He began life at his twin brother’s side, soon running wild on his father’s ranch on the edge of Africa. But violence, desire, and fate sent Sean Courtney into exile - where he would fight and love his way to extraordinary success and heartbreaking failure....
In a place called The Ridge of White Waters, Sean made a life-long friendship, mined a fortune of gold, and met his own demons. Then an act of cunning betrayal struck - and ignited a new adventure to a new frontier.
From facing the murderous charge of a towering bull elephant to watching men die unspeakable deaths, Sean fought new enemies, forged new allies - and dreamed of establishing a family on a farm of his own. But in Wilbur Smith's When the Lion Feeds, the young man who had lived by his courage, sweat, and blood discovers that the past still has its claws in him….
©1964 Wilbur Smith (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
This was quite an historical learning experience besides being an intriguing storyline. Loved the characters and learning what life was like in Africa in the late 1800's.
Although I think the story a fair picture of times as they stood back then, I still resented the author's choice to make the main character an ivory hunter. It's fiction. He could have given the character a conscience and limited the kill or distributed the meat.
The narrator was able to keep all characters straight and differentiated, which I appreciate immensely, but there's something about the South African accent which doesn't sit well with me so I found the overall pitch rather unsettling.
I won't be continuing with the rest of the series.
I was captivated by this story of a white man's adventures in South Africa. The protagonists ability to overcome tragedy speaks to the triumph of a the human spirit. I look forward to the continuing adventures of this dynasty.
Yes, despite the fact that I did not love the ending, this was a good story with a new turn at every corner.
He writes about characters that are human and not perfect. They have failures and are not always perfect.
He does a great job.
I read Blue Horizon first so read them in order if you can.
enough with the kiss kiss looking for love routine already.
more action less looking for love.
it drags. i couldn't finish it.
he's good enough to do the job, it is the plot
aggravation that it wasn't more like Assegai
I read this book in paperback a long time ago and loved it. But I read the abridged version that cuts out a mile of Wilburs rambling that authors do to write more and more and more words cause the apparently get paid by the letter or something. Wilbur Smith rambles as good as any of the best. About as well as Dean Koonz. It all sucks and wastes my time. But I cant make myself pay for abridged. Seems like I am not getting my moneys worth. Overall this is a good book and John Lee does well as a narrator. The next book is Sound of thunder and is better. Number 3 is a great listen in "The Burning Shore". One of Wilburs best.
An easy read unlike most period pieces. I felt the writer communicated a lot of his knowledge of the people of that time; lifestyle, orientation, events etc. rather than telling us an interesting story. Over the days I listened to this book, I frequently forgot what I was about to here each time I restarted on my phone. John Lee is my favorite narrator. As always his performance was stellar. I almost feel I might have given up without him
Yes. Great performance from John Lee as always.
I walked into this thinking I was going to learn about the time period and Zulu wars. It was very similar to Louis L'Amour pulp cowboy fiction books. Fun read but not realistic or historical really.
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