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Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Dark Star Trilogy, Book 1
Written by: Marlon James
Narrated by: Dion Graham
Length: 24 hrs and 1 min
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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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  • Alison
  • 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.

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  • designislovely3033
  • 18-02-19

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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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 10-07-19

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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  • Mikael
  • 13-04-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-04-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-04-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-19

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-03-19

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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  • J. Wexler
  • 10-03-20

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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  • Wes
  • 08-03-20

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-02-20

A fake African epic

Black Leopard, Red Wolf is the first of Marlon James’ ‘fantasy trilogy’. He is clearly ambitious when he speaks of his project as an ‘African Game of Thrones’. That is a tall order.

Like ‘Game of Thrones’, this novel creates a vast cast of characters and locations. As the elements and structure of epic sagas dictate, there are dangerous quests to follow, fantastical creatures to outwit and vanquish, inhospitable and mysterious lands to cross, powerful magic, vulnerable characters in need of rescuing and, of course, invincible heroes who will save the day. The trouble is that there are so many of these that the reader soon gets completely lost and, quite frankly, stops caring about who does what, where and when.

Marlon James’ aim to invent a great African literary epic is very appealing. It is a great shame that he seems to have got mired in his own imagination and creative span. If Black Leopard, Red Wolf is representative of the next two books, I am afraid that I won’t be reading them.

I have only listened to the Audible version, not read the novel. It may well be that the absolutely dreadful, condescending fake ‘native’ accent the narrator puts on, as well as the utterly ridiculous ‘other’ voices he ‘speaks’, make listening to the book a worse experience than reading it could be. However, the truth is that this so called epic does neither engage nor excite. It’s an incoherent shambles. It just reads and shouts fake. Fake legends. Fake myths. Fake culture. Fake speech. Fake African.

A big failure. A great shame.