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  • A Falcon Flies

  • The Ballantyne Series, Book 1
  • Written by: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: Elliot Chapman
  • Length: 21 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Falcon Flies is the first best-selling novel in Wilbur Smith's epic tale of Africa, The Ballantyne Novels.  

In search of a father they barely remember, Zouga and Dr Robyn Ballantyne board Mungo St John's magnificent clipper to speed them to Africa. But long before they sight that mighty continent, Robyn knows that she and Mungo will battle with all the fury of natural enemies - and love with all the desperation of those unable to evade the commands of fate. For if she can bring hope and healing to Africa's fever-ridden shores, he, a lawless trader in human cargo, will possess any man - or woman - he chooses....

Set in 1860, this gripping tale is followed by Men of Men, The Angels Weep and The Leopard Hunts in Darkness.

©1980 Wilbur Smith (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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aweome

as awesome as I remember reading it 40 years ago. perfect narration. thanks. on to book 2

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Far from one of this authors best!

I’m not sure I would recommend this book to anyone. I chose this rating because while The narrator is good, there is not a great deal more positive to say about this book. Descriptions and history quite positive as well, but as for the storyline, the characters, and the development, the book leaves a lot to be desired. The brother and sister team are completely at odds at all times. The female is extremely naïve and exceptionally devastating in her actions. She is completely thoughtless and self-absorbed. While she is presented as an intelligent character, she is absolutely not. The young British captain while naïve, is very susceptible to her Limited and shallow personality and he pretty much destroyed his life in pursuit of her. The American, who has more character While Flawed is equally destroyed by his trust in her. Really not a good book!

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Deep and Historical

Wilber Smith writes amazing adventurous stories. Ful of details of Africa and its people and told in full graphic detail hard to listen too.
Adventure ,Strong men and women, descriptions of sea battles, bthe beauty of the scenery of the country , wild animals.
Elliott Chapman great reader.
I read these books years ago but Elliott brought life to the stories and I look forward to the next part of this tale.

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Slow start not riviting

I found this book hard to catch my attention and to keep it.
I have heard many of his books now and I find they are hit and miss.
This book and two others I have had trouble with file error messages which throws me off my tasks to try to fix.

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  • Michele Haines
  • 2019-12-12

What A Writer

If you haven’t read Wilbur Smith YOU NEED TO! I am so sad because I have now finished all of his series along with all but one of his novels. I’m saving that for an up coming road trip with my husband.
Mr. Smiths writing style is so very extraordinary, vivid, alive, I feel like I am a character in one of his stories his novels are so easy to melt into. I feel as though I can, smell the air, taste the salt of the sea, feel the stinging heat of the desert, touch the minerals and rocks, hike through the jungles, go on Safari, feel the splashing rain, smell the mineral iron smell of blood, ride a horse....I JUST DO NOT KNOW HOW TO EXPRESS HOW FABULOUS THESE NOVELS & SERIES ARE!
***THANK YOU Wilber Smith for sharing your stories with the world, I for one am richer for it.

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  • JDD
  • 2019-04-06

very good start to the series

As with the Courtney series, the era is of tall master ship, real men and adventure. I can not wait for the next book.

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  • Peet Steyn
  • 2019-01-14

Storytelling that makes you want to read more

Get ready for a good old African Safari in high gear. "A Falcon flies" is a gripping story with a number of interesting sub-stories that keeps the tale interesting and entices the reader to keep on listening chapter after chapter. The novel gives one wonderful insight into the challenges and daily life of African explorers in the 19th century with great detail and delightful adventure. The Narrator also makes for an easy and enjoyable listen.
Great Book!

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  • Richard C. Dewey
  • 2022-05-09

Another Wilbur Smith masterpiece.

Always interesting. Always educating. Hard to put down. Smith draws the listener into the story.

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  • James c wolf
  • 2022-03-24

outstanding

my favorite author
never disappointed. reread this many times
the series is great 👍

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  • mya campbell
  • 2021-10-20

Twists and turns

Wilbur Smith has again created one of his African adventures. Filled with excitement,variety and well you just never know what’s going to be around the next corner. One of his best.

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  • James R. Peters
  • 2021-02-07

The beginnings of Rhodesia

An excellent story covering the slave trade and the exploration of the country that was Rhodesia and now Zimbabwe. Learn about the Matabele people and King Mzilikazi and his Nguni warriors.

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  • Tom Wood
  • 2020-12-15

Cant stand narrator

I could not listen to this book. The narrator is too negative and whinny. The author seems as usual to be fascinated with sex. But I only was able to listen to an hour or so.

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  • Wali lowe
  • 2020-10-21

Again!

An amazing story that just pulls you in, the details and the way things are explained is like you've been there before....on to the next book !

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  • Rancher
  • 2020-08-06

Interesting, educational and exciting.

It's a "meaty" yarn. It has plenty of adventure with strong characters who possess the courage and strength to explore the little known and very different country of Africa. It felt real. It was as if the writer had included me along as a member of the expedition.

Unlike some others who have commented, I found the narration to be quite good.

Some books cause you to "spend" your time listening or reading. This one felt more as if I were "investing" my time. I'm happy with my ROI i.e. return on investment. Likely you will be too. Enjoy your journey.

I've added Book 2 in this series to my library as well as Book 1 of another series written by Wilbur.

Cheers, Ken

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