Just prior to the outbreak of World War I, Leon is recruited by his uncle, Penrod Ballantyne, Commander of the British Forces in East Africa , to gather information from Von Meerbach. He stumbles on a plot against the British involving the disenchanted survivors of the Boer War, but it is only when Eva and Von Meerbach return to Africa that Leon finds out who and what is really behind the conspiracy.
©2009 Wilbur Smith; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
"No one does adventure quite like Smith." (Daily Mirror)
"From the get-go the action is non-stop, taking in big game hunting, spying, conspiracy, passion and betrayal - and the most wonderful evocation of Smith¿s central character, Africa itself, beautiful and brutal, enchanting and ferocious." (Daily Express)
Wonderful as it is to have an unabridged Wilber Smith this is not the best one to have started with.
The story is predictable in many ways though there are some cleaver touches.
The real disappointment is the narrator. He never makes the story come alive and how for a WS book you can use a narrator who has such an appalling South African accent beggars belief. (Listen to Humphrey Bower on the Power of One to have a better example of how to do it.)
Please do more unabridged WS books particularly his early ones
sadly it seems wilbur has run out of idea's, this book is truly awful but even the toe curlingly embarrassing characterization is paled into insignificance by the narrators attempt at a female voice with a northern accent.
it actually physically hurt to listen to it!
Ive now read nearly of of Wilbur's books but the two main problems with this one are as follows. Firstly the 'hero' Leon Courtney is a bit of a wet lettuce. Secondly towards the end of the book the beautiful German princess he falls in love with seems to suddenly adopt the accent of a Geordie transsexual. Not that I have anything against Geordie transsexuals but its a bit off putting when our 'hero' is enjoying romantic moments with a lady with such a strong northern, male voice!
This book should come with a warning that it contains lengthy and gory descriptions of beautiful wild animals being killed for sport and amusement. I hate giving up on a book once I have begun and started to fast-forward past each of the killing sprees in the hope that a story would emerge that would give a purpose to the book, other than the glorification of hunting. The story did gradually appear but still depended on big game hunting for a central theme. I eventually found myself intrigued by the inevitable romantic core to the story only to have that ruined by the sudden intervention by the narrator of an attrociously bad Newcastle accent, when we came to the part of the story where the heroine is revealed as being English rather than German. For some incredible reason, the narrator saw fit to endow her with the sort of ugly, heavily accented Geordie tones that brought to mind an elderly, uneducated washerwoman instead of the refined, beautiful young lady she had been previously. This was the last straw for me and I had to give up on the book at this point. I have been with Audible for two years now and this is the first time I have been disappointed. beta inappVoteInfo
No. The appalling Geordie accent of the female heroine makes her sound like an asthmatic 50 year old male iron worker from Newcastle in love with the passionless sounding toff from London. So unbefitting voices for a Wilbur Smith novel. Destroys the usual romance value found in Wibur's books and makes the scenes extremely cringe-worthy and impossible to listen to unless you particularly like the sound of two men deeply in love with each other. If you can manage to survive those scenes and Wilbur's book minus the romance, you should still love the book.
I liked the powerful lion fighting German. It's a shame he had to be a baddie, he was amazing.
Descriptive elements were well narrated. The voices of the main heroes were disappointing for me.
Get an action type person to read such a book.
Long retired, spent life in the newspaper industry where I guess I got my love of reading books, now listening. Only buy unabridged books.
Following the intense disappointment of "The Quest", perhaps Wilbur Smith's only poor book, the great author has bounced back with the totally absorbing "Assegai".
Set once again in his beloved Africa, in the period leading up to the first World War, Wilbur Smith has mixed history with adventure, intrigue with amusement and African culture with Colonial rule.
A book you will not readily put down once started and ranking with Wilbur Smith's very best.
I always use my MP3 when I go to bed so I can listen in peace.
My first hour of book 1 was mind boggling and not a scene to go to sleep with. Really blood thirsty but I enjoyed it. I am half way through book 2 and can't wait to finish it so as I can download another book. This is the most bloodiest of Wilbur Smith I have read.
I have to confess I am a sucker for the Wilbur Smith books even when they become a bit predictable.
This one does not disappoint and moves along at a good pace
I really enjoyed this book,better than the ones set long ago. I really felt the African countryside. I continued to weed long after my knees were numb as I had to get to the end of each part
"Assegai - A true African Safari Adventure"
As I live in Africa, I can vouch for his knowledge of animals, the veld,koppies and the feel of Africa. He captures the harshness of the terrain and the history of the region and Southern Africa. - A truly great book
maybe although it is not one of smiths best books
more safari less girl time towards the end it drags out
only just as i said it is not as good as the early wilbur smith books seems like a differant writer
"A briliant tale"
Assegai is a brilliant tale of love, war, friendship and adventure. The novel is set just before the onset of World War 1, Leon Courtney defies his father, Ryder Courtney and becomes a partner in a safari hunting business. The clients he takes hunting include Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, a German dominatrix and Otto and his concubine Eva who is the woman he falls in love with, setting off the cataclysmic chain of events that lead to the climax of this novel. Simon Vance delivers a great performance, and Wilbur Smith remains a true master storyteller.
Yes, as always Smith is one of the best at not waisting a single word. Each word has meaning and keeps you wanting more.
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