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Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Dark Star Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Dion Graham
Series: The Dark Star Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 24 hrs and 1 min
4 out of 5 stars (118 ratings)

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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. 

Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter - and he always works alone. But when he is engaged to find a child who disappeared three years ago, he must break his own rules, joining a group of eight very different mercenaries working together to find the boy.

Following the lost boy's scent from one ancient city to another, into dense forests and across deep rivers, Tracker starts to wonder: who is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And, most important of all, who is telling the truth and who is lying?

Drawing from vivid African history and mythology, Marlon James weaves a saga of breathtaking adventure and powerful intrigue - a mesmerising, unique meditation on the nature of truth and power.

©2019 Marlon James (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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An Incredible Afro-Fantastic Odyssey

One of the most addictive books I’ve picked up in a long time, with a plot that seems to thicken and revel it self in equal measure as you go on. Marlon James has created a complexly crafted ancient fantasy world where distinctions between good and bad, hero and anti-hero, right and wrong are blurred indeed, brilliantly critiquing and poking fun at our ‘modern’ day conceptions and ideologies. James has a great ability of telling stories within stories and this fantasy realm seems to have enough myths, tales and intrigue for many more novels to come.

Stuff of champions.

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A total headfuck

Took me a while to really work out what was going on and work out the author's style. Glad I stuck with it but I am sure there are bits that went over my head

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mostly just obsessed with genitals

The only redeeming grace is that the raw energy, well suited to the African Savannahs, is a refreshing change to much other fantasy that is all too often patterned on courtly love in medieval European settings.

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brilliant book and read beautifully.

The story itself really winds you round and round, making sure you are constantly questioning the characters and allowing you many different points of view at many different times throughout the story

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Heavy going

Reads more like a collection of ideas loosely strung together than a coherent story.
The heavy accent and acting of the narrator adds something, but can make an already difficult book very hard to follow at times.
Not like anything I've read before, so interesting in that sense

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Confusing

Not my thing. I gave it 2 hours to grow on me and I still struggled to follow what was happening

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wonderful prose for a confusing/frustrating story

Fanatastic audio perfirmance helped get through this frustrating book. Confusing story pretty hard to get through and difficult to understand. felt almost like torture porn

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Not For Me

I really didn't enjoy this book at all. I almost gave it up, but because I received it as a gift I felt obligated to finish it.In the end, the only way I was able to do this was by listening to the audiobook edition.

The narrator did a good job of telling the story, but even still it barely made it bearable compared to reading through the physical book myself.

It's safe to say that I will not be looking out for the next books in this series.

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Cannot understand the reader

I have no idea if it is any good. I can't understand the reader. His accent is so heavy, that despite starting twice, I quit in minutes. I just hope Audible accepts my return.

I should note I am not the only one making this complaint. Accent adds flavor to a reading, but the reader should not be expected to strain and rewind to hear what is being said.

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Hard to Understand the Narrator

I made a mistake buying this one. While static at home, with my earphones in, I could understand the narrator if I concentrated.

If in the car or any other environment where the sound wasn’t very clean, it is VERY hard to understand well enough to stay with the story. I finally gave up.

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  • 31-05-19

Utter tripe

An insult to every African who is working for a better future for Africa. The story line is non existent.