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Shasa closed his mouth slowly. The very foundations of his political beliefs and principles were shaken and the walls cracked through. They had led him up into a high place and shown him the prize that was his for the taking.  

The future of a country. The end of a family. 

Shasa Courtney, heir to the Courtney fortunes, dreams only of uniting his divided, beloved country. Against all his principles, he allows his half brother Manfred to persuade him to join South Africa's right-wing National Party, hoping to moderate from within their dangerous policies of apartheid.  

But Shasa's wife is working against everything he's working for while Manfred has deadly secrets he cannot afford to be revealed, either to his family or the public who are on the brink of war. In the terrible struggle for the future of South Africa, the Courtney family will be torn apart - and many will have to pay a terrible price....

A Courtney Series adventure - book 3 in the Burning Shore sequence.

©2018 Wilbur Smith (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Great book to understand South Africa

I have read all the Courtney books by Wilbur Smith. Of course, the first “When the lion feeds” is the best, followed by “Power of the sword” and now “Rage” the biggest and most controversial. Rage is realistic, tough, sad and revealing - the ability of sane men to do truly evil things to their fellow humans while preserving their own “freedom.” It is a book that will make you think long after you came to the last chapter. All the characters are riveting and believable.

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Wilbur Smith at his finest

This is Wibur Smith at his finest and then some. Wilbur has said that this was his most difficult title and it's easy to see why. Never boring, with excellent and deep character development eliciting emotion and feeling. Though the subject content is potentially disturbing, it is presented in a meaningful and insightful way where one can understand and identify with a deep and emotionally charged issue from both sides. Excellent.

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Smith rarely - if ever - disappoints…

…and Rage is typically enthralling. Of course there is a usual plenitude of eyebrow raising coincidence and unlikely…social (as well as biological) incestuousness, but cast aside skepticism…Smith is fair to both sides of the apartheid issue, refrains from the politically correct agenda (thank the Lord) and is refreshingly prescient.
Great Story!

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I see you Wilbur Smith. RIP

I want to see Africa because of these books, and I've jumped in and out of their history as well. What a tragedy that country has endured since the arrival of the white man...

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Very poor Afrikaans accent.

The readers English presentation was excellent. However he made the Afrikaans accented characters sound childish and uneducated. I did not like the French accent either.

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Extremely poor pronunciation

As a fully bilingual listener I find I grating each time Sean Barrett attempts an Afrikaans name or word. His pronunciation does not vaguely resemble the vernacular. What happened to phonetics?

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Characters are all too screwed up to enjoy

I love Wilbur Smith. I’ve listened to almost every one of his recorded books. He always does a good job making characters complex. Not all good, not all bad. This time it didn’t work. I couldn’t finish it. The racism and sexism and all-around disturbed characters is too much and overshadows the historical importance of the Apartheid struggle. I know that it was a dark time in history but he chose to add gas to that fire.

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Rage

I first read Rage years ago and now have heard the story. It is a very good book, well written and the narrator is amazing. He brought the story to life for me. Having read all the Courtney series I feel like I am surfacing from an adventure far away and that I know all those characters intimately. Great story telling. Wilbur Smith at his best. Highly recommended.

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Excellent.

The Courtney series is a wonderful read/listen. I definitely recommend all six books and hope a 7th book will be coming in the future. Thank you Mr Smith.

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  • 03-02-20

Loved the Book and the Now the Audible One!

I've been a fan of Wilbur Smith as long as I can remember and have pretty much all his books. Rage fits neatly into the Courtney series and I would recommend it anyone interested in Smith's story of the South African family. My only issue with the narration was that the sound quality was quite poor - or at least the recorded sound was not always high enough and even with my headphones on full volume it was a struggle to hear sometimes (like too much bass?). It was very easy to tell when it switched to a different file as the volume changed!

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  • Topshopper
  • 06-07-19

superb

As usual a really fantastic story. Well done again Wilbur Smith. You just can't fail .

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  • Patrick Hostler
  • 06-24-20

Brilliant

One of the best in the Courtney series. Sean Barrett is the most brilliant narrator.

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  • Steve j
  • 06-12-19

Ok but getting repetitive.

Ok but the series is in danger of becoming repetitive and the intimacies very macho and at the same time cliché.

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  • Steve
  • 08-02-19

Good story

I like the person who read this book it's just a bit much with they are the richest best looking strongest best lover but having written that it is a really really good story to listen to

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  • B Gillingham
  • 07-27-19

Happy and disapointed

really enjoyed listeni g to this book cant wait to read forward to next book but cant find it on Audible !!

