Egypt is struck by a series of terrible plagues that cripple the kingdom, and then the ultimate disaster occurs: the Nile fails. The waters that nourish and sustain the land dry up. Something catastrophic is taking place in the distant and totally unexplored depths of Africa from where the mighty river springs. In desperation, Pharaoh sends for Taita, the only man who might be able to find the source of the Nile and discover the cause of all their woes. None of them can have any idea of what a terrible enemy lies in ambush for the warlock in those mysterious lands at the end of their world.
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Wilbur usually manages to keep a story going and make it exciting - this one is obvious and lacks conviction. Maybe I've read too many of his books and I am used to the formula but I thought poor old Taitha should have retired after the last book and I have a horrible feeling there will be another
I've read/listened to the previous Taita books and really enjoyed them, but this one seemed like an effort to listen to.
There didn't seem to be much point or aim to the story, and it seemed more 'fantastical' than the previous Taita stories, which made it less appealing to me. I like fantasy stories, but previous Taita stories seemed to be more 'realistic'. The Quest is purely fantasy with obvious magic which couldn't be explained by superstition etc.
As the previous reviewer said, it seems to be setting up for further Taita stories, but Wilbur Smith should have let him go in peace and come up with another 'hero' for the new stories.
The Quest is a fantastic finale to a great series. Just wish some producer would pick this one up. Would make a great film.
I love Wilbur Smith's work, all of it including the fanciful Taita; enough that I would buy the audible version of a book I have already read.
Unfortunately the narration does not do it any favours. In God's name who told you to mimic women voices Mr Mantle? It is toe curling! His attempt at a native African accent is hilarious and an eygptian accent is just awesome in its ability to sound nothing like the previous attempt. Where he restricted himself to reading the book he has a lovely tone of voice which was enjoyable to listen to, real shame he didn't do it for the whole book.
I won't be buying another audible with this combination again.
"Too Bad ;("
I am only one hour into the story.. and already I am sorry I bought it. The story may be good but the narration is the pits. I can only listen for short periods of time.. How could they take a good book an excellent writer and let a complete idiot narrate it?
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