Beau Geste

  • by Percival Wren
  • Narrated by David Case
  • 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A column of French Legionnaires finds one of their fortresses manned by dead men. It looks like one of his own troops killed the sergeant. Who could have done it? A flashback then unravels the mystery of the three English Geste brothers. The three Geste brothers, orphaned early in life, are raised by an aunt. Their raucous youths are filled with the literature of adventure and ritualized horseplay centered around these myths and legends. So when the family's prized Blue Water sapphire turns up missing, each of the young men confesses to being the thief in order to protect the others and one by one they head off to join the French Foreign Legion. The three brothers meet up in the deserts of Africa where they fall under the command of the malevolent Sergeant Lejaune. Not content to merely be a martinet, Lejaune sets his sights on stealing the jewel, which rumor holds to be in the brothers' possession. Meanwhile, the unruly troops he commands are planning a mutiny and the marauding Tauregs pin this badly outnumbered and bitterly divided unit of Legionnaires at Fort Zinderneuf. The ensuing drama plays itself out as the French forces battle overwhelming odds. Ultimately, only a handful of men survive to discover the truth behind the Blue Water's disappearance.
A classic, rip-roaring tale of adventure!

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Audible Editor Reviews

Percival Wren's much-loved Beau Geste follows three brothers who join the French Foreign Legion in North Africa, only to find themselves under the command of a real terror. In the scorching desert heat, adventures ensue. David Case's performance is in a league of its own. He plays the characters so convincingly that it sounds as if he were many actors. Case creates perfect voices and accents for each line of dialogue. Clearly, he has fun sharing Wren's story with great aplomb.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Very Good

This book is very well written and the audiobook is very well read.

The story moves along very nicely, the characters are well formed and you really get to like them all.

The ending was quite a surprise.
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- Thomas

Outstanding Ear Candy

Lightweight? Yes. One-dimensional characters and plenty of stereotypes? Of course; it's a pop fiction product of the 1920's. Why listen to it? BECAUSE IT'S A TON OF FUN! You could do much, much, worse than a whodunnit about a jewel theft that plays out at a remote French Foreign Legion outpost.
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- Nate

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-18-2006
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio