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Tembo Makaburi

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Tembo Makaburi, the Swahili term for “elephant cemetery,” is the stuff of which dreams are made for ivory hunters. This is the story of a greedy man's quest for riches and glory as he relentlessly pursues a bull elephant and his valuable ivory tusks across the vast expanse of the Serengeti plains. A chilling tale of greed and revenge!

©2017 John I. Jones (P)2017 John I. Jones

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Great story

This was narrated brilliantly and I really felt like I was there on the hunt.
At first the subject matter wasn’t to my taste and it was actually a little uncomfortable to listen to, but as it went on the direction changed and I really enjoyed it.

A short listen, but well worth it.

Please note, I did receive a free copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.

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  • Spooky Mike
  • 14-11-17

Great Short Story

Hunting an elephant in the fabled elephant graveyard. Is there something supernatural about the graveyard or is the hunter becoming the hunted? Very nice short story that I would recommend to anyone who likes a good game of cat and mouse.

JD Kelly did a fantastic job. I was in the passenger seat the whole time and this was a great ride. Can't wait to hear more from him.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Tiffany
  • 15-12-17

I wanted to like this book more

I don't mine books that follow a checklist as long as it is well written. The narration was okay. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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  • HeatherY
  • 24-10-17

The Cost of Arrogance

It's 1968 and big game hunter Walter Cravens is pursuing a dying bull elephant across the Serengeti plains. Accompanied by his Masai native guide, Cravens stops at nothing in his pursuit of the elephant's ivory tusks. Even a dire warning from an old woman won't stop him from seeking the elephant's destination, Tembo Makaburi, the elephant graveyard.

Jones captured me again with this story about a man's greed and arrogance. In just a few paragraphs he sketched out the setting and placed me there, baking under the African sun. It's very well written, and as always, has the perfect twist of an ending. If you're hesitating about picking up the book because you're an animal lover or don't like to read about hunting, you'll be ok with this read. It had me googling elephants and their habits, and I love stories that make me want to read more about the subject.

The narration was perfect, the narrator has an English accent for the main story but also performs accents for the African porters and guide. He manages to ooze Craven's arrogance through every word, it was really well done. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • Marcus
  • 21-11-17

Short, but mostly sweet

A tale of arrogance and revenge. Though he's a bit cliche, the author does a good job bringing his arrogant protagonist to life and even fleshes out the sidekick in the process.

Going into this book, you can only expect one ending, but the author still managed to make it worthwhile (and even a bit "surprising" in that I expected it, but forgot!).

The narrator did an excellent job with the tone and accents.

My only gripe would be on the style of writing. Lots of repeated phrases and sentences that began with "Suddenly", "After a while", "Then, suddenly a sudden..." etc. I couldn't unhear it after a while and it got to be a bit distracting.

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for posting my honest review.

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  • Claire
  • 01-11-17

Want to know why greed doesn't pay?

If you're looking for a story that delivers the message that greed doesn't pay then you are in the right place, this book manages it without coming across as 'preachy'.

It was both fascinating and disturbing. Fascinating because it gives a glimpse for what life was like in another time and also shows a mindset that is so different from mine. Disturbing because the idea of eating elephant is just so very wrong by today's standards and because I'm against killing animals as a trophy sport.

The narration did a great job of conveying the tension in the story and the character voices were convincing.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Katie
  • 02-02-19

Packs in a lot for such a short story......

Tembo Makaburi is a short story about a big game hunter and his indentured servant in the Africa of the 1960's, long before governments placed any restrictions on the killing of endangered species. It is difficult to review this novella without giving away the plot, so I will just say that this story pits Walter Cravens, a white man from England caring only about the fame and fortune he hopes to acquire by killing African animals, and the wise elephant that Walter incorrectly believes that he is hunting. What follows is an intriguing look at the downfall of this selfish man whose greed ultimately leads to his worst nightmare. Although short, this story contains plenty of action and mystique as well as a unique perspective on how much smarter animals are than humans give them credit for being.

JD Kelly's narration is terrific. He has a deep voice that perfectly suits Craven's larger than life personality, but his voice also adds to the overall eerie feeling of foreboding woven throughout this story.

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  • Aurora Dawn
  • 01-02-19

The Hunter and the Hunted

A big game hunter takes on one trophy too many in this brilliantly suspenseful story set in the elephant lands of Africa. A well written story with a hero with a classic fatal flaw and an antagonist who challenges him to the bitter end. The real question is who's the hero and who's the antagonist.
A quick read but a classic story.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 23-01-19

a book with a great lesson

the wonderful story about an more wonderful elephant.
it's a book about Karma ,about consequences, and about reflection... it's not a long book but it's a book with a great message.... the fiction in this book is fantastic and incredible.... I loved it very much the narrator was fabulous as well... a great story for people around the world.... it's a very important story and I adored it
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  • RJ
  • 21-01-19

A tale of greed and arrogance!

From Nairobi to Johannesburg our protagonist was known as Walter “Big Bwana” Craven. Craven is an ivory hunter, and the year is 1968. It would be another five years before Kenya would enact laws banning the ivory trade. Craven and his Masai guide Abasi, doggedly follow the trail of a wise old bull elephant. Although it is a story told over the campfires of hunters, Craven’s dream of finding the legendary elephant graveyard may come true. Ignoring several warnings, Craven’s greed and arrogance drive him deeper into the dense jungle. What they ultimately find is a lesson stoked in the supernatural. One might call it poetic justice. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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  • Catrina P
  • 10-01-19

Karma

A short tale of greed and arrogance with a powerful message.

John Issac Jones has such a way with words. He pulls you right in to the story very quickly and it’s like you are right there watching it happen.

JD Kelly did a fantastic job with the narration. He really brought the story to life.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.