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When the Lion Feeds: Courtneys, Book 1 | [Wilbur Smith]

When the Lion Feeds: Courtneys, Book 1

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.
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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

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    J. HITTINGER Cincinnati, OH, United States 12-07-13
    J. HITTINGER Cincinnati, OH, United States 12-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I loved the book!"
    Would you listen to When the Lion Feeds again? Why?

    Yes, despite the fact that I did not love the ending, this was a good story with a new turn at every corner.


    What did you like best about this story?

    He writes about characters that are human and not perfect. They have failures and are not always perfect.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He does a great job.


    Any additional comments?

    I read Blue Horizon first so read them in order if you can.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jake STONE, ID, United States 06-12-13
    Jake STONE, ID, United States 06-12-13

    Rangerider

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    "Introducing Shawn Courtney!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Santa Ynez, CA, United States 03-18-13
    Melinda Santa Ynez, CA, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Writer. Great Story."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Wendell, NC, United States 03-10-14
    John Wendell, NC, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    Would you listen to When the Lion Feeds again? Why?

    No


    What other book might you compare When the Lion Feeds to and why?

    First few chapters of Centennial


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    first time. He is top shelf.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several


    Any additional comments?

    good book. I will listen to the sequel

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli REDDING, CA, United States 01-21-14
    Kelli REDDING, CA, United States 01-21-14 Member Since 2011

    spa wench

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    "The story is promising, narrator icky"

    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...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    book worm Seattle 08-23-13
    book worm Seattle 08-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The narrator makes a mish-mash of the accents"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    What other book might you compare When the Lion Feeds to and why?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    I don't know, but I will have to think twice before I buy John Lee narratives again.


    Was When the Lion Feeds worth the listening time?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barry F. Stinson The Dalles, OR 08-11-13
    Barry F. Stinson The Dalles, OR 08-11-13 Member Since 2003

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    "A learning experience"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The entire plot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Difficult to pick one particular scene from so many.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The deaths of his wife, and of his best friend Duff Charleywood.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope more of Smith's books will be recorded in the unabridged version.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael colorado springs, CO, United States 02-20-13
    Michael colorado springs, CO, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    What would have made When the Lion Feeds better?

    enough with the kiss kiss looking for love routine already.
    more action less looking for love.


    What was most disappointing about Wilbur Smith’s story?

    it drags. i couldn't finish it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    he's good enough to do the job, it is the plot


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

    aggravation that it wasn't more like Assegai


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    julie mobile, AL, United States 09-04-13
    julie mobile, AL, United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2012

    Just a simple girl living the simple life. Nothing is complicated when the power of imagination leads the way. Close your eyes & just listen

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    "Edgy and compelling .....A great listen!"
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    I was instantly drawn into this book from the beginning. The story and narration were incredible - one moment you are saddened then elated, the next you are riveted, plunged and gasping! You fall in love with Sean, which is ultimately what this story centers on. You will be enveloped on a wild roller coaster ride taking you on a journey through Africa. Never boring and so full of vivid details your imagination will continue to stir when it's over.

    The richness of each character is fully developed by John Lee's ability to make each one so distinct. Even though I am a historical 'romance' seeker, this one did not disappoint! As a matter of fact, I was rather surprised to find there was a perfect blend of romance woven into the story. I grieved the loss of his best friend - especially under the circumstances of his death- knowing the struggles they both endured. I became furious when Katrina left him and their son - for selfish and unjustified reasons- and then..... I was utterly sickened to learn the truth. YOU will become absorbed too, just as I did. This book will be on my top 5 for sure :)

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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