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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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Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Sean Barrett MAKES this so much better. His southern African accent makes the African based stories so much better!

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A Riveting Saga With History & Nation building.

A gripping account of what bygone times were like in the early days of a fledgling South African. One may say blood is thicker than water, but these were the people who formed the true foundation of a emerging country. Will it ever be a great nation again? Father against son ,Tribe against tribe ! Can they ever get their act together?

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What a saga!

Great writer and narrator. Thoroughly enjoyed the adventure and the brotherly drama. The tension between the two brothers was well written.

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loved it kept you interested all the way through.Interested in what happens next..Dirk and Micheal

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Great story & narration

As always Mr Barrett does Wilbur Smith justice and is a pleasure to listen to with his good efforts at Afrikaaner / African vocabulary

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Simply good writing

Adventure, romance, betrayal, it’s all here in a sweeping tale of a family torn apart.

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The Best Narrator Ever

just a wonderful series with a narrator the is second to none. Highly recommended this book to all ages.

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Another thrilling tale by a master story teller.

If action, murder and revenge are your thing, this is the book for you.

This book had me gripping the steering wheel from start to finish.

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Gripping read

A great tale of of strong and weak men with a modicum of romance. Had me addicted the whole way.

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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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  • 06-01-2022

Many generations of South Africans

the story cover a formable period if the history of the formation of South Africa. It was a time similar to the wild west settlement. The author developed many exciting characters and their various relationships through time. I will listen to it again in a long trip.

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  • Gareth
  • 13-09-2021

Places that I remember from Africa

These stories take me back to Africa .. Im an white African, lived in Africa, the smells and experienceswill stay in your heart for ever

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  • J. Kronen
  • 25-05-2021

Fantastic adventure plus searing human drama

Wilbur Smith is a great novelist, I can't recommend this any higher. Even better than book 1 of the Courteney trilogy.

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  • 03-03-2021

absolutely great!

it was absolutely gripping and I enjoyed every minute of it. sean barret was magnificent

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  • Sojourner
  • 16-01-2021

Good read

Engrossing storyline, dated patriarchal values, informative historical background, strong character descriptions, incredible fortuitous turns of events.

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  • Oladele O. Olusanya
  • 06-12-2020

A great saga

Wilbur Smith as usual has written a great saga worthy of a Charles Dickens, and while at first I resented the South African inflected accent of the reader Sean Barrett, the listener soon settles into his cadence.

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  • Mike Slabbert
  • 16-09-2020

Loyal fan

loved it could not stop listening. well researched and captivating. Would unreservedly recommend this book.

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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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  • Geraldene Saint
  • 30-08-2020

Only disappointment is poor pronunciation.

I'm a massive Wilbur Smith fan and have read all of his books most more than once. Having grown up in Central/Southern Africa, I get great pleasure from Wilbur Smith's accuracies concerning local folklore & local places of interest. I can really vitalise myself there, in the story.
I have read the Courtney Saga twice in hard copy and I'm currently on my third run via talking books. My only disappointment is poor pronunciation of common African words & place names.

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  • Russ C
  • 26-11-2020

Fantastic.

Loved it. Brilliantly narrated. Spell bound lost in the dream of South Africa. thank you. wonderful hours lost in the dreary rain whilst at work picturing the lives of those in the book. Narration at its best. can't wait to download the next installment.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-2020

Great story to listen too

From the start the story and narration kept me listening. Masterful writing from Wilbur Smith and a great follow up on When the Lion Feeds. Sean Barrett also doing a great job as always. Would highly recommend

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  • David
  • 21-09-2020

Fantastic book

This is the best book or listened to ever. What an imagination this Author has it kept me occupied for hours.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-06-2020

Excellent book

Loved the book. Tried to listen to it as often as I could. A must read.

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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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  • Hugh Power
  • 11-10-2021

Great book

Easy listening, and a nice easy plot. Somethings are a little far fetched but can't complain

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  • Cinders
  • 17-09-2021

great story and perfect narration

loved it and narrators voice is perfect for the setting. easy listening with subtle twists in relationships

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  • Stuart
  • 08-09-2021

More of a romantic novel

Not what I expected, life in central Africa during that period not depicting what really went on