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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,243 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wilbur Smith Narrator: Tim Pigott-Smith Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN:
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Sean Courtney, the impulsive adventurer of When the Lion Feeds, returns from the wilderness a rich man - until he is robbed by the Boers of his wagons, his gold, and the girl he loves. A grim homecoming finds his country in the cruel grip of war. But in the bloody days ahead, conflicts within his family will prove far more bitter than any fought on the veld. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Grainger | 2/16/2014

    " Another fantastic Wilbur Smith book. The second book in the really good Courtney series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karthik Vivekanandhan | 2/11/2014

    " The continuation of the Courtney series....the expectation which rises in the first book is missing in the the second...but still a good read... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 2/8/2014

    " I could not put this book down. The first book in this series, When the Lion Feeds, was an instant favorite for me. This book made me fall in love with the Courtney's at an entirely new level. Every emotion represented so clearly through a family I became so connected to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mpumi Sithole | 2/6/2014

    " After a disappointing end to the When the Lion Feeds, this was a climatic end. Enjoyed the hardship experienced by Sean, when all seemed lost and no hope was near for a reconciliation with his twin brother, then it happens and all truth is laid bare for the brothers. Marvelous read... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra Meyer | 1/24/2014

    " awesome read I mixed up books with my previous comment so am redoing this and putting the other comment where it belongs and fixing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 1/24/2014

    " A good summer pool/beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Bennett | 1/23/2014

    " Wilbur Smith tells are good story. The settings in Africa are a strong plus for me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 1/23/2014

    " Simply the best A great battle. Non stop reading way past my bedtime.Lost treasure to reread. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasa Tovornik | 1/20/2014

    " Not the best, but still a very nice read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Prabhjit Singh | 1/15/2014

    " Excellent W. Smith output! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnn/QuAppelle | 1/12/2014

    " This was the second novel in the Courtney series - I would like to read all of them. I must admit that I skimmed over some of the material in this book about the Boer War. It was a large part of the book, which kind of disappointed me. But still, these books are better than most. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dale Carscadden | 1/8/2014

    " Read all of these books. My favourite was the Courtney series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg Davies | 1/3/2014

    " What an amazing storyteller this guy is. I can imagine him around the camp fire out under the stars spinning a wonderful yarn. I need to see how this story unfolds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 12/21/2013

    " A classic W Smith book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Adams | 12/12/2013

    " Not as good as When the Lion Feed, but still great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stuart | 12/9/2013

    " Wet weather means I can read this book in 3 days. Follow up to When the Lion Feeds moving on to the Boer War. Again a good read if you like war stories though there is a complicated love life for our hero Sean Courtney. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amanda Patterson | 11/29/2013

    " Everyone has to read at least one of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fan Francis | 11/25/2013

    " I am going back to one of Wilbur Smith old books.... still a classic and a refresher as to Sean Courtney's adventure in the hinterland of Africa (South Africa) where the British were fighting the Boers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 11/16/2013

    " Love the characters in this book. Very engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 10/29/2013

    " Another good story following Sean Courtney "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 LaWane | 9/17/2013

    " slower moving than the other books in this series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 4/1/2013

    " This was my first book by Wilbur Smith and I enjoyed it very much. Full of history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johan Roets | 3/25/2013

    " As only Wilbur Smith can do it! Epic, fast paced, a real page turner! The Courtney saga continues ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bertiepope38 Pope | 5/26/2012

    " A continuation of the Courney Family. Like the first book, I did enjoy this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ilaria Tomasini | 1/8/2012

    " Uno dei romanzi di Wilbur Smith che mi ha colpito di meno. Piuttosto noioso e insulso. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri | 10/13/2011

    " Another Courtney book that does not disappoint! Hated to finish them all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 9/20/2011

    " A great continuation of the Courtney saga! The Boer war part felt a bit out of place but the rest of the story was awsome with excellent character development, action and a lot of drama. Overall a great story and perfect follow up to When the lion feeds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 6/29/2011

    " While not quite as good as the preceding book, When the Lion Feeds, lots of action, adventure, and larger than life characters made this an entertaining page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/21/2011

    " Another great novel from Wilbur Smith! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 4/27/2011

    " Sequel to When the Lion Feeds (better known as The Sound of Thunder)

    The Boer War, brother against brother, THE love, and the beginnings of the bigger South Africa political entity make for a great read.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marco | 3/31/2011

    " Molto bello. 5° della serie Courtney d'Africa "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manuela | 3/26/2011

    " Emozionante e coinvolgente, migliore rispetto al precedente Il destino del leone. Qui tutti i personaggi sono delineati con maggiori sfaccettature e in modo più incisivo.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 10/8/2010

    " Wilbur Smith tells are good story. The settings in Africa are a strong plus for me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thom | 9/9/2010

    " Interesting but not one of Wilbur Smith's true masterpieces. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 9/6/2010

    " Not as good as When the Lion Feed, but still great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 LaWane | 3/26/2010

    " slower moving than the other books in this series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 1/30/2010

    " Historical and entertaining and keeps me up reading all night. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 6/20/2009

    " awesome read I mixed up books with my previous comment so am redoing this and putting the other comment where it belongs and fixing it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 3/15/2009

    " I've read just about every Wilbur Smith book in print, since I became acquainted with his work several years ago. He paints a very interesting picture of the some of the history of Africa though his stories. He is one of my favorite historical fiction writers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fiona | 9/7/2008

    " My Mum gave me this book when I was 12!!!

    This started it all - all the 1000's of books later this is still a fav of mine "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 5/29/2008

    " This was my first book by Wilbur Smith and I enjoyed it very much. Full of history. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 J/j | 4/12/2008

    " could not get into it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/19/2007

    " Another good story following Sean Courtney "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lois | 7/8/2007

    " You either love Smith or you don't even attempt to read him. It helps if you have lived in Africa. I love him, and can't believe he is still able to write with such fluidity at the age of 80+. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 6/14/2007

    " The second novel in the Courtney series - also outstanding. Will be reading it for a third time shortly. (2007) "

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About the Author

Wilbur Smith was born in Central Africa in 1933. He was educated at Michaelhouse and Rhodes University. After the successful publication of When the Lion Feeds in 1964, he became a full-time writer and has since written thirty novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide. His books have been translated into twenty-six different languages.

About the Narrator

Tim Pigott-Smith is an award-winning English actor of film, television, and stage and an audiobook narrator. He has narrated several notable television documentaries, including Crimes That Shook the World. He has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards, for The Honorary Consul by Graham Greene and The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyesvky. He was a three-time finalist for the 2006 Audie Award for Best Original Work for the three-part Eyewitness series by Joanna Burke. His film career includes roles in major motion pictures, including V for Vendetta, Quantum of Solace, The Remains of the Day, Gangs of New York, and more. His numerous television credits include Downton Abbey, The Jewel in the Crown, and North and South. He is also a noted radio actor, appearing in many productions on BBC Radio 4, and a regular stage actor in Shakespearean and Greek roles.