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Golden Lion Audiobook

Golden Lion

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Publisher's Summary

Worldwide best-selling author Wilbur Smith will take you on an incredible journey on the thrashing seas off the coast of Africa in this glorious return to the series that made him who he is: The Courtney series.

East African coast, 1670.

In a time of brave and brutal adventure, one man will journey across land and sea to pursue his greatest enemy....

The Golden Bough, captained by Henry ‘Hal’ Courtney, is running south from Ethiopia to Zanzibar. Below deck, both his crew and his lover, the fearless warrior Judith Nazet, sleep. As the moon glints through clouds, Hal sights a ship passing close by. Although there is an uneasy truce between the warring English and Dutch, Hal scents danger. When the Bough is boarded, the crew must go hand to hand to defend their ship and their lives.

But soon Hal will face even graver danger, as he discovers his mortal enemy still lives and is hell-bent on revenge. he must pursue his nemesis across desert savannah, through the seedy underbelly of Zanzibar’s slave markets and shark-infested waters, imperilling his own life at every turn. But it will take more than a slave’s shackles to hold Hal Courtney....

A thrilling blend of extraordinary drama and epic storytelling, Golden Lion sees Wilbur Smith return in triumphant form to the adventures of his beloved and bestselling Courtney family.

©2015 Orion Mintaka (UK) Ltd (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"Best historical novelist? I say Wilbur Smith." (Stephen King)
"No one does adventure quite like Smith." (Daily Mirror)

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    Evan Randburg, South Africa 10-22-15
    Evan Randburg, South Africa 10-22-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Disappointing"
    What would have made Golden Lion better?

    A less predictable plot and richer character development.


    What could Wilbur Smith and Giles Kristian have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Is this really a Wilbur Smith novel? Who is Giles Kristian?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sean Barrett’s performances?

    I'm not sure any narrator would have done much better, so, yes I'll try again.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the story line flat and quite predictable and, unlike Smith's previous novels, particularly the Courtney series, Golden Lion's characters seem quite fuzzy and one-dimensional. Very disappointing. When will we get more of his older novels in unabridged audio?

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  • mr a p shapland
    7/18/16
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    "Good story and characters filled out as usual."

    Wilbur was going on holiday and tied up the end suddenly. Exciting and engaging but the end needs more details.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam Asprey
    7/6/16
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    "wow!"

    This is one of Wilbur Smith's best. A fabulous tale of seafaring courage, with the usual assortment of rouges, fighting, incarceration, and escape. brilliant writing, excellent narration, and a thoroughly engaging listen. I have listened to many of smith's books, and find the abridged versions significantly lacking, and so with this unabridged version you get the full force of his work. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • dave
    6/24/16
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    "so so"

    enjoyable but not my sort of book. well read though. not too bad a book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • alexander
    Dublin 12, Ireland
    5/7/16
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    "Smith back to his best"

    a great read, would love to know when this was written, the sequence of his stories would really benefit the readers understanding of WS writing and story telling would bring him to life for this fan in particular

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pauline
    5/5/16
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    "Golden Lion"

    Disappointment for a Wilbur Smith book. I found the story very average. The narration however was brilliantly performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frodo & Co
    NL
    12/1/15
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    "old or out dated?"
    What would have made Golden Lion better?

    I have so much enjoyed all of Wilbur Smith's books, but he was off track with the Nile series and this is the worst of the others.
    It is just too much made up and extravagant.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Simply disappointing. Out dated?
    Might it be that we live in a different era now?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
    bath, United Kingdom
    10/27/15
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    "Worst Wilbur Smith Book Ever"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    no one


    What was most disappointing about Wilbur Smith and Giles Kristian ’s story?

    It was not like a wilbur smith book totally different most disappointing and unreadable narrator was not easy to listen to


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Sean Barrett?

    Simon Vance (fromn the quest so much better)


    What character would you cut from Golden Lion?

    the second writer


    Any additional comments?

    WILBUR SMITH PLEASE GO BACK TO WRITING ALONE

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • K. R. Fellows
    10/20/15
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    "Traditional Wilbur Smith"
    What did you like best about Golden Lion? What did you like least?

    I thought Wilbur Smith was past it judged from his recent efforts but this book marks a return to the sort of tale he tells so well. If you've had exposure to a lot of Wilbur Smith's novels though you might find the style and the genre a little tired. But still a good listen.


    Would you recommend Golden Lion to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not for the youngsters and older people may have moved on.


    What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He told the story well.


    Could you see Golden Lion being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    They should but todays cinematic demographic - 16 to 25 - would find it old fashioned


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a listen if you like this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    London, United Kingdom
    10/16/15
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    "Not as good as his early books"

    Story disappointing and overly formulaic. This did not give the narrator much chance but he was poor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FBoyle
    10/6/15
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    "A decent enough time line filler"

    It will be interesting to see what they can achieve together in the future. Would like to see some George - Waite Courtney time line filling in future works. (Assuming they are at all related)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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