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3.09 out of 53.09 out of 53.09 out of 53.09 out of 53.09 out of 5 3.09 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wilbur Smith Narrator: Tim Pigott-Smith Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9781593977160
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Wallis | 12/20/2013

    " A very good read. Wilbur Smith always takes the story in a different direction than what you think will happen. This book is one of them. A real good tale from the viewpoint of the Dervishes. A good tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vivek Kant | 12/12/2013

    " A very good fictional depiction of siege of Khartoum... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shahista | 12/11/2013

    " a book without proper facts and boring historical details. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 11/22/2013

    " The way I always romanticized colonial Africa in the late 1800s. It's a slow read, but a good book overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ayaaki Osawa | 11/13/2013

    " fucking loved this book. read it front to back in like 2 sittings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 10/28/2013

    " A good story set in Egypt filled with war, hardship, and love. I love this book and Smith is one of my farvorite aurhtors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 10/21/2013

    " I love all of his books "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Antonella | 10/19/2013

    " Storia di avventura e di amore ambientata nel Sudan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Grainger | 9/4/2013

    " I thought that this latest book for Wilbur Smith was abit like a few other books and the ending was abit abrupt. However it is a good story and a good introduction for someone who has not read any Wilbur Smith!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gay | 8/13/2013

    " Definitely corny, but fun history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette McIntyre | 8/8/2013

    " A rattling good yarn, though too graphic in it's descriptions in places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seracer2003 | 8/1/2013

    " This book concerns both the Courtneys and the Ballantynes... and is set in the Sudan... it's pretty cool. They are attempting to outrun a religiously crazed mob... by ferry... a good read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wilma Rebstock | 5/13/2013

    " Ah, Wilbur Smith: where did you get all these wonderful tales you told? The Courtney family books are my favorite... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bob | 8/28/2012

    " I really did try to finish this book, but the melodrama just got the best of me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vibeke Lamark | 7/1/2012

    " Ble litt mye bastialsk kriging her! Men han skriver jo som vanlig godt! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 5/25/2012

    " Another great historical fiction from WS. Set in the Sudanese Sahara during British colonial rule. This is the best I have read from WS in a long time. An interesting, informative, and exciting book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 4/15/2012

    " Siege of Khartoum, Sudan, 1884-1885. A wonderful novel, have read twice "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rowena | 11/14/2011

    " You either like this author or you don't. I enjoyed 'River God' and was similarly written. His descriptions of the Nile and surrounds really takes you there, but the fighting was boring for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicky | 11/2/2011

    " Must have been reading too much 'literature' recently. This book was entertaining enough, and I probably learned a few things about the history of the region, but ultimately I came away unsatisfied. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 7/26/2011

    " The first 3 quarters of this book was vintage Smith. It seemed like he was going to write a sequel to this book but he didn't feel like it so he compressed a whole book into the last 1/4 of this book with a terrible result. A big disapointment. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David Hughes | 6/25/2011

    " Bodice-ripping pseudohistorical schlock. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaikobad Zico | 5/23/2011

    " It's Wilbur with both Courtneys and Ballantynes together..........what else do you need? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Terri | 3/24/2011

    " Credo sia l'unico libro di Wilbur Smith che non è piaciuto. Ho trovato scontata la trama e lento l'intreccio. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fi | 3/5/2011

    " Another gripping yarn: how does he do it? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 2/20/2011

    " This was my second WS read, but not one for sagas, it was my last.

    Great read, typical action-love-action sequence which I can get a little bored with, but even so, for a casual read, it's great holiday non-committed reading (as all WS books will be). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/12/2011

    " One of the best author's of African adventure. The siege of Khartoum doesn't pull any punches. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ayaaki | 1/5/2011

    " fucking loved this book. read it front to back in like 2 sittings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillip | 1/3/2011

    " Difficult to put down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 12/24/2010

    " Usually Smith tells a great story, but somehow this didn't cut it. The story itself was okay, lots of history so that was good, but his characters were horrible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 10/25/2010

    " audio -- so far 3 disks have been about battles or killing of large beasts. the author can tell a story
    his books would do an easy crossover to the big or small screen. would like this book to go 3D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaikobad | 7/12/2010

    " It's Wilbur with both Courtneys and Ballantynes together..........what else do you need? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich | 7/2/2010

    " Really enjoyed the book. Great story. This was my second time reading it. Ending was weird though. Most of the book was the story of weeks and months, then the last 70 pages or so covered years and years ... maybe decades. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shahista | 1/27/2010

    " a book without proper facts and boring historical details. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 9/6/2009

    " The first 3 quarters of this book was vintage Smith. It seemed like he was going to write a sequel to this book but he didn't feel like it so he compressed a whole book into the last 1/4 of this book with a terrible result. A big disapointment. "

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About the Author

Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He was educated at Michaelhouse and Rhodes University. After the successful publication of When the Lion Feeds in 1964, he became a full-time writer and has since written thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books have been translated into twenty-six different languages.

About the Narrator

Tim Pigott-Smith is an award-winning English actor of film, television, and stage and an audiobook narrator. He has narrated several notable television documentaries, including Crimes That Shook the World. He has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards, for The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene and The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyesvky. He was a three-time finalist for the 2006 Audie Award for Best Original Work for the three-part Eyewitness series by Joanna Burke. His film career includes roles in major motion pictures, including V for Vendetta, Quantum of Solace, The Remains of the Day, Gangs of New York, and more. His numerous television credits include Downton Abbey, The Jewel in the Crown, and North and South. He is also a noted radio actor, appearing in many productions on BBC Radio 4, and a regular stage actor in Shakespearean and Greek roles.