Assegai : Courtney

  • by Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • Series: Courtney
  • 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is 1913 and ex-soldier turned professional big game hunter Leon Courtney is in British East Africa guiding rich and powerful men from America and Europe on safaris in the Masai tribe territories. One of his clients, German industrialist Count Otto Von Meerbach, has a company which builds aircraft and vehicles for the Kaiser's burgeoning army. But Leon had not bargained for falling passionately in love with Eva, the Count's beautiful and enigmatic mistress.Just prior to the outbreak of World War I, Leon is recruited by his uncle, Penrod Ballantyne, Commander of the British Forces in East Africa , to gather information from Von Meerbach. He stumbles on a plot against the British involving the disenchanted survivors of the Boer War, but it is only when Eva and Von Meerbach return to Africa that Leon finds out who and what is really behind the conspiracy.

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What the Critics Say

"No one does adventure quite like Smith." (Daily Mirror)
"From the get-go the action is non-stop, taking in big game hunting, spying, conspiracy, passion and betrayal - and the most wonderful evocation of Smith¿s central character, Africa itself, beautiful and brutal, enchanting and ferocious." (Daily Express)

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Promised much but delivered little

Wonderful as it is to have an unabridged Wilber Smith this is not the best one to have started with.
The story is predictable in many ways though there are some cleaver touches.
The real disappointment is the narrator. He never makes the story come alive and how for a WS book you can use a narrator who has such an appalling South African accent beggars belief. (Listen to Humphrey Bower on the Power of One to have a better example of how to do it.)
Please do more unabridged WS books particularly his early ones
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- Richard

oh.....my god!!!

sadly it seems wilbur has run out of idea's, this book is truly awful but even the toe curlingly embarrassing characterization is paled into insignificance by the narrators attempt at a female voice with a northern accent.
it actually physically hurt to listen to it!
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- Mr Simon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2009
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.