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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared." (The Times)
"A master storyteller." (Sunday Times)

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Gripping story

A wonderful expansive tale, with many twists and adventures of the Courtney clan of the 1730's. A must listen.

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The Courtney's take Africa

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.

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  • Peter
  • Prince George, BC, Canada
  • 12-22-13

A solid 3.5 stars. High end Mind Candy.

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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. <br/><br/>I remember reading the book when I was a younger man and enjoyed it more so than listening to it now. <br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>I was glad when it was over. Still, I enjoyed it enough to not ask for my money back.<br/>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)

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  • Gary
  • Carlisle, Australia
  • 06-13-13

Excellent story.

Good story, great characters and well narrated. I would recommend this book as its a great listen.

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  • R. Johnson
  • 05-08-13

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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  • K. Sewell
  • 10-25-13

Dependable read

What made the experience of listening to Blue Horizon the most enjoyable?

Moves along at a fairly cracking pace, the good guys always win.

If you’ve listened to books by Wilbur Smith before, how does this one compare?

They don't vary a lot in quality or style. If you like Wilbur Smith, you will like this one also.

What about Tim Pigott-Smith’s performance did you like?

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.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Patricia
  • 07-27-13

Best ever

What did you like most about Blue Horizon?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

My attention was held throughout and have to say that I rate this the best audible I have listened to so far.

Have you listened to any of Tim Pigott-Smith’s other performances? How does this one compare?

NO but I shall in future

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A true feeling of South Africa

Any additional comments?

Having been to South Africa and know a little of its history the book bought it to life.

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  • eugene woodward
  • 08-27-17

very good

very enjoyable storyline I hope there's a follow up that book let me know} hope there's a follow up this book is the in.store.


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  • Ian
  • 03-13-17

Fantastic and unabridged

Great book, lots of action and story lines. Come on Audible, why don't you offer the other books in the series in the unabridged format?

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  • Tanya Summerfield
  • 02-23-17

Awesome

Loved every minute of this enthralling ssga about the Courtneys.
Looking forward to the next episode....

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  • alexander
  • 01-05-17

another typical great exciting Wilbur Smith

good alround excellent read
i have now read almost everything he has written to date.

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  • SJBJ18463
  • 12-19-16

Good book hard to put down.

Loved it.
A great carousing book with many curious twists and turns. There are enough cliff hangers that I often missed my stop during the week.

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  • Paul
  • 09-04-16

Standard Wilbur Smith.

Easy listening. Swashbuckling adventure with predictable characters. Very cheesy lines awash. He does churn these novels out!

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  • Willy Eckerslyke
  • 08-15-16

not the best.

Usual good story from Wilbur Smith.
Enjoyment spoiled by frequent pauses followed by a repeat of the previous couple of words.
Very disappointed by the standard of the narration. Many of the attempted accents were atrocious. At least one accent would have won first prize as a Dalek interpretation

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-18-17

Xclnt

loved it, have read the book myself but a great way to hear it at work

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  • Benjamin
  • 09-04-16

Great book

loved the narrator's singing of Spanish Ladies and this is easily my fav book of the Courtney series.

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  • Carel
  • 07-19-16

very good book

it was hard to stop listening to it. l would recommend it to anyone who loves a adventure story