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Trackers

Series: Lemmer, Book 2
Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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Summary

A housewife running from years of domestic abuse. A bodyguard hired to escort a smuggled rhinoceros. A group of Islamic terrorists based in a quiet residential street. A secret government agency threatened with amalgamation within a bigger department. A retired policeman trying to get used to his new career in the private sector. Each of these strands of a brilliant narrative is populated with superbly-drawn characters, and woven into a stunningly exciting drama by the undisputed king of South African suspense fiction. Not only a heart-pounding thriller, but also a love story and a fabulous kaleidoscopic picture of South African society, this is the finest novel yet from an author whose reputation is growing all around the world.

©2011 Deon Meyer (P)2011 Hodder & Stoughton

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Enjoyable

I liked this book, I liked the readers, and maybe the accents were not 100%, but I really liked it.

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Narration

Enjoyed listening to this Audio book but it was frustrating when the pronunciation of some of the Afrikaans words were incorrect. Can this please be reviewed.

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A bit of a mess

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I suppose if you are heavily into South African politics society it might have more meaning for you.

What could Deon Meyer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The threads needed to interconnect more and have some sort of resolution rather that just hanging.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

I had no favourite, I could not get attached to them before the narrative moved on. I particularly disliked the multi-voice sections which were jarring. This should have been a plain reading rather than a cross between dramatisation and audiobook.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Trackers?

Everything that did not have any bearing on anything else, i.e. most of the book.

Any additional comments?

I kept listening, expecting all the threads to be drawn together in some clever way but they were just left dangling which was most upsetting.

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A beginning, middle and no end

This was my first Deon Meyer book. I liked the use of three narrators, the accents were not a problem for me. I thought the characters were were developed in each story line and I was trying to second guess how they would all be woven together at the end. At this point I was thinking this was a 4 or 5 star read.
Unfortunately, the end was a damp squib with only a very marginal effort to inter-twine the individual stories and hence my overall rating. I am currently reading another of his books but this one was just under-cooked.

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if disappointment had a face it would be mine.

For years my husband eagerly awaits anything from Deon Meyer's pen and he loves them, but, he reads them in Afrikaans. When I saw a Deon Meyer in the Audible Library I was overjoyed and even kept it a secret from him and couldn't wait to switch on my "surprise" find when we did our road trip! What a disappointment this experience has been, the South African accents are atrocious, not even in South Africa would you hear one, and I assume the readers are locals, I know Sandra Duncan is. I dread getting into the car (that's when we do Audible) knowing I have to be subjected to this painful rendition and translation. Sorry Deon you really deserve better. Maricha, Worcester, South Africa

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  • C van den Berg
  • 17-04-12

great book compromised by inconsistent narration

Would you listen to Trackers again? Why?

yes, this is a complex story with great characters that I hope can be developed in further books

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

the plot is not as immediately compelling as some of his other books but it is nevertheless very rewarding.

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Saul Reichlin is as accomplished as ever. He makes his characters absolutely believable. He reads with intelligent understanding of the writer's intentions. He should have done all the narration. He alone does the South African accents convincingly. The other two narrators spoil the production.

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  • Lia
  • 10-01-12

Disjointed

I love Deon Meyer and have listened to many of his books. Parts of the book were really good but in the end he did not bring it together in the end for me.

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  • Hennie
  • 03-12-12

Narration below par

Deon Meyer is a special writer and I love all his books. I was disappointed with how little effort Rupert Degas put into the correct pronunciation of some Afrikaans words like "Oom" and "Karoo" as well as some place names. When the word is used once like a place name one can grit your teeth and move on, but when the word is used repeated it gets too much - it spoils the experience to a large extent. Give me Saul Reichlin every time!

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  • Paul Grobler
  • 25-03-12

Great book, not so great narration

I enjoyed this Deon Meyer novel for a number of reasons. His insight into human behaviour and how he can get into his character's heads is remarkable. He had completely different storylines which came together at the end (this aspect could perhaps be done a bit better), but the story lines were interesting and intriguing in and of themselves.

