Triumph of the Sun

  • by Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith
  • 23 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From one of the world’s most celebrated novelists comes an epic adventure set on the banks of the Nile in Khartoum, 1884.
In the Sudan, decades of brutal misgovernment by the ruling Egyptian Khedive in Cairo precipitate a fierce and bloody rebellion and Holy War headed by a charismatic new religious leader, The Madhi or “Expected One.” The British are forced to intervene to protect their national interests and to attempt to rescue the hundreds of British subjects stranded in the country.
Along with hundreds of others, British trader and businessman, Ryder Courtney is trapped in the capital city of Khartoum. It is here that he meets Captain Penrod Ballantyne of the 10th Hussars, as well as the British Consul, David Benbrook and his three beautiful daughters. Against the vivid and bloody backdrop of the siege of Khartoum, in which British General Charles George Gordon is killed and the British retreat, these three powerful men fight to survive. Rich with vibrant historical detail and infused with his inimitable powers of storytelling, The Triumph of the Sun is Wilbur Smith at his masterful best.

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Smith is amazing beyond the telling of it

Would you consider the audio edition of Triumph of the Sun to be better than the print version?

Did not read the print version


Who was your favorite character and why?

Captain Pembroke


What does Tim Pigott-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The flair of the english language and the fanatisism of Islamic Extremists


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but impossible because Smith is epic in his stories that last for at least a generation in time.


Any additional comments?

Read it or listen to it. Wilbur Smith is intoxicatingly brilliant and a genious.

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- MontNeb "I'm a market research executive in Newtown CT. I love to read & also fill my many hours in the car and gym listening to historical fiction."

What a tell --- NOT stop listening!!

The story takes you from the heart of England to the sands of Egypt in one glorious adventure that one can NOT soon forget…. From General Gordon in Khartoum --- three daughters and three men escorted me through horrors of battles & torture to adventure & adoration…. What else could be the bases of a Splendid Story?
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- Dennis "Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!"

Book Details

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