Blue Horizon : Courtney

  • by Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Series: Courtney
  • 29 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author and one of the greatest adventure writers of our time once again creates a lost era and a truly exciting tale of danger, courage, and suspense.
At the close of Wilbur Smith’s Monsoon, Tom Courtney and his brother Dorian battled on the high seas. 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, which takes them through the untouched wilderness of a beautiful land filled with warring tribes and wild animals.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A really gripping story

Another Courtney tale that spans time. A really great book .And well worth the time to live it as you listen. I can't recommend any other writer that so seldom lets you down.Wilber Smith is and has been a spinner of tales that mix fictional people and interact with real people.He been doing a wonderful job of it for many years. I have all his books and most signed.i have spent many hours reading and rereading them. I always see the story from different perspectives in my life.
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- m.w.wood

Long and frequently boring

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story totally lacked credibility. It was completely predictable re the plot, but then it would wander off and waffle on about irrelevant topics, as if the author was trying to fill the book with as many pages as possible regardless of the content.

Has Blue Horizon turned you off from other books in this genre?

It makes me wonder whether Wilbur Smith has lost it as an author, or whether in fact his wife wrote this. I am a great fan of his earlier books such as "When the Lion Feeds" - but this book simply doesn't cut it and at around 29 hours of listening it was way too long.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was very good despite the poor story line. Again though - at 29 hours duration the narrator must have also lost interest.

What character would you cut from Blue Horizon?

The characters overall were fine - they were just larger than life and lacked human weaknesses. The Courtney men are all big and strong, heroes with great fighting skills. The women are all beautiful, and its nearly always love at first sight. Other than Louisa, the women have one child and retire.

Any additional comments?

There are so many parts of the story when the characters do really stupid things to make the story longer. Like James & Louisa being chased across Africa by a sadistic & cruel Cape army officer - and deciding stop to go elephant hunting. Or Sarah being told to pack light to minimise baggage as the family flees the Cape - and she packs her harpsichord - that's right a harpsichord.

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- Harry

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-02-2012
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio