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Cliched offering with very descriptive sexual situations. The narrator does well with all voices except one and I was relieved when the character made her exit. Listen and you will know right away who it is. The ruggedly handsome, arrogant hero kills an arab warlord's sons and because of that the warlord plans to destroy the family of hero's rich, savvy, athletic, and beautiful employer. She's not too savvy, because she never puts it together... Kind of like an Iris Johanson story written by a man. Iris does it better and has a tighter storyline.
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What did you love best about Those in Peril?
Rupert Degas was nothing short of amazing. Best performance of an audio book I've ever heard. His acting skills are unmatched, his dialects flawless and his gender distinctions totally believable. Really stunning.
Would you be willing to try another book from Wilbur Smith? Why or why not?
I've read everything from this author and can recommend him without reserve. Don't however, start with Those in Peril. It may give the impression Smith novels are given to liberal portions of sex and violence, which they are not. A little, yes, but not to this degree.
Which scene was your favorite?
Smith is a master of dialog and characterization. Everyone has their own voice and personality and are helped along in no small part by Degas' talent. But Smith tends to kill some of his best people off, which is kind of distressing, so I try not to get too attached to any one character if i can help it. I thought the shark fin soup was a bit over the top and was a little put-off by the African aristocracy. But, as always, Smith's vision of the world along with his ability to paint the picture in my imagination are wonderful.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The 'erotic' parts (when questioned in an interview about the pornographic elements of the novel, Smith preferred to use this word to describe the sexual encounters) of the novel were a little weird knowing that they came from the fertile mind of a man nearing 80. I wouldn't want my kids reading this until they were about 40. Intensely graphic and surprising.
Any additional comments?
It was fortunate that Degas was chosen to animate this story. IMO it is the weakest story Smith has ever turned out. When added to some of the questionable content (sex and violence that at times seemed gratuitous), had it not been so beautifully narrated, i would have been disappointed.
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