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Summary

Following on from the events begun in A Falcon Flies, Men of Men continues Wilbur Smith's epic story of the Ballantynes.  

It is the age of empire, of blood and conquest, of boundless excitement and possibility. Striding in the footsteps of the pioneers is Zouga Ballantyne. His dream begins in the danger and drudgery of the diamond pits and ends up on the rich grasslands of Matabeleland - but not before a king and a proud warrior nation have paid the price of history.... 

Men of Men is followed by The Angels Weep and The Leopard Hunts in the Darkness.

©1981 Wilbur Smith (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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let down by narrator

Good story but the narrator's accent was inaccurate. Some words were mispronounced eg Jan, velt

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Fascinating story.

This book has held me enthralled both with the actual story line, and all the true facts of both people and places.

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A really good read

Enjoyed the book from beginning to end. Having lived in zimbabwe easy to relate to


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Men of men

Excellent follow on from part one
Narrator was just held your interest all the way through

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A Super Historical Book

Yet another a great historical story based around Cecil John Rhodes's ambitious plan to conquer, take over and prosper from the Matabele Tribe in what is now Zimbabwe following his take over of the Diamond mine in Kimberley Southern Africa and establish the British South Africa Company.
Well narrated, reserched thoroughly and based on Historical facts this is a great read, although some might find ut too long. As an ex Rhodesian who lived there for 26 yrs loved it as it as it reminded me of the fascinating History of my country. I hope I find the follow up.

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Damn good listen

Carries the Ballantyne story well, although in places tends towards the top shelf!
War and adventure still win out interwoven with good history and research.
MSJ is too strong for comfort.

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Riveting

The story is excellent and take me back to bygone days. It is such a Hugh pity that the narrator didn’t do his research and kept miss pronouncing African place names on the book. It’s a shame that effort is made for French words but not African words

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Brilliant Book

another great book by Wilbur Smith and expertly read. really enjoyed the book. on to the next one in the series

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Excellent

Another winner by Wilbur Smith who once again takes the listener to Africa, the third in the series in on my pod ready to go.

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rip soaring adventure story

wilbur smith at his best with wonderful characters and a pounding storyline to keep the listener enthralled

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  • 27-09-21

Great book, ruined by the narrators accent

It's beyond me how one can take a historical epic like this, from an author of this stature, and ruin it by using a narrator who has no idea how to pronounce historical names and places.

What's more, his attempt at African accents is just laughable, it sounds nothing like an African accent

Could do much better performance wise

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  • 05-10-20

Africa's early history with the English

This historical fiction teaches as it entertains us. The stories cause us to remember many characters and should you find yourself having to take too much time between your listening sessions, you may have some issues with which character is doing what and why. Read three of Wilber's books so far, but need a break. Cheers, Ken

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  • 11-04-19

awesome book

This is a fantastically and beautifully sad stories vcvvvv depicting the ravage of Africa and it's people. one of the best is a wonderful series.

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  • 15-12-18

Epic Continuation

After waiting so long to have English translated audiobooks from Wilbur Smith having listened to this almost straight thru I can't wait to start the next. Wilbur Smith has always been a favorite of mine and armed with the knowledge of unabridged versions now being released I can't wait for the next issuing pre-ordered copies as soon as they are available. Worthy of many listeners for historical reference and spellbinding tales alike there's something for everyone in this series!