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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (4 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James A. Michener Narrator: Larry McKeever Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2015 ISBN: 9781101922316
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James A. Michener’s masterly chronicle of South Africa is an epic tale of adventurers, scoundrels, and ministers, the best and worst of two continents who carve an empire out of a vast wilderness. From the Java-born Van Doorn family tree springs two great branches: one nurtures lush vineyards, the other settles the interior to become the first Trekboers and Afrikaners. The Nxumalos, inhabitants of a peaceful village unchanged for centuries, unite warrior tribes into the powerful Zulu nation. And the wealthy Saltwoods are missionaries and settlers who join the masses to influence the wars and politics that ravage a nation.

Rivalries and passions spill across the land of The Covenant, a story of courage and heroism, love and loyalty, and cruelty and betrayal, as generations fight to forge a new world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A prodigious endeavor…Nowhere else could an American reader unfamiliar with South Africa get so full an understanding of its problems in so engaging a form.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • A prodigious endeavor . . . Nowhere else could an American reader unfamiliar with South Africa get so full an understanding of its problems in so engaging a form. The New York Times Book Review
  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 5/4/2017

    " I have spent many years trying to obtain the audio version of my favourite James Michener books and at last I have found them on this site. This is a wonderful story and is brilliantly narrated. Would honestly recommend to anyone who likes storytelling of this calibre. Download and enjoy "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea Bezuidenhout | 11/13/2015

    " As a South African, I have tsk here and there for the history as publisized in this book, but, overall, I find it a great historical novel and much of it might as well have been exactly the truth. However, I find it shocking that an actor - for a narrator of books is surely supposed to be an actor - would not even go through the trouble of finding out how words are pronounced. I'm sitting here loving the book (and so far loved many books Larry McKeever read) but having to switch off my audiobook (I admit, I listen to plus minus 2 - 3 books per week! Blush...) just to regroup and think what the heck this guy was saying and where and what in South Africa he was talking about, because he pronounced the words so shamefully that it was comprehensible. Now, as a rule that would have been OK, but, as a South African, I find this book of great value and would like the world to know about it. No one but James Michener can do that and I can just say: "Shame on you Larry McKeever, shame on you for not doing your job and at least find out how some of these words and names are pronounced!" I mean, you live in the US and I know there are many, many south africans happily living in the US, you could have found someone quite easily to have helped you with your pronunciation. All this shows me is laziness and incompetence. "

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About the Author

James A. Michener (1907–1997) was one of the world’s most popular writers. He authored more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America.

About the Narrator

Larry McKeever has narrated a number of audiobooks, including several by James A. Michener and Isaac Asimov.