In Wilbur Smith's The Sound of Thunder, the year is 1899. The British Empire is at the height of its power. But in South Africa, proud Dutch colonists defy the Queen and her army - and a lush, wild world is torn apart by guns, spears, and swords. Sean Courtney had been tragically separated from his family, but the Boer War has brought him back to his homeland - and into the sights of his enemy’s guns. It has also returned him to Ruth Friedman, the only woman Sean can love, even though he shouldn’t. As Sean’s loyalties - to nation, man, and blood - are tested, a saga of duty and betrayal unfolds....
©1966 Wilbur Smith (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
Fast paced and memorable. I throughout enjoyed the listen, although I would have appreciate d it more if the Zulu and Afrikaans words were pronounced correctly.
I have read a number of books by this aurthor and usually like them. This one was hard to follow and I lost interest and could not finish finish it.. i kept waiting for it to engage me in a way that i was interested in what happened, but that never happened. My advice is save your credit.
if it was different I may try another Book 2 was the same story as one no difference
Mad a different story or continued the story
He was fair
Sad cuz same story as #1 I spent money to hear the same story
Don't buy #2 if you buy #1
So glad the audiobook world has gone back to the 1960's to produce these great works of art!! Wilbur Smith is amazing!!! Where is book 3 of this series in the "unabridged" version? I need more!!!
The entire story. When my wife and I arrived in South Africa, some 30 years ago, the local inhabitants all suggested we read Wilbur Smith, for an understanding of the country, culture, and history. We devoured the Sean Courtney trilogy, and continued to enjoy the adventures of the entire Courtney clan. Highly recommended.
Too many to choose just one.
John does a fine job, although there are a few spots where I question his accent. Not serious enough to be off-putting, and probably not very noticeable for anyone that hasn't actually lived in the country.
The Courtney saga continues...
Trust me - I've yet to recommend Wilbur Smith to anyone that hasn't thoroughly enjoyed his writing (and impeccable research). Please can we have some more Courtney family based novels, unabridged. A Sparrow Falls will complete the first trilogy, and I'm waiting patiently.
Just a simple girl living the simple life. Nothing is complicated when the power of imagination leads the way. Close your eyes & just listen
I got a bit lost in the middle, or rather bored with all the fighting and such and never really connected with Ruth, his 'lost but found lover'. The bitter feud between Sean and Garrith came together at the end, but it still lacked the emotion I felt in the first book. John Lee was wonderful, yet it seemed he was a bit more rushed - maybe too much coffee beforehand ? I would probably listen to a 'third' part of this series if it becomes available.
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