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The Sound of Thunder

Courtney, Book 2
Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Series: Courtney, Book 2
Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The second novel in Wilbur Smith's The Courtneys series, The Sound of Thunder is a powerful story of family tragedy set against the backdrop of the ravages of the Second Boer War. 

'Only once in his life had Sean met a man whose strength matched his own - and now, again, they were pitted against each other....'

Sean Courtney, 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....

©1966 Wilbur Smith (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Im into it

Starting "When the lion feeds" while on holiday in South Africa I was completely captured into the saga of Sean Courtney.
Sean Barrett is a magnificent narrator who inspired me to complete "the Sound of Thunder" and I can't wait to start this next chapter. What a tale!

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Fully engrossing.

The 2nd full novel I read following When the Lion Feeds as a teenager has lost nothing with subsequent rereading over the years.
And now to have it on AudioBook narrated so well as I’m busy around the house or workshop is just a new level of satisfaction.
And Wilbur Smith, well what can you say about on of the greatest authors I’ve had the pleasure of reading. His stories play out like a movie in my minds eye, he writes it, I read it & I see it.

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Excellent

such a great journey. I love the African journey Wilbur Smith creates. Colourful, engaging, full of history.

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Wilbur Smith has excelled!

A Fantastic Book! Absolutely fascinating! I just couldn't put it down! The story was enthralling & the narration was fabulous.

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Awesome adventure story

Great Adventure yarn that I enjoyed and couldn't stop listening. Easy to keep going with story line

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-2020

Riveting

The book makes me feel like a fly on the wall the whole way through.
As a South African man, this book just speaks to me.

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  • Michele Haines
  • 17-09-2019

Another FANTASTIC Series

Wilber Smith SLAYS Historical Fiction! I can not believe that I am just now discussing his works! This is a MUST LISTEN TO or READ!
BRAVO!
Also, MAGNIFICENT performance by the Narrator Sean Barrett!

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  • lou
  • 26-04-2019

Great.

Really good follow up to book 1 in the Courtney series. I am now moving on to book 3. Love Wilbur Smith and his writing.

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  • Baysmom04
  • 15-04-2019

Great Story! Great Narrator!

The story was great - a little uncomfortable to listen to the elephant poaching parts - other than that it was an exciting read (listen)! The narrator: Sean Barrett was AMAZING and made the listen really pleasurable!

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  • Dan Griebling
  • 22-03-2019

Tremendous story, beautiful narration

This is by far my favorite series of historical fiction. The sweep, characters, and writing take me away to the Continent every time I listen.

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  • JDD
  • 06-02-2019

Huge book great series touched me deeply.

Although Wilbur Smith holds the pinnacle of my authors list, and this series is among my favorite, this book touched me most deeply. its typical in depth descriptions of era, characters and places paint a wonderful mental image, but it departure from flawless heros to a trouble family meant a great deal to me. It offers a portrayal of how complex life can be. It is a huge complex novel covering many years and characters, requiring me to read and listen several time... each being a joy.

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  • TanstaaflRik
  • 13-12-2018

Great story and great narration

Hard to stop listening. Absolutely loved it. The narrator is absolutely the best I’ve heard.

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  • Vivien Green
  • 03-12-2018

brilliant

as always Wilbur Smith just could not stop listening just loved the Horse race so dramatic







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  • Marg
  • 23-03-2019

Heart wrenching... I see you Mr Smith

During that time this was South Africa so cruel and yet so stunning. Not for the feint hearted but so powerful a story, I was able to bear the violence.

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  • Iona Drummond Moray
  • 11-02-2020

Completely Captivating.

Again, totally lost in Wilbur Smith's wonderful Africa and thrilling story. His reserarch and knowledge of Africa is informed and unparalleled.

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  • ernest guildford
  • 06-12-2019

Fabulous

As usual Wilbur Smith's genius shows a wonderful story well written and thoroughly enjoyed thank you.

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  • Grant Sutherland
  • 09-11-2019

Courtney pleases once again

I have struggled to find a series of books with which I felt eager to return to time and again but at last I have found it. Bought immediately following the conclusion of When the Lion Feeds, The Sound PF Thunder picks up where it left off with Sean Courtney. The performance of this book coupled with the writing makes this essential listening. And now to book 3....

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-10-2019

Another great story

Narration perfect and great romping yarn set in boer war. Loved listening to it. B

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-09-2019

The sound of Thunder

Amazing book, highly recommended. This was an excellent sequel to A Lion Feeds, smooth flowing and without repetition. An absorbing story that draws you in from the beginning with characters that you love and hate as if you're actually there with them. Great Job!

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  • Stephen
  • 02-09-2019

Not sure

Wonderfully written, as always, but lacked purpose in the story a bit for me, needed more of a focus to keep me drawn in as it were

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  • Mrs
  • 04-08-2019

What a wonderful storyteller

Kept me totally engrossed from start to finish. Sean Barrett makes the most of the beautiful language and brings the intriguing story to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-03-2019

Great book by a great author!!

I would recommend this book as part of the Courtney series. Make sure to start from the first book in the series.