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  • Akin Kunlipe
  • 10-05-19

What an amazing audible book

Wilbur Smith writing was descriptive and captivating engaging my attention for every little details. what an amazing piece of work. thumbs up

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-22

Hooked. Mix-up history, patriotism & passion......

Makes for a great read, but once one gets hooked on the audible-version...... it will keep one hooked during long-days of hard labour (ear-budz), lazy weekends (b/t-speakers) or just rush-hour traffic (car-audio)!!
Wilbur Smith is treuly a master at living-up history through real-live ordinary humans in the details utilising emotions, passion and heart-aches. There is no room for fantasy in history, although the amound of life-lessons is limitless. Trueth of life's jing-yang is throuh-out evident where every action (good or bad intended) always plays out with an equal, but opposite re-action.....esspecially if "the other person's situation" is not concidered in life.
I love the true history being played out over generations and the trueth in a shrewd way, where later generations will, unfortunately mess-up their values and future.....by "fighting with/against their own roots"

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  • Amazon Customer David Harding
  • 01-27-22

So sad the author is no longer with us

I've read several of the Courteney series, all brilliant but this one was the best. Superb. A big investment of listening time but worth every second. R.I.P.

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  • andrew
  • 01-02-22

a masterly conclusion

a massive finale to an epic series.
sean barrett deserves an oscar, his narration is astonishing.

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  • Graham Webb
  • 10-15-21

Rage for South Africa!

loved it! Follow the history of South Africa and its people. Great story of love ,daring and tells the story of 2 completly different individuals, Sasha Courtney and Manfried de la Rey who by fate are interwoven in Apertheid South Africa.

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  • Janique
  • 07-16-21

Exhilarating, frightening and

Another gripping saga told against the backdrop of the meticulously researched context of the apartheid era and the population’s struggle against it. Cruelty, cannibalism, sadomasochism, treason, betrayal, philandering, drug taking, murder, torture, revenge, corruption, and copious amounts of alcohol consumption are balanced against the ideas of family honour, love, loss, ambition, a battle against oppression, nationalism and freedom. The Courtney family at the centre of it all. At times the detailed descriptions of events had me wincing and even sucking in air as Smith drew me into the anger and the hatred. I am left wondering after 23 hours of intense action and adventure whether the ending wasn’t all too convenient and well too mellow! Sasha Courtney starts out as a sharp-minded, ambitious protagonist with a distant relationship with his children but seems to soften and calm towards the end, over-indulging his children creating some interesting outcomes. Similarly Manfred De Le Ray is a calculating and forceful character, it would have been more interesting I think if there were an ulterior motive for Manfred’s cooperation with Sasha played out towards the end, it would have made a good twist, although not a surprising one. As for Sean Courtney, I wonder if we’ll see more of him in subsequent stories and what Smith will do with this diabolical character. I am enjoying Smith’s construction of fictional events interwoven with intimate insights to the non-fiction events of the era. Education and entertainment in one read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-14-21

awesome

awesome series of books absolutely love the story line and history of it all very good

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-20

Barret plus Wilbur Smith

what another incredible performance by Sean Barret. what a rare talent. And what a rich and wonderful story telling by Wilbur Smith depicting South Africa during apartheid. I can't stop listening to this multi generational multi book series with a story set across a century and more. these characters feel almost real to me.

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  • Philip
  • 05-01-20

A great book from one of the great writers

Although I have an interest in South African history, especially the period of apartheid and the incarceration of many black leaders, this book is more than that. Like all Smith’s Courtenay series books, this is one of his greatest - perhaps for me because it is in my lifetime - but also because the plot is so crafted and interwoven around the family and it’s characters so vivid, both flawed and exotic. Sean Barrett is the perfect narrator for Wilbur Smith and although struggled at times in his earlier books is now well accomplished with the accents and characterisation. His delivery is almost flawless. Overall one of better books I have listened to. I put these two together up with Dickens for storytelling. Never a dull moment and always a morality tale.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-29-19

Another masterclass in narrative

Wilbur Smith is still the definitive story teller of Africa!!
A monster of a story carrying on the Courtney dynasty.

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  • IZZY
  • 07-28-19

Fantastic read!

Wonderful to experience the complexities of South African history though the eyes and lives of the characters in the book - some fictional characters, many real - a riveting tapestry!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-19

Sensational!

Wilbur Smith at his usual best!!
Have read all the books so far in the Courtenay series & have loved every one!