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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,396 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wilbur Smith Narrator: Tim Pigott-Smith Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Courtney Family Adventure Series Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781427226884
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The New York Times bestselling author and one of the greatest adventure writers of our time returns with a pulse-pounding tale of danger, courage, and suspense.

Tom Courtney and his brother Dorian battled both vicious enemies and nature itself on the high seas, finally reaching the Cape of Good Hope to start life afresh. Now, half a generation later, they are successful and contented: merchants and family men, prospering on the very edge of an immense and beautiful continent, Africa. In the tradition of Wilbur Smith's earlier bestseller, Monsoon, this spellbinding new novel introduces the next generation of Courtneys. They are out to stake their claim in Southern Africa, traveling along the infamous "Robbers' Road."

It is a journey both exciting and hazardous---one that takes them through the untouched wilderness of a beautiful land filled with warring tribes and wild animals. But the most dangerous predators of all are other Europeans, crazed by greed, jealousy, and lust, and determined to destroy utterly all members of the Courtney clan. This quest for vengeance results in a desperate chase---both on land and sea---that is one of the most extraordinary in modern literature.

Blue Horizon is a truly great adventure story, told by a master novelist at the height of his powers.

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  • “Brimming with bravado, greed, and romance, this rip-roaring historical romp across eighteenth-century Africa will mesmerize faithful fans and win new converts to Smith’s trademark brand of lushly exotic fiction.”

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristy | 2/19/2014

    " plot was fast paced, but lots of pages to skip over if you know what i mean... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seracer2003 | 2/18/2014

    " This is the in the same series and Birds of Prey... Monsoon... and this third book... it goes along the lines of the same family in a different time... Very Smith-esque! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloria | 2/17/2014

    " Enjoyed listening to this audiobook. Easy to get involved in story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 1/29/2014

    " My first Wilbur Smith book. I thought it was going to be about the Civil War, based on the title "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Johnston | 1/25/2014

    " The dialogue was rather cheesy. Every woman in the story at one time or another was a damsel in distress rescued by a tall dark and handsome man. In the end even with those things the story was entertaining. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lauren | 1/25/2014

    " While I appreciate this is probably extremely well researched in historical terms, I found it hard to be impressed when having to slog through page upon page of cringe worthy dialogue being expressed by characters that were two dimensional, the writer seems to think he can make women interesting by depicting them giving their male companions a bit of lip in between getting themselves into trouble and running to check on the dinner, yawn. For all the detail that was so painstakingly researched, to me it felt show-offy rather than interesting next to everything else. I hate not finishing a book I've started, but I had to give up on this one. I just couldn't take anymore. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ida | 1/23/2014

    " Having grown up in South Africa, I relish reading books that take place in that country. Smith's descriptions evoke wonderful memories for me and I simply adore his fabulous books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marlene | 1/23/2014

    " This is one of the many hand-me-down books I have to read. And adventure book is not one I would chose on my own. That said, I found it hard to put the book down. I must confess that I was drawn in to the stories. Bushmen Xhia and Bakkat provided the comic relief in the story. There appeared to be five or more separate plots, although it was brought together in the end. Many things were, to me, unrealistic and far fetched, but maybe that is what goes into an adventure story to make it exciting. What I didn't like was how graphic the "killings" were described, but them I'm squeamish. As I said, I hated to put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 1/22/2014

    " Blue Horizon was a satisfying finish to the trilogy. After reading the first two however I was getting a tad tired with sword fights and sailing instructions. Glad I read it, but glad it's over as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 1/19/2014

    " More pirates and high seas. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Grainger | 1/11/2014

    " A brilliant book, this really is Wilbur Smith at his best! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Tallmadge | 1/11/2014

    " Continuing Saga of this interesting family "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillip Cushman | 12/19/2013

    " I previously read Triumph of the Sun and, like it, Blue Horizon holds your attention and you cannot put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 11/29/2013

    " This book is long but the second half is better than the first, which makes it OK. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Verichu Dal Maso | 10/28/2013

    " Always a good read, dynamic, full of adventure and romance, and great to learn a bit of history of Africa, even if it is just the background. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 9/16/2013

    " Excellent stories of the Courtney family and friends and enemies. If you enjoy adventure, true love, and a multitude of surprises and realistic turns of events I would recommend this to get started with Wilbur Smith and his 30+ historical fiction novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marissa Pineda | 5/9/2013

    " Listened to this on CD. Great adventure story...I guess it's a sequel or part of a series, but it stands alone pretty well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luckngrace | 5/1/2013

    " This swashbuckling African adventure is a boisterous, rollicking read. Aside from some graphic stuff, I would have to say that I'm glad I finally found Wilbur Smith's work and hope to rejoin the Courtney family saga again soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 3/19/2013

    " I was like putting an Indiana Jones movie into a book. Loved it. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Lomnicki, | 3/14/2013

    " Definitely an audio book. Highly recommend for a long trip (17 1/2 hr). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gianpiero | 7/25/2012

    " quick to read, lots of one to one fights, pure adventure on land and seas. Honour, family and destiny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven Pike | 6/21/2012

    " Must read Birds of Paradise and Monsoon first. This is the third book. More of the same, but this does not reduce the enjoyment at all. Three of my all time favourites. Classic adventure stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 6/13/2012

    " Third in the series of Courtney "prequels" - The best of the series by far!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon Sykes | 5/31/2012

    " if you read this also read "Monsoon" and visa versa. excellent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Waltham | 3/29/2012

    " Action, love, intrigue, wild and open spaces... Why didn't I see a movie about it? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manuela | 3/26/2012

    " Bello, appassionante, coinvolgente come l'Africa che Wilbur ci descrive magistralmente. Una saga che spero decida di proseguire. "

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