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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (820 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Percival Wren Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Beau Geste Novels Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9781400181339
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A classic, rip-roaring tale of adventure

A column of French Legionnaires finds one of their fortresses manned by dead men. It looks like the sergeant was killed by one of his own troops. Who could have done it?

A flashback then unravels the mystery of the three English Geste brothers. The brothers, orphaned early in life, are raised by an aunt. Their raucous youths are filled with the literature of adventure and ritualized horseplay centered around these myths and legends. So when the family’s prized “Blue Water” sapphire goes missing, each of the young men confesses to being the thief in order to protect the others, and one by one they head off to join the French Foreign Legion.

The three brothers meet up in the deserts of Africa, where they fall under the command of the malevolent Sergeant Lejaune. Not content to merely be a martinet, Lejaune sets his sights on stealing the jewel, which rumor holds to be in the brothers’ possession. Meanwhile, the unruly troops he commands are planning a mutiny, and the marauding Tauregs pin this badly outnumbered and bitterly divided unit of Legionnaires at Fort Zinderneuf. The ensuing drama plays itself out as the French forces battle overwhelming odds.

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  • “David Case is well chosen to read this nineteenth-century-flavored tale of high adventure. Sounding impeccably British, he’s completely at home with the style of the book. His command of tone and dialect gives convincing voices to the international cast of characters.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 2/19/2014

    " I wish this book was still readily available and not just at used book stores. Loved this book. After about the first 10 pages you are not sure where it is going and it is a little hard to follow and then it is great. Mystery, action, drama, a little of everything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 2/3/2014

    " Someone reviewed this a little further down in regards to lesson she got out of it and I can't agree more. I read this in junior high and loved this book and I hope to have my son read it when he's old enough to understand those lessons as well. Plus, it's a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Landfair | 1/31/2014

    " My father lent me his copy when I was in high school, and to this day, the story has stayed with me. Real adventure. I'm not sure if many of my generation can quite appreciate it (you need to have an understanding of just how much the french foreign legion was seen as glory bound mercenaries/adventurers with questionable backgrounds)...either way, it is a great read:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Currit | 1/26/2014

    " What a great adventure! There's an adolescent truth to it. The question always is, 'how did we get into this mess?' Exciting as can be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barry | 1/25/2014

    " One of my favorite books that I re-read every few years. Adventure genre novel from the early 20th century about young English gentlemen in the French Foreign Legion. Absolutely not to be missed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward Lengel | 1/25/2014

    " One of the great adventure novels, maintaining a steady pace of mystery and excitement that makes it difficult to put down. Sheer enjoyment and sympathetic characters overshadow the book's flaws, which include some plot weaknesses (those Arabs at Fort Zinderneuf must have been utter fools!) and the clumsy vernacular of the American characters, Hank and Buddy. Some modern readers may feel impatient with Wren's Victorian values and old-fashioned prejudices--but if you can put yourself back, say a hundred years, Beau Geste is a superb read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Jo | 1/14/2014

    " Good tale. Written in 1924, the first part of the book was slow to progress given the language and posturing. However, part II was a great adventure mystery. The description of ethnicities is very politically incorrect today, but the book brought back memories of watching French Foreign Legion movies in black/white on Saturday afternoons. I suppose it did inspire a few men to join the Legion. The opening of the book is a classic that starts the film version. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rod Johnston | 1/14/2014

    " This is probably the one book that got me involved with reading as much as I do. It is one of the first books I read as a teenager and I loved it. The intrigue of mystery and suspense abounds throughout the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Francisco | 12/27/2013

    " Novela de aventuras, no llega a la altura de los grandes. Pese a ello, es entretenida. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Perry | 12/27/2013

    " Slow start, but really enjoyed the old time chivalry and the underlying mystery of 'who did it?'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 12/16/2013

    " Interesting mystery. Now know not to ever sign up for the foreign legion. :) A bit wordy and I admit that I'm not sure if the drastic measures taken by the characters are justified. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryellen | 12/7/2013

    " Really, really well done. I was intrigued the entire time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marina | 12/6/2013

    " It was one of the best examples of natural virtue I have ever seen, and one of the best stories I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 12/1/2013

    " I'm listening to it, actually. Started out kind of slowly and it took a bit to get into it, but I'm hooked now. Charming mystery in pre-WWI era. I like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 11/25/2013

    " I absolutely loved this book and its two follow up books Beau Sabreur and Beau Ideal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kari | 11/20/2013

    " There's a few places where it seems like Wren wanted to rush into the next part, which he thought of as more exciting, so the events are pieced together rather than flowing, but it's a good book, and it has something to it, not like a lot of books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eddy | 8/30/2013

    " Of course I've heard about this book (or maybe the movies) for years, but never read it. It's a good story that kept me guessing until the end, despite the fact that I saw the '60s era movie years ago. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Becca | 12/3/2012

    " Good, intense read but the ending bugged me. I don't want to give too much away so I won't elaborate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Rowe | 8/17/2012

    " A good story that was very poorly written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Curtiss | 8/3/2012

    " As I read this, I was delighted with the way P.C. Wren's language flowed. It was a delight to read it aloud, although my French pronouciation would probably lead to an international incident! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liam "Da Man" | 5/14/2012

    " One of the rare occasions where I prefer the movie to the book, but the movie is my all-time favorite, so I can't fault the book for that. The book is terrific, a story of brotherly love and loyalty to the very last. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 2/17/2012

    " Great adventure....great mystery...who stole the "Blue Water". Hooked you the first two chapters. Best adventure books for boys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 7/7/2011

    " A bit convoluted and difficult to follow, but enjoyable......mgc "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barry | 2/6/2011

    " One of my favorite books that I re-read every few years. Adventure genre novel from the early 20th century about young English gentlemen in the French Foreign Legion. Absolutely not to be missed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 12/20/2010

    " Don't remember it well enough to give 3 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcus | 10/13/2010

    " A very fun book to read. Great characters; it is fun to see how early twentieth-century Brits portray Americans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 5/29/2010

    " A good story that was very poorly written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Manny | 5/23/2010

    " When people talk about running away and joining the Foreign Legion, they're probably referring to this book, even if they don't know they are. Stirring British Empire stiff-upper-lip stuff. There is a fantastic scene near the end which I often think of.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 5/23/2010

    " I absolutely loved this book and its two follow up books Beau Sabreur and Beau Ideal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Gray | 5/13/2010

    " A bit convoluted and difficult to follow, but enjoyable......mgc "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 8/18/2009

    " I'm listening to it, actually. Started out kind of slowly and it took a bit to get into it, but I'm hooked now. Charming mystery in pre-WWI era. I like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 7/17/2009

    " Interesting mystery. Now know not to ever sign up for the foreign legion. :) A bit wordy and I admit that I'm not sure if the drastic measures taken by the characters are justified. "

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About the Author

Percival Wren (1885–1941) was a British writer, mostly of adventure fiction, who is remembered best for Beau Geste, a much-filmed book involving the French Foreign Legion in North Africa, and its sequels, Beau Sabreur and Beau Ideal. After graduating with an MA from Oxford, he traveled the world for five years before joining the British Calvary. From there, he went on to join the French Foreign Legion. World events saw him returning to active service during World War I with the India Army in East Africa, after which he settled in London in 1917. He lived out the remainder of his life in England, concentrating on his literary career. He produced almost fifty titles during his lifetime, including The Snake and The Sword, Sinbad the Soldier, The Disappearance of General Jason, and The Uniform of Glory.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.