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When the Lion Feeds

The Courtneys, Book 1
Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Series: Courtney, Book 1
Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It is the 1870s, and twin brothers Sean and Garrick Courtney are born into the wilds of Natal. They could not be more different, and 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 the horizon is the promise of fortune, adventure, destiny and love.... 

When the Lion Feeds is the best-selling novel that launched Wilbur Smith's stellar career and the first in the riveting saga of the Courtney brothers.

©1964 Wilbur Smith (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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loved it

great narrator makes such a difference to listening to a book Sean Barrett was born to narrate this series.

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Women will like this story also

I was a bit worried this would be the type of book series which only men would like but I really enjoyed it. A great author, a perfect narrator and a very addictive tale. You won't go wrong with this book.

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A Great Book.

This book is well worth reading.
I didn't want to stop listening!
Wilbur Smith at his best, as usual!

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Beautiful

I have never read his books always looked to much - audible has made this rich South African novel real for me - I was also born in Zambia like the author and lived many years in South Africa and now live in Australia

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  • Gary Adler
  • 06-05-2019

Appalling narration

I couldn’t finish the book as the narration was so appalling. Why did they not get a person who knows the accents of Afrikaaners and Zulu speaking South Africans? It was embarrassing and did this good story no justice. Further, his imitation of female voices was just plain shocking. Was really looking forward to listening to the series but will definitely not purchase any more Wilbur Smith Courtney sagas.

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  • 匿名
  • 22-05-2019

Audible books

love it, wish it would go on. So sad Catrina took her own life. enjoy these Audible books

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  • lou
  • 17-04-2019

Excellent!

I was so excited when I found Wilber Smith on audible. Great story, wonderful author, hard to put down. I highly recommend for pure entertainment!

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  • Shelley Peterson
  • 03-04-2019

What did you do with John Lee?

I bought this book and Book 2 narrated by John Lee. Later I went back to relisten and the books were removed. A message came up and said, "Ah Shucks, this book is no longer available narrated by John Lee".I complained and they gave me 2 credits so I could rebuy the books but they are narrated by Sean Barrett who is ok but he's not John Lee. I am upset because John Lee and Wilbur Smith are my favorite narrators and authors. I'm sooooo disappointed!!!! I have a huge library so as a good customer but any customer should get what they buy! I want John Lee as the narrator and wish all Wilbur Smith books were narrated by John Lee!!!! He is perfect for his books.
I wonder what other books I've bought have been removed from my library without my knowledge!

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  • Jonathan Audin
  • 03-04-2019

Well written & reasearch takes me back to Africa.

takes me back to my own childhood growing up in Zimbabwe lot's of memories envoked

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  • nezzynez
  • 31-01-2019

Sit back and enjoy

A first class novel really well narrated from start to finish, hard to put down 5*

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  • Ian P.
  • 29-01-2019

Just as good as I remembered!

I first read this book over thirty years ago, and was really excited to see an unabridged audiobook available. I was initially concerned that it might be dated, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have also never been disappointed by Sean Barrett’s narration. What’s not to like! Roll on “The Sound of Thunder”!!!!

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  • Dalton
  • 27-05-2019

captivating

loved it. explained so vividly. perfectly narrated. kept me intrigued to the very end. amazing story lines

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  • Gavin
  • 27-04-2019

Read the book when I was a teenager and forgot.

The narration is excellent, perfect in fact. Gripping, listened every moment I could, on to the next, I can't wait, the ending came as a surprise I was hoping for the next cliff hanger

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  • Timedout
  • 29-01-2019

Didn't finish as it was too depressing

Review needs to be considered in the context of me not having gone any further than chapter 12. I found the content and narration too depressing. It is well-written and, even in the few chapters I listened to, I felt a connection to the characters and landscape. A fair amount happens and it moves along at a good pace without any padding out. For me it was just too dark and was heading for further misery as war approached. The performance is probably right for the storyline but quite monotone.

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  • p d king
  • 19-12-2018

always fantastic books

always fantastic books and always leaving you wanting more a bit of a twist but good

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  • Jeremy Cook
  • 02-12-2018

Awesome

I have read the book years ago and this was just as enjoyable as the paper version. Well narrated and I have already downloaded the second in the Courtney series “The Sound of Thunder”

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  • galadriel
  • 12-06-2019

wow what a book

didnt like the violence but its part of it. what can you do. not a very cheery story. but incredibly well written

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  • Marc
  • 11-06-2019

best storyteller ever!!

loved it from start to finish. amazing storyteller. highly recommend this love it.get it now.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-06-2019

Excellent yarn. Adventure book for men.

Very enjoyable book, page Turner, beautiful description of Africa too. Bit sexist and racist though.