• Men of Men

  • The Ballantyne Series, Book 2
  • By: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: Elliot Chapman
  • Length: 21 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (171 ratings)

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Men of Men

By: Wilbur Smith
Narrated by: Elliot Chapman
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Publisher's Summary

Following on from the events begun in A Falcon Flies, Men of Men continues Wilbur Smith's epic story of the Ballantynes.  

It is the age of empire, of blood and conquest, of boundless excitement and possibility. Striding in the footsteps of the pioneers is Zouga Ballantyne. His dream begins in the danger and drudgery of the diamond pits and ends up on the rich grasslands of Matabeleland - but not before a king and a proud warrior nation have paid the price of history.... 

Men of Men is followed by The Angels Weep and The Leopard Hunts in the Darkness.

©1981 Wilbur Smith (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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I gave up about half way thru.

The subject of Africa during that time period is a very interesting one, and both the writing and narration are excellent. But there's not enough excitement for a book this long. Even though I have several other books in this series, (that I got in sale for $3.50), I think I'm quitting. I may try the other series I have by Wilbur Smith,

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Interesting Story good narration

Absolutely fascinating story with many interesting facts about the African way of life. agreed Entertainment from beginning to end

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writing at its best

MEN OF MEN
IS HISTROCIAL FICTION AT IT'S BEST AND WILBUR SMITH IS THE BEST.
GOD AND PEACE BE WITH HIM

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A great story!

Really enjoyed the book; just a pity the narrator didn’t pronounce places and names correctly. Still a great listen though.

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Great book, ruined by the narrators accent

It's beyond me how one can take a historical epic like this, from an author of this stature, and ruin it by using a narrator who has no idea how to pronounce historical names and places.

What's more, his attempt at African accents is just laughable, it sounds nothing like an African accent

Could do much better performance wise

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Africa's early history with the English

This historical fiction teaches as it entertains us. The stories cause us to remember many characters and should you find yourself having to take too much time between your listening sessions, you may have some issues with which character is doing what and why. Read three of Wilber's books so far, but need a break. Cheers, Ken

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awesome book

This is a fantastically and beautifully sad stories vcvvvv depicting the ravage of Africa and it's people. one of the best is a wonderful series.

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Epic Continuation

After waiting so long to have English translated audiobooks from Wilbur Smith having listened to this almost straight thru I can't wait to start the next. Wilbur Smith has always been a favorite of mine and armed with the knowledge of unabridged versions now being released I can't wait for the next issuing pre-ordered copies as soon as they are available. Worthy of many listeners for historical reference and spellbinding tales alike there's something for everyone in this series!

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  • Cath23
  • 10-18-20

let down by narrator

Good story but the narrator's accent was inaccurate. Some words were mispronounced eg Jan, velt

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  • Scotias Tippy
  • 01-08-19

Fascinating story.

This book has held me enthralled both with the actual story line, and all the true facts of both people and places.

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  • gary
  • 07-05-19

A really good read

Enjoyed the book from beginning to end. Having lived in zimbabwe easy to relate to


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  • Patricia
  • 04-09-19

Men of men

Excellent follow on from part one
Narrator was just held your interest all the way through

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  • Ex Rhodie
  • 07-06-21

A Super Historical Book

Yet another a great historical story based around Cecil John Rhodes's ambitious plan to conquer, take over and prosper from the Matabele Tribe in what is now Zimbabwe following his take over of the Diamond mine in Kimberley Southern Africa and establish the British South Africa Company.
Well narrated, reserched thoroughly and based on Historical facts this is a great read, although some might find ut too long. As an ex Rhodesian who lived there for 26 yrs loved it as it as it reminded me of the fascinating History of my country. I hope I find the follow up.

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  • Soy John
  • 11-02-22

Hard to put down

I did not think I would like this as much as I did. The story flows effortlessly and the characters solid if a little one dimensional. It’s good also that the story in anchored by real people and events. Not all whites are bad nor blacks good, but on balance the historical fact of white people pillaging and dispossessing the blacks of their land cannot be ignored.

The only negative, it’s a minor one, is his obsession with physical description of the characters , especially those with beauty and strength.

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  • Eric
  • 02-10-22

Enthralling, moving, tragic!

The first section, to do with the diamond mine, was a bit slow. However, if you persevere, you will get completely hooked!

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  • Tim Brew
  • 12-23-21

Epic saga from the time of empire building.

The Balantynes soldier on at a time where great men aspire to build empires at any human cost.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-21-21

Damn good listen

Carries the Ballantyne story well, although in places tends towards the top shelf!
War and adventure still win out interwoven with good history and research.
MSJ is too strong for comfort.

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  • CATHIRENE M PERKIN
  • 05-26-21

Riveting

The story is excellent and take me back to bygone days. It is such a Hugh pity that the narrator didn’t do his research and kept miss pronouncing African place names on the book. It’s a shame that effort is made for French words but not African words

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  • Andrew Tully
  • 11-29-22

Grand tale of the birth of Rhodesia

In his wonderful style which describes the geography, the flora & African wildlife…. Wilbur Smith weaves the brutal and often misunderstood history of Southern Africa, the noble Matabele nation, the early hunters and diamond pioneers, the battles and greed of power, politics and Cecil John Rhodes with the family fame, fortune, disaster and life of the early Ballantine’s….

A lovely tale of betrayal, lust, hate, love, loyalty, friendship and drama, peppered with action packed hunting, war and African spirituality…..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-22

Another spectacular Wilbur Smith novel.

More "blood and thunder" from Africa's storyteller. The narrator needs to learn some Afrikaans, though.

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  • Hugh
  • 01-31-21

A bit convoluted

I am a long term Wilbur Smith fan. I have read every one of the books that he wrote himself. I remember when I read this book many years ago that I found it a bit confusing and not as rollicking as many of Smith’s other stories. However, this one tells the story of the beginnings of the fall of Rhodesia and is a necessary part of the overall narrative of this series (the Ballantine series) I urge those with an interest in Wilbur Smith’s work to persevere with this one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-21-19

Wilbur Smith excells again!

No doubt that Wilbur Smith is an exceptional author & this book is one of his best.

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  • Richard
  • 07-28-19

Good, but not excellent.

You cannot admire the colonial past in Africa. Possibly a lot of the events in this series are true as more is the pity. The rape of Africa has been by corrupt governments and the consuming presence of international companies and overwhelming presence of the PRC.