’François, how many men up at the face?' 'Cave-in.' François's voice was now hysterically shrill. 'Cave-in.' He broke Sean's grip and raced away towards the lift station, the mud flying from his gumboots. His terror infected Sean and he ran a dozen paces after François before he stopped himself. For precious seconds he wavered with fear slithering round like a reptile in his stomach; go back to call the others and perhaps die with them or follow François and live.
Into the wilds of Natal in the 1870s are born Sean and Garrick Courtney, the twin brothers who could not be more different. Fate, war and the jealous schemes of a woman are to drive them even further apart. But as history unfolds a continent is awakening. And on its horizon is the promise of fortune, adventure, destiny and love.
©1964 Wilbur Smith (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
“Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared” (The Times)
I was first introduced to Wilbur Smith as an author in the early 1970's. I read When the Lion Feeds almost 50 years ago. I loved it then and nothing has changed. The narrator John Lee has added character to the story by using his ability with the South African accent. It was fantastic to re-acquainted with this first wonderful effort by my favourite author. Highly recommended!
"A definite classic"
When the Lion Feeds is a definite classic. Wilbur Smith's first published novel and still one of his best. It tells the story of Sean Courtenay from late childhood with his twin brother Garry, to his making it rich on the Witwatersrand and then losing it all, to his hunting elephants for ivory and getting rich again, to his marriage and birth of his son Dirk and his return to Witwatersrand and the tragic conclusion to a great novel. John Lee delivers a brilliant performance which enhances the already brilliant story. A great read and listen for Wilbur Smith fans. I hope more of Wilbur Smith's novels become available on Audible in the near future.
Amazing, Gripping, emotional
Sean: You see him develop from a mischievious boy into a noble man. You get pulled into his hardship and really drawn into his character.
I thought his accents were great. He really portraid the characters Sean and Duff
I had a very emotional attachment to the book an characters. Growing up in South Africa and visiting my Grandad's farm, this book really hit home.
Sean and Duff make a great pair and was good to listen about their solid friendship. The banter between them made me laugh on a few occasions. However, Sean's life is not an easy one and the book gets extremely sad at times.
I started with 'Those in Peril' by Wilbur Smith and enjoyed it so much I searched for other Wilbur Smith unabridged titles to try. When Lions Feed and Sound of Thunder are a joined story about Sean Courtney. These were every bit as good - akin to the detailed and eventful stories of Ken Follet. It does help if you have visited or lived in South Africa, but I was very impressed!
"Well told story....fizzles out in second half"
This is an enjoyable story of a mans life that gives some insight into life growing up in South Africa in the mid 1800s
The plot seems to change multiple times and never really threads back together making it feel a bit like several short stories.....this lack of Overall continuity left me disappointed with the second half of this book.
The strength of the first half was enough that I would still recommend this book and I will read Wilbur smith again soon.
Read the book many times great to listen to the characters I know so well come to life. On to the next one "The Sound of Thunder"
Wilbur smith is one of my favourite authors a pity more of his books on audible are unabridged.
usual wilbur / Courtney brilliance. great story telling right up to the very end. x
"Not a good South African accent"
Great story, reading is somewhat stilted, but the quality of enjoyment is much eroded by a dreadful South African accent.
"Wilbur Smith's first book"
I have loved Wilbur Smith's books for many years and thought I'd try an audio book. Great story. I lived in South Africa for many years and my only negative comment was the mispronunciation of some of the words. But would still recommend the book. On 2 book two now.
"Weak South African accent"
narrator has not quite got the South African accent right and struggled with the pronunciation of the Afrikaans words
Narrator was ok, little deadpan but better as story progresses. I was thrown by the meandering way the story has about Sean's life at times but overall enjoyed it
"When the lion feeds"
Just as good as when I first read it nearly 40 years ago happy memories
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