• Vicious Circle

  • By: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Series: Hector Cross, Book 2
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-10-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 (31 ratings)

Regular price: $20.24

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Publisher's Summary

When Hector Cross's new life is overturned, he immediately recognizes the ruthless hand of an enemy he has faced many times before: a terrorist group has re-emerged - like a deadly scorpion from beneath its rock. Determined to fight back, Hector draws together a team of his most loyal friends from his former life in Cross Bow Security, a company originally contracted to protect his beloved wife, Hazel Bannock, and her company, the Bannock Oil Corp.
They travel to the remotest Middle East, to hunt down those who pursue him and his loved ones. For Hazel and Hector have a child, a precious daughter, who he will go to the ends of the earth to protect. And brutal figures from the Bannock family's past - thought long-gone - are returning, with an agenda so sinister that Hector realizes he is facing a new breed of enemy. One whose shifting attack and dark, shocking secrets take Hector to the heart of Africa and to a series of crimes so shocking they demand revenge.
©2013 Wilbur Smith (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
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1 out of 5 stars
By Mickey on 11-19-13

SADLY THE WORST OF WILBUR SMITH

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

He could have stick to one story line and not deviate to totally contrasting stories

What could Wilbur Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Having been a fan of Wilbur for more than 30 years and enjoying all his books, I get the sense that he just wanted to finish writing this book for the sake of finishing. Story lines really the worst from him

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

Rupert Dugas

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Nope

Any additional comments?

I am really dissapointed

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By PFHugo Winterbach on 10-31-13

Bad story, worse performance

A bad sick story made worse by a singing narrator swallowing his words. The book was a huge dissapointment for me. If you need graphic descriptions of violence and sex to excite you then this is the book for you. Otherwise give it a pass. The narrator should listen to himself speaking unnaturally. Perhaps if music was added .... A total waste of a credit.

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1 out of 5 stars
By robert on 12-01-13

Awful

I love stories by Wilbur Smith, my favourite author. However this book is awful. The story is tedious and very very far fetched. Delete button in action I,m afraid.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer White on 12-12-13

Almost hard-core porn

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

The story without the graphic(pornographic!) sexual details that littered every chapter might have been better, though as the storyline was weak and implausible, I doubt it.
I have read many of Wilbur Smith's books, but I will certainly never buy another.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No. The story was far-fetched, the flashback implausible. It rambled and was generally just awful

Any additional comments?

Can I return it for refund?

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3 out of 5 stars
By Joy on 07-12-14

Painful listening

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not in this audio form with this narrator.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

Roger Allam, Alex Jennings, Kerry Shale, Jeff Harding

Was Vicious Circle worth the listening time?

Only because it is a sequel and the story line was good.

Any additional comments?

make sure John Lee does not do the next book ....please or will be forced to stop listening to this Wilbur Smith Series. He made Court sound like a pompous twit.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 05-09-18

worst audiobook yet!!! very disappointed

poor storyline.... very tacky!!!
narrator was not suited to book.
writer has little knowledge of certain aspects of book so most of book was written a bit.... "try hard" I guess you could say.
Wilbur has written much better books than this one, most disappointing.

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