• by Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith
  • 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

There are heroes and there are monsters. But most of us are ordinary mortals caught up in events too turbulent for any of us. Perhaps when the battle is over, all we will inherit are the ashes of a once beautiful land. It is 1952. Guided by the ruthless hands of Shasa Courtney and Centaine Malcolmess, the Courtney family empire has come to dominate the lives of white and black South Africans alike.
But the winds of change are fanning fires of revolution. In the deadly quest of power, Shasa will be tested far beyond the battle of the boardroom, forced to betray his ideals for a misguided dream of national unity.


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Customer Reviews

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The publishers shot themselves in the foot with this narrator. How can you get someone to read this South African novel when he is clearly incapable of pronouncing basic local words, let alone the names of organisations and people?

The abridgement was a hack job, completely destroying the power of the original text. I certainly won't be buying any of the other Wilbur Smith books from this publisher.

This production is an outrage.
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- Penny

Unabridged leaves too much out

I found it very hard to follow the story and sort the characters in this performance. Too much has been left out. Characters are not well developed and it jumps around too much
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- Shelley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-18-2007
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.