The White Rhino Hotel : Anton Rider

  • by Bartle Bull
  • Narrated by Fred Williams
  • Series: Anton Rider
  • 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Great War has ended, tragically for many; but for some more fortunate, East Africa holds the prospect of vast estates, fabulous wealth, and limitless opportunity in this powerful, grandly crafted novel of the natural and human perils that await pioneers in a promised land.It is in colonial Kenya, at Lord Penfold's White Rhino Hotel, that the paths of these new settlers cross. Here they meet the cunning dwarf Olivio Alevado, a man whose lustful desires and vengeful schemes make him a formidable adversary to his enemies and a subtle ally to his friends. Here the destinies of the gypsy adventurer Anton Rider and the courageous, war-hardened Gwenn Llewelyn intersect. Here hope is corrupted by greed, love by revenge, and loyalty by betrayal as the future is trampled into history.


What the Critics Say

"A wing-ding adventure story....The kind of book that creates one of the elemental delights of fiction - a complete other world where, unlike our own, all the parts add up to something." (Boston Globe)
"A genuine epic centered in Africa, by a writer who knows how to write, who knows his terrain intimately, who knows how to paint his characters convincingly, and who knows how to spin a good yarn." (Forbes Magazine)
"Bartle Bull has a story to tell, and he tells it memorably....Bull's knowledge of Africa is profound." (Washington Post Book World)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Kind Of Old Fashioned

Overall, a satisfying read. Maybe a bit too
predictable in places, but good writing makes up
for some of that. Pretty good narration. The
story puts you in another time, close to ours, yet very different and in a place (East Africa) that you feel like you come to know, if only a little, better, as you go along. The plotting is not complex or twisted,
but there are a few interesting angles along the
way. The majority of the characters either wear
white hats or black mistaking most of
them. But there are a couple of characters wearing grey.
It was enjoyable, enough so, to get me interested
in its sequels.
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- neil


The story is a ripping good yarn, and to be fair, the reader does the dialogue sections fairly well, but the narrative parts are spoken as if Mr. Williams is afraid to not enunciate each word with exactly.thee.same.emphasis. ["Thee" is NOT a typo].
I think I may purchase the other two installments of the trilogy in print editions, rather than buy them in audiobook form, and this is a shame. It's a type of adventure epic that, in the hands of a good dramatic reader, would be fantastic.
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- S. Lev-Ami

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-29-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.