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When the Lion Feeds Audiobook

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 2015
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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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    Melinda Santa Ynez, CA, United States 03-18-13
    Melinda Santa Ynez, CA, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2015
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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.

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    Michael colorado springs, CO, United States 02-20-13
    Michael colorado springs, CO, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "couldn't get through it"
    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


    3 of 4 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 Member Since 2015

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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.

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    Jerry Green 02-09-16
    Jerry Green 02-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "What a ride"

    From the highest highs to lowest lows, Sean lives a life to the fullest. I've yet to find a Wilbur Smith book that I can put down.

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    Claudia 01-08-16
    Claudia 01-08-16
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    "African saga, worth the read"

    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.

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    Ada U. Obua 12-09-15
    Ada U. Obua 12-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Forgettable read"
    What did you like best about When the Lion Feeds? What did you like least?

    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


    Would you ever listen to anything by Wilbur Smith again?

    Yes


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

    Yes. Great performance from John Lee as always.


    Was When the Lion Feeds worth the listening time?

    No


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    Jason W. 04-15-15
    Jason W. 04-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Pulpy historical fiction"

    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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    christopher 03-19-15
    christopher 03-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wilbur smith is a master"

    I love all of Wilbur smiths books. Have read them again and again. My favorites are river God and warlock.

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    Duane K. Laflin 02-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I liked the book until I got to the ending."

    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.

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