Empires of Sand

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: David Ball

Narrated By: George Guidall

Publisher: Recorded Books

Date: May 2011

Duration: 28 hours 4 minutes


After four trips to the Sahara and extensive historical research, David Ball crafted this sweeping adventure novel spanning two continents and 15 years. Set against a backdrop of the crumbling French Empire's attempts to colonize the Sahara Desert, Empires of Sand follows the lives of two cousins who are raised as brothers but destined to become enemies. It is 1870, and France is at war with Prussia. The son of a French count and a Saharan noblewoman, Moussa has been born to privilege. His cousin Paul will be an Army Officer like his father. For two young boys, the siege of Paris is merely another grand adventure. But as tensions rise, the French become more and more suspicious of 'outsiders.' When Moussa and his mother are forced to flee to her homeland, it will be 10 years before Moussa and Paul meet again-on opposite sides of a brutal battle for control of the Sahara. David Ball has created a swashbuckling tale with something for everyone. With his masterful narration, George Guidall perfectly captures the struggles of two men as their personal loyalties shift in a rapidly changing world.


  • Jennifer R.

    I was impressed by David Ball’s story in the anthology Rogues and downloaded this book to venture out from my usual authors. This book immediately grabbed my attention and did not disappoint. I appreciated the depth of characters and the diverse settings. For historical fiction lovers, this book is guaranteed to teach you something more than the traditional iconic moments so often told. Best book I’ve read in the last couple of years. Narrator also made this an easy listen due to his pace and variation in characters.

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