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When the Lion Feeds

The Courtneys, Book 1
Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (29 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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  • 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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  • Justin
  • 13-03-2019

Listened to the 1st book I ever read

Incredible story of what life was like 200+ years ago in South Africa. Growing up on a farm, striking golf and hunting ivory.

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  • 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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  • M. Bashford
  • 18-11-2018

brilliant

what a wonderful story and read by my favourite Sean Barrett who brings all the characters to life set in Africa in the late 1800 this beautiful country with its vastness tells of adventures and love fortunes made and lost with gold ivory and diamonds could not put it down