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
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.
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.
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
Wilbur Smith has written an amazing story. I enjoyed it immensely until the ending. The ending was such a bummer, I found myself wishing I had not listened to the book. I realize, the ending may be characteristic of romance novels that want to keep readers engaged in order to purchase another book in the series, but in this case I decided I will not listen to any more in the series. It is over for me. So, the book is extremely well written. Smith is a great author. The story held my attention, but, by way of the end, it wasn't fun. Therefore, not for me.
Choose your audiobook by the narrator with best being Guidall, Tull, Case/Davidson, Muller, Lee, Franklyn-Robbins, Dotrice, (no Brick)
This is the beginning of what may either be a great epic or a series of familiar stories you've heard before about white people in Africa taking advantage of every resource an already inhabited continent has to offer including it's people. The story is good, but too familiar. It's Legends Of The Fall, Robinson Crusoe, and some other novel that doesn't need to be named about a man's enduring will amid self-generated and therefore inevitable adversity. Every Zulu warrior might as well be named "Friday" because despite being in their native land they are mere sidekicks to the Courtney's. Tarzan controls the animals and John Carter the natives.
Nonetheless if you can get past the willful wastefulness inherent in ivory hunting and the nearly overwhelming absence of an African with anything above a servants or an adversaries role the overall story is entertaining. The narrator was well picked.
The other issue is that this book is dependent upon a sequel to be complete and the occasional but overt foreshadowing is annoying since the story is so predictable. It's not the worst thing I've read and it does deliver an entertaining story for those who know what they like.
First few chapters of Centennial
first time. He is top shelf.
good book. I will listen to the sequel
I;m an hour into this and the narrator is making me crazy. Why do all these narrators insist on a monotone for their delivery?? He is reading this as though it is a stockholders report. Good lord. I am not sure I can go on...
I never would have purchased it if I knew the problem the narrator has with keeping accents straight. It is really a mish mash, each character does not stay with the same accent. I would excuse it for the minor characters, but in particular, Mr. Lee constantly changes the accent of the main character, Shawn.
I would compare it to Far Pavilions, which was my first audio book, and which was absolutely excellent with regard to the accents, it was never a question "who" was speaking.
I don't know, but I will have to think twice before I buy John Lee narratives again.
I always loved Wilbur Smith books and read most of them, therefore was looking forward to listening to the Courtney series. But I won't continue in the series if Mr. Lee is narrating. Was it worth the listening time? I did finish it just because I couldn't remember how it ended. But dozens of times during the narrative I nearly screamed at the kindle "For Pete's SAKE you have switched the accents again"!. Mr. Lee has a very bad habit of carrying the various accents right over into the narrative, ie even though the character has completely quit speaking, the NARRATOR continues with the accent.
Sure didn't compare with the excellent production of Far Pavilions. This is my second audio book, and with the next one I will definitely pay a LOT of attention to the reviews.
Yes, I already have. I had the good fortune (or mis-fortune, dependent upon one's point of view) to be employed by a firm that moved, lock, stock, and barrel to South Africa. Upon arrival in the friendly village of King William's Town, in the eastern Cape, many friends, quickly made, advised that to really enjoy South Africa it would be helpful to understand its history. The best way to do that would be to read Wilbur Smith, starting, of course, with the Sean Courtney trilogy. Heeding that advice, I was quickly addicted, and have since managed to read everything (with the exception of a couple of the more recent Egyptian novels) that Smith has written. Impressive, exceedingly well-researched, thoroughly enjoyable, I would highly recommend the entire series, which delves deeply into the history up to fairly recent times. I would NOT recommend listening to unabridged versions, and I'm looking forward to hearing John Lee's presentation of The Sound of Thunder.
The entire plot.
Difficult to pick one particular scene from so many.
The deaths of his wife, and of his best friend Duff Charleywood.
I hope more of Smith's books will be recorded in the unabridged version.
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