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Author: Brian Herne Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781483064536
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A little over 100 years ago, East Africa was terra incognita to most whites: a land largely unmapped, sparsely settled by Europeans, and teeming with wildlife. It was the hunter-adventurer’s paradise, and by the early 20th century a small, lionhearted clan of explorers and big-game hunters began leading safaris there for money. They became the legendary White Hunters, men who led manifold adventurers in pursuit of the world’s biggest, most dangerous, and most sought-after game.

White Hunters is a nostalgic and densely-packed history of these men and their adventures, from the turn of the century until the 1970s, when politics, a growing population, civil strife, and concern about species destruction intervened.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Any white hunter worth his salt was seriously mauled at least once in his career, and all the intestine-spilling, claw-in-the-eye-socket minutiae are provided in Brian Herne's White Hunters...[Reads] like a colonial Morte d’Arthur, each hunter seemingly braver than the next.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An authoritative and colorful study of African safaris that will appeal to armchair adventurers and history buffs alike.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A rich portrait of a magnificent landscape, its animal inhabitants and some of its most reckless human interlopers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Provides invaluable documentation of a period that might otherwise have been consigned to oblivion, and does so with great style.” 

    Raleigh News and Observer

  • “Stunningly recreates that lost Eden of gallantry, endurance, and sudden death…Teddy Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and the Prince of Wales all have cameos, but true nobility here lies with the big five: Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, and Rhinoceros.”


  • “Herne succeeds in capturing his audience through his portrayal of men who lived on the edge, enjoying sexual liaisons with beautiful women drawn to the lure of Africa even as death lurked around every corner.”

    Library Journal

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About the Author

Brian Herne was the youngest professional hunter ever licensed in East Africa, and has had a career spanning thirty years. He is one of only seventeen individuals awarded the Shaw and Hunter Trophy—known as the “Oscar” of the African hunting world. Mr. Herne has also received awards for his photography, including Japan’s prestigious Asahi Pentax Award. The founder of the international professional hungers’ magazine Track, he has written for numerous outdoor and hunting magazines. A second-generation Kenyan, Mr. Herne now lives in southern California.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and narrator. He has earned more than fifty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration thirteen times. He was named Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008 and has been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London. He is also an actor who has appeared on both stage and television.