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Author: Wilbur Smith Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Courtney Family Series Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781427232786
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He began life at his twin brother's side, soon running wild on his father's ranch on the edge of Africa. But violence, desire, and fate sent Sean Courtney into exile—where he would fight and love his way to extraordinary success and heartbreaking failure...

In a place called The Ridge of White Waters, Sean made a life-long friendship, mined a fortune of gold, and met his own demons. Then an act of cunning betrayal struck—and ignited a new adventure to a new frontier.

From facing the murderous charge of a towering bull elephant to watching men die unspeakable deaths, Sean fought new enemies, forged new allies—and dreamed of establishing a family on a farm of his own. But in Wilbur Smith's When the Lion Feeds, the young man who had lived by his courage, sweat, and blood discovers that the past still has its claws in him…

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Plenty of incident and colour The Observer

  • Wilbur Smith has built up his wide-screen adventure story with energy and shrewdness. Sunday Times
  • Pride of place goes to When the Lion Feeds because it is bigger, wider and more full of plot than all the others put together ... The Daily Telegraph
  • A thundering good' read is virtually the only way of describing Wilbur Smith's books. The Irish Times

  • No one does adventure quite like Smith. Daily Mirror (UK)
  • Smith is a captivating storyteller. The Orlando Sentinel
  • Wilbur Smith rarely misses a trick. Sunday Times
  • The world's leading adventure writer. Daily Express (UK)
  • Action is Wilbur Smith's game, and he is a master. The Washington Post Book World
  • Best Historical Novelist--I say Wilbur Smith, with his swashbuckling novels of Africa. The bodices of rip and the blood flows. You can get lost in Wilbur Smith and misplace all of August. Stephen King
  • Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared. The Times (UK)
  • A rare author who wields a razor-sharp sword of craftsmanship. Tulsa World
  • One of the world's most popular adventure writers. The Washington Post Book World
  • Smith is a master. Publishers Weekly
  • A very impressive book in its wide scope and its descriptive colour. Sphere
  • Mr. Smith is a natural story-teller who moves confidently and often splendidly in his period and sustains a flow of convincing incident without repeating his excitement. The Scotsman

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 2/18/2014

    " This was a really great book. I think it's even a good one for guys to read. There was a good mix of blood & guts as well as a few romances. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammi | 2/15/2014

    " Read this book many, many years ago. Decided to take it up again, hoping to enjoy it this time as i did the last. Was a good read, not quite as riviting as i remembered, but nice to be absorbed in something. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 2/14/2014

    " I loved it the first time around, and now I'm reading it to Mom... in fact, we hope to reread the whole Courtney family series again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 2/5/2014

    " When The Lion Feeds is the first of Wilbur Smith's Courtneys of Africa series. I enjoyed his Egyptian series (River God, The Seventh Scroll, etc), so thought I'd tackle this one. Set in 19th century South Africa, it's interesting to ready a bit of the history of that part of the world - I would probably have got a little more out of it if I'd had a map beside me. It's fairly easy reading and a fun story. It did grip me as much as the Egypt series, but I'll start the next in the series at some stage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karthik | 2/1/2014

    " Adventure...a friend strongly recommended this series...was not disappointed so far...there's not one moment u find boring...loved the survival chase between Sean and the zulu warriors...I'm now going to be hooked to Wilbur Smith untill I finish the entire series.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Simon | 1/25/2014

    " Brilliant book, so good a have read it again "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 1/17/2014

    " This is one of THE best fiction books I've read. Make sure you are aware that they are best read in order. This is the first of 3 in this series. "

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

    " This is a super yarn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillip | 12/19/2013

    " Another great Wilbur Smith book. Can't wait to continue the Courtney series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lois | 12/6/2013

    " 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+. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh-Ann | 10/28/2013

    " Wilbur Smith is an incredible writer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelley | 10/15/2013

    " I love Wilbur Smiths African World. High adventure in a rough and scary world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayne | 10/14/2013

    " Excellent debut , a great story teller "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cody | 9/23/2013

    " One of his best novels and a great place to begin your Wilbur Smith experience. If you are new to this author, this is the book you should read first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 9/5/2013

    " 1 of my first greats and still 1 of my top 5 writers,great at telling a story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 7/14/2013

    " I read this years ago at that time I enjoyed this writer. Not sure if I will be able to read Wilbur Smith now but will try. This is a very well written book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 melody | 6/29/2013

    " More in the continuing story of the Courtney family in Africa. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 6/2/2013

    " Start of the Courtny Series. Just the beginning of an African adventure. The forming of characters you love. I just want the story to carry on forever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 5/11/2013

    " An enjoyable novel & the first I have read in the Courtney Series set in Africa at the end of the 1800's. Plenty of action, drama & suspense added with some family politics to keep most satisified. I enjoyed enough to get hold of the next couple in this series. 3.5 stars for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 4/6/2013

    " Read the trilogy over 20 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Am planning on reading it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 3/27/2013

    " My first taste of Wilbur Smith many years ago and certainly not my last. I loved this first novel and virtually every one that followed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 3/26/2013

    " Sweeping historical set in 19th century Africa. Lots of action and adventure. A real old time page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eva | 3/22/2013

    " Another African adventure with character Sean Courtney. The story follows Sean from childhood, when a terrible family accident occurs, to late adulthood. Like many of Wilbur Smith's novels, adventures are great and vary, and scenes are set to tell multiple stories in one book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 3/14/2013

    " This is a great story and a great start to a wonderful series. It takes you through much of the history of South Africa, mixing fact and fiction all through the eyes of the Courtney family. Exciting and Beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Queen | 2/10/2013

    " searn courtney....the legendary hunk of the good ol days... "

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

John Lee is the winner of numerous Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration. His has twice won acclaim as AudioFile’s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and coproduced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.