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Publisher's Summary

From one of the world’s most celebrated novelists comes an epic adventure set on the banks of the Nile in Khartoum, 1884.

In the Sudan, decades of brutal misgovernment by the ruling Egyptian Khedive in Cairo precipitate a fierce and bloody rebellion and Holy War headed by a charismatic new religious leader, The Madhi or “Expected One.” The British are forced to intervene to protect their national interests and to attempt to rescue the hundreds of British subjects stranded in the country.

Along with hundreds of others, British trader and businessman, Ryder Courtney is trapped in the capital city of Khartoum. It is here that he meets Captain Penrod Ballantyne of the 10th Hussars, as well as the British Consul, David Benbrook and his three beautiful daughters. Against the vivid and bloody backdrop of the siege of Khartoum, in which British General Charles George Gordon is killed and the British retreat, these three powerful men fight to survive. Rich with vibrant historical detail and infused with his inimitable powers of storytelling, The Triumph of the Sun is Wilbur Smith at his masterful best.

©2005 Wilbur Smith (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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  • MontNeb
  • Oxford, CT, United States
  • 05-02-12

Smith is amazing beyond the telling of it

Would you consider the audio edition of Triumph of the Sun to be better than the print version?

Did not read the print version

Who was your favorite character and why?

Captain Pembroke

What does Tim Pigott-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The flair of the english language and the fanatisism of Islamic Extremists

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but impossible because Smith is epic in his stories that last for at least a generation in time.

Any additional comments?

Read it or listen to it. Wilbur Smith is intoxicatingly brilliant and a genious.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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What a tell --- NOT stop listening!!

The story takes you from the heart of England to the sands of Egypt in one glorious adventure that one can NOT soon forget…. From General Gordon in Khartoum --- three daughters and three men escorted me through horrors of battles & torture to adventure & adoration…. What else could be the bases of a Splendid Story?

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Great historical thriller, action story

What can I say about this book, the narration is fantastic, the story is multi - layered and well developed in every way, the action is separated only by great story and character development, the writing is done with the amazing talent of being able to bring the reader into the world to be able to see it. Even after a week I can still imagine the city and surrounding scenery, the people and the action. This is a first rate listen on every level and I would not hesitate to recommend this book strongly.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A good read

As always, I enjoyed another good yarn from Wilbur Smith. I enjoy the details of the time period interwoven with interesting characters.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • george
  • Griswold, CT, United States
  • 09-03-12

Bes in a long time

What did you love best about Triumph of the Sun?

Great action adventure story

What did you like best about this story?

Interesting characters.great history,action paced, language used displayed a knowledge of the times and people.

Which character – as performed by Tim Pigott-Smith – was your favorite?

Ballentine

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

When men and women of iron fought with steel.

Any additional comments?

Really enjoyed the bool

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Exellent listening

l love the book very much, I had a hard time putting it down. I felt like I was there

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Another great Wilbur Smith saga

Where does Triumph of the Sun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Up near the very top

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is a difficult question. I'd have to say that there are so many fascinating characters, both Arab and British, that it would be hard to pick just one.

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

He is excellent! I have heard him before and he is amazingly skilled with male and female voices, many accents and ages. I would rate him right at the top along with Simon Vance's narration of "Assegai" by Wilbur Smith.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

That would be impossible, as it is very long and there is so much to this historical saga. It took me 4 days of listening and still I want to go back ,at some point, and re-absorb more details I may have missed.

Any additional comments?

I find Wilbur Smith's historical books the very finest of adventure novels. The details of the African sagas are vast and his knowledge of the history of the continent is amazing. I love his characters, especially the Courtney's. The pre- 20th century novels bring alive a kaleidoscope of landscapes and characters, customs and contrasting values, friendships and enmities to illustrate the settling of Africa as if the reader were right there, sharing in the adventures. I recommend them highly.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Too Long by a Third!

I have always been interested in the subject of the Madhi Uprising in 19th Century Sudan. The novel started out very well, but started to run on and on. After about 17 hours, I just had to pull the plug. I have only done that once before. Overall, the novel is 23 hours long, I can't imagine how you go from that length to a six hour abridged version. This I will avoid other novels by this author and by this narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Definitely a Man's Story

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This book is for men only. Women would simply say tsk-tsk for the total waste of male humanity on both sides. Page after page after page of death and destruction. Tiresome.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Great listening experience

I listen to quite a lot off audiobooks & found "Triumph of the Sun" a great listen. The characters (especially the girls)grow & develop throughout the story......although Nazera , Ballantine & Rider seem quite 'timeless'. The descriptions are quite explicit & brutal at times-but I think its crucial in the understanding of the Madi & all that his people stood for. A wonderful book & very enlightening in understanding the dynamics of what went on in Northern Africa during that time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful