Member Since 2013

    Audible Addict. Hopelessly addicted to Audible and find myself listening to books at every chance. The Audible sales feed my addiction!!

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    "Amazing story, narrator is horrible"

    I am a huge fan of Michener. I read all his books as a young person and love his writing style and the historical sweep of his novels. For years I searched on Audible hopeful that the books would appear in an audio version. I could hardly contain my excitement when they began to appear. However, I think this will be the last book I download. The narrators reading style sounds like he is reading a book aloud at the library to a group on a Saturday afternoon. His voice is flat and unimaginative. The worst part is that he did absolutely no research on the correct pronunciation of common South African words. His butchering of the Afrikaans language is grating on the ears and completely destroys the narrative for me. I am so sad that this authors amazing work was put in the hands of this narrator.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Terry 02-14-17
    Terry 02-14-17
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    "Narrator"
    Any additional comments?

    To fix the issue with the narrator just set the playback speed to 1.25x. Then he sounds just fine - no issues at all. <br/>

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    Heather Hopper 09-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Narrator ruined an excellent book!"
    Would you try another book from James A. Michener and/or Larry McKeever?

    I've listened to a lot of books on tape, but Larry McKeever was the worst narrator I've ever heard! He was soooooo boring! I gave up listening to him because of his terrible dull, and monotone performance. So sad because I've read this book before, and it's a fantastic story!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Please please have someone else narrate this book!


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    Kandice Hawaii 07-18-17
    Kandice Hawaii 07-18-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Reader is fine."

    I've listened to almost all of Michener's books read by Larry Mckeever and I think he does fine, except for an occasional misprounciation. Michener never fails to weave an interesting tale. Wish he left out some of the graphic violence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    william smith 06-07-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Defense of the narrator"
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    I felt I had to do this review after reading so many negative comments about the narrator. I read this and most of Michener's works years ago and was thrilled that they were now available on Audible. I nearly didn't get this book because of the reviews of the narrator, but because I liked the book so much I decided to take the plunge.<br/> Indeed, at first I wasn't impressed by the narration and I even tried increasing the speed to 1.25 as someone suggested but that just sounded silly. However I stayed with it and found that after awhile I really started to get into the narrator's voice. It was kind of like having your father or an old uncle reading a book to you. He has a rich baritone and his enunciation is perfect. I know that in these days of more highly theatrical performances in audiobooks some might find this one lacking. But the vocal inflections of the different characters are there, they're just more nuanced than some other performers. The more I listened, the more I came to appreciate this narrator's excellent job in reading this book. I will not hesitate to buy other Michener books read by this narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MJD 06-03-17
    MJD 06-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "HORRIBLE NARRATOR"

    Do not waste your money. He speaks like a computer. I couldn't finish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gabriel O'Rielly 11-21-16
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    "Michener = great! Narrator = LESS than mediocre"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who has no respect for narration!


    What other book might you compare The Covenant to and why?

    Michener's books are great - The Source, Centennial, Hawaii, Chesapeake, Caravans, The Drifters, The Covenant are among my favourite books and have been re-read multiple times.


    What didn’t you like about Larry McKeever’s performance?

    I would not classify McKeever's efforts as a "performance"! Listening to him massacre a book like the "The Covenant" ranks as torture and as a literary crime. Could you not have found someone less robotic to narrate beloved books? It seems as though you chose someone you KNEW would disgust fans of Michener's classics!


    Any additional comments?

    Have Michener's books re-done by a narrator with respect for what he is reading!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Grandma SS 10-15-15
    Grandma SS 10-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Robotic Reading Performance"
    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader sounded like a robot which ruined the entire experience. I love James Michener's books but it was unbearable listening.


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    Susan Baus New York City 08-09-17
    Susan Baus New York City 08-09-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Story depressing"

    The story was too descriptive of the blood and gore with unclear context. But narrator was great.

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    R. Eicher 04-16-17
    R. Eicher 04-16-17

    Kevin Eicher

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    "Reader is not as bad as everyone says"

    I read a lot of reviews that excoriated the reader Larry McKeever. I listen to this entire book and I enjoyed his reading so I guess each to his own. If you refuse to listen to this book because of some reviews about for performance, then you are missing out.

    This book and the storyline is majestic, amazing, beyond understanding, and he does an outstanding job at painting the picture of South Africa and its development.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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