Saul Reichlin is by far one of my favourite narrators and I am always amazed at his excellent rendering of various accents, especially his range of South African ones. But herein lies my criticism. With respect to the other narrators who also participated in this production, why did he not narrate the whole book on his own? He would have been more than capable of handling it himself. In my opinion the other voice actors detracted from the production and lowered the quality of the final product. Their accents were also not well researched at all, not getting basic words right like the Afrikaans "Oom".

The other thing I found strange is the use of the term "hell's bells" as a form of mild cussing. I have only listened to the English translation and don't know what the original Afrikaans term was, but I don't know of any Afrikaner who uses that term. Since I don't know the original I might be out of my place with this criticism, but I find that a highly unlikely and unauthentic translation of whatever the Afrikaans was.

Having said all this, I still think it is worth getting and listening to as Deon Meyer is an excellent author, Saul Reichlin is an excellent narrator, and the two of them makes a good team.

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  • Jacobus
  • 20-04-20

A lot gets lost in pronunciation

Deon Meyer weaves an intricate tapestry of plots together bound by the idea of "tracking" and those doing the "tracking", namely the "trackers". The reader (listener) becomes a tracker her-/himself until all the different tracks tie into one knot.

This makes the book very enjoyable. Sometimes you might have to go back and listen to some parts again, especially if you lost the track yourself.

I found it very difficult to follow the hints in certain places. Initially I thought it might be a bad translation of the Afrikaans "Spoor" ("tracking", "tracing", "way"), but after taking time to figure out some of the awkward names of some of the characters, I realised that A LOT is lost in pronunciation of Afrikaans words. Often these words tie parts of the story together.

It would have helped a lot if Saul Reichlin, Rupert Degas and Sandra Duncan were exposed to Afrikaans pronunciation as they have put a lot of effort in the reading of the book. They should be commended for their professional and interpretative reading. Meyer's Fever is an example of where the narrators took the pronunciation of Afrikaans words in the English translation seriously, creating an excellent spell of alterity (foreignness) and commonality - their performance makes it foreign enough while giving the reader a chance to associate her/ him with the characters.

THough the book might feel disjointed at times due to the above, I still recommend it highly. Deon Meyer makes an excellent tracker out of his reader (listener), thus involving you in an intimate way in the story. See if you can track the little diamonds binding the story together.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-01-20

not bad but not the best

This book is made up of 4 smaller books which build up the whole story. It takes a bit of memory and concentration to find exactly where they overlap and I found the last book didn't reveal enough of the main story to justify the length. The book was OK.

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  • Mark
  • 30-10-19

I always enjoy Deon Meyer's work and this one is

I always enjoy Deon Meyer's work and this one is no exception. Written as a three part series these stories are great in their own right while also being vaguely linked together. A top tier effort for my library.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-03-19

Riveting. Loved the many twists to the plot

Being South African, fully related to the characters and settings. Very entertaining narration and easy to visualize the scenes.

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  • P. J. Lay
  • 27-08-12

Another Superb Thriller from this Author

What did you love best about Trackers?

This book is one of those that you can't put down until you reach the end, it's really three stories in one, each one as exciting as the last, I recommend it

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  • antonio
  • 07-06-12

A disappointment ! Deon Meyer, you can do better..

The excessively long novel contains in fact three stories that not well linked one to another : a sort of spy story (boring), another one dealing with one of Meyer's favorite character (Lemmer) smuggling a rhino into the South Africa and finally a "classic" police investigation (the best part of the book). Deon Meyer is a very interesting South African writer , but this time he has tried to do too many things at once and the result is disappointing. Meyer's strengths lie into the ability to carve out great characters and in developing a plot that gradually increases in complexity and intensity. Trackers offers none of this ; rather is -from page one- superficial, too fast moving , overly complex.

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