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King of Kings

Written by: Wilbur Smith
Narrated by: Elliot Chapman
Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins

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Cairo, 1887. A beautiful September day. Penrod Ballantyne and his fiancée, Amber Benbrook, stroll hand in hand. The future is theirs for the taking. 

But when Penrod's jealous former lover, Lady Agatha, plants doubt about his character, Amber leaves him and travels to the wilds of Abyssinia with her twin sister, Saffron, and her adventurer husband, Ryder Courtney. On a mission to establish a silver mine, they make the dangerous journey to the new capital of Addis Ababa, where they are welcomed by Menelik, the King of Kings. 

Back in Cairo, a devastated Penrod seeks oblivion in the city's opium dens. He is rescued by an old friend, who is now in the Italian army, and offered the chance to join the military efforts. Italy has designs on Abyssinia, and there are rumours of a plan to invade....

With storm clouds gathering, and on opposing sides of the invasion, can Penrod and Amber find their way back to one another - against all the odds?

©2019 Wilbur Smith (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-06-19

Just ok

Just ok not my favorite, thus far, I'm trying to get the same feelings I got from the Blue Horizon......

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  • limey47570
  • 30-04-19

Not his best

I have been reading Wilbur Smith for over 40 years he is the master of his work. He has taken me to the edge and beyond with his inspirational tales. This one is in my opinion not one if his best, it lacks the fire that was so prevalent in all his other magnificent books.

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  • Angad
  • 31-07-19

Great

Great book I would love the listern to the entire series provided the parts of the actual book is not missing. like in the books I got in the bigning & waisted close to 30 credits.

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  • davidhille
  • 04-06-19

The story behind all the magic

I have read all of Wilbur Smiths novels, many more then once and some even three times over the 25 years that I have listened to books on tape, books on my iPod and now books on I phone. I truly enjoyed Wilburs story of his life and much of it was woven through many of his novels. I give five stars to Wilbur Smith, five stars to all his novels and five stars for the hundreds of hours of pure listening pleasure while working on my scaffold installing ceilings, driving on the road and walking on the trail.
God speed Wilbur.

David
Seattle

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  • Roger
  • 26-04-19

Classic Wilbur Smith

So much of it was expected, nevertheless it was a very satisfying read.

Nice balance of coverage of cultures.

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  • JDD
  • 21-04-19

Superb volume in an AWESOME series

While my love of Africa surely influences my fondness for the author and his writing, this volume is particularly treasured because it provides closure to many characters and events. Having read all of the series, I can think of no other author who touches me the was Smith has.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-04-19

Good but...

This book takes place within the book 'Triumph of the sun' and gives more attention to some of the strong female characters. The story is very good, but readers of 'Triumph of the sun' need to suspend their disbelief to squeeze this tale into the original...it doesn't quite fit in my opinion. It also has a slightly diluted feel to it compared to other Wilbur Smith books...not as tense or (strange thing to say) cruel. This may be because we know what happens to all the main characters in the end since they have to slot neatly back into the other story and because the book was co-authored. All in all a good book and well worth the listen, but be prepared for a slightly different experience.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-05-19

King of Kings

As all of his books


As all of his books once listing of reading very hard to put down ,but have to save so to be continued . Very good read and good story hope there is continuation of the story

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  • Bob Meyer
  • 17-07-20

Wilbur Smith at his best

The storyline may be similar but the scene setting & narration brought the story to life

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-20

Gripping story

This story was a gripping love story with just the right amount of intrigue, fighting and love. The narrator on occasions spoke so quickly though it made me hold my breath. I personally would have preferred his delivery to be somewhat slower although in places his quickness in narration gave you a sense of all the emotion of the situation.
All in all I couldn’t put my audiobook down. Excellent story!

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  • NJD
  • 31-10-19

Excellent!

Unparalleled adventure. Wilbur Smith at the peak of his powers providing insight into the great civilisation of Ethiopia . Instead of the current media portrayal of starving children, you realise what a proud great nation it is . A fascinating spiritual journey for one of teh main characters from evil to good. Evil villains and amazing heroes . However, not a true Wilbur classic as a lot of the book was written by Imogen Robertson

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-10-19

King of kings

Very good lots of twist in story exlent plots good narrator makes book alive good auther

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  • Candice McGowan
  • 17-09-19

Gripping throughout

I loved this book, the first I've read by Wilbur Smith. I was gripped from the start. it really brought to life the characters, culture of the time and the African way of life

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  • Khonsu
  • 02-08-19

Felt more like Wilbur Smith

If you like Wilbur Smith - you'll like this book.

Unlike some of the more recent novels, the collaborations, this was a return to the power the Wilbur Smith has to pull you into the scenery and cultures of Africa. It's a decent storyline as well. Easy to follow, you probably guess what's going to happen but you are happy to know it.

Very well narrated by Elliot Chapman. I hope he's a busy man doing more audio books.

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  • Qn
  • 22-07-19

Unexpected Resurrection

It was great to hear about the continued story of the Banbrook sisters, Ryder & Penrod after so long. Great story telling as usual - long may it continue.

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  • Ex Rhodie
  • 03-05-19

Another great African Story

Another very well researched yarn from the Wilbur Smith Library. Very interesting, beautifully written but rather predicable in the end. I look forward to the next installment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-07-19

An Enthralling book!

Loved this book...was hard to put down...Wilbur Smith is a fantastic author & the narrator did a wonderful job!