• The Leopard Hunts in Darkness

  • The Ballantyne Series, Book 4
  • By: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: Elliot Chapman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The final audiobook in the quartet of The Ballantyne Novels by Wilbur Smith, The Leopard Hunts in Darkness is a taut tale of the internal struggles of a fledgling nation.  

Craig Mellow, acclaimed author but unhappy exile, seizes the chance to return to Zimbabwe when he is given a spying mission for the World Bank. Accompanied by beautiful photographer Sally-Anne Jay, he is at first unaware of the dangerous currents of tribal conflict that swirl below the calm surface of Zimbabwean politics. Then he stumbles upon a highly organised ivory-poaching operation which masks the treacherous plot to sell the country he once fought for into slavery.... 

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Not the best narrator.

Read this book many times in the 80s and 90s. Completely awesome. The narrator had problems pronouncing many words well known to fans and did his Afrikaner accent with a Scottish brogue, ugh!

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Probably the best book I have read

If you live historical fiction, great series or books on Aftica, consider Wilbur Smith. This book best depicts the challenges of Africa, and builds on already superior series.

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  • Hammerman
  • 01-14-19

Missing text

Great story but there are sections from the story which have been omitted and for an unabridged book is not acceptable. For example the switch from Ch14 to Ch15 misses out a significant part of the plot where Craig meets up with the Rebels prior to his raid on the prison compound in Zimbabwe.

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  • Gavin
  • 03-24-19

Being Zimbo I can tell you this book is excellent

Great book so many truths about how Africa is, still very much tribal. Although fiction it gives insight how it really is. Easy to relate to

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  • Adrian Brügger
  • 07-27-22

Excellent, original, captivating

I’ve listened to about 10 audiobooks from Wilbur Smith. Some of them feel repetitive in the sense that they have similar conflicts between family members, similar stories about lust and adultery.
This one, by contrast, is highly original, thrilling, and unpredictable.
The narrator also does a great job.

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  • Keith Sinclair
  • 01-22-22

Brilliant, as usual

This is a great rip roaring story...a great sequel in the Ballantyne series...do buy it

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  • Paul Thompson
  • 10-03-21

Retribution is unavoidable

really liked this book,was unsure at first as I'm used to the Courtney series but after settling into the book..I was very pleased with it ..The narrator also did a great job 👍

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  • BrendonvZyl
  • 10-17-19

Missing parts of the story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-20

best

best of the stories so far! a must read book! can't wait for the next book!