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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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    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.
    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.

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    Alan 09-06-17
    Alan 09-06-17
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    "Very interesting"
    Where does The Covenant rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a look into something I know very little about. I read a claim that it was plagiarized but hunose. A SA friend said it was pretty much right on factually.


    What does Larry McKeever bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's excellent


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed it. Discovered about a friend's roots in France. (Huguenot)

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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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    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.

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

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    Terry 02-14-17
    Terry 02-14-17
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    To fix the issue with the narrator just set the playback speed to 1.25x. Then he sounds just fine - no issues at all.

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    Joseph Totton 05-31-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Another great epic by Michener!"

    Michener is a great story teller as he weaves a compelling story around historical facts! The Covenant does not disappoint!

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    Grandma SS 10-15-15
    Grandma SS 10-15-15
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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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