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When the Lion Feeds | [Wilbur Smith]

When the Lion Feeds

Into the wilds of Natal in the 1870s are born Sean and Garrick Courtney, the twin brothers who could not be more different. Fate, war, and the jealous schemes of a woman are to drive them even further apart. But as history unfolds, a continent is awakening. And on its horizon is the promise of fortune, adventure, destiny, and love.
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"François, how many men up at the face?"
"Cave-in." François's voice was now hysterically shrill. "Cave-in."

He broke Sean's grip and raced away towards the lift station, the mud flying from his gumboots. His terror infected Sean and he ran a dozen paces after François before he stopped himself. For precious seconds he wavered with fear slithering round like a reptile in his stomach; go back to call the others and perhaps die with them or follow François and live.

Into the wilds of Natal in the 1870s are born Sean and Garrick Courtney, the twin brothers who could not be more different. Fate, war, and the jealous schemes of a woman are to drive them even further apart. But as history unfolds, a continent is awakening. And on its horizon is the promise of fortune, adventure, destiny, and love.

© Wilbur Smith; (P) Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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    R. McGrath WESTON, FL USA 01-24-08
    R. McGrath WESTON, FL USA 01-24-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Crudely abridged"

    Too much is left out in the abridged version of this great novel. After introducing the villanous brother Bill, his role is never again brought up. Hal's death scene has nothing to do with the way Smith wrote it and the narration ends very suddenly leaving the listner dismayed by the many edited loose ends. Does not do Wilbur Smith's work justice.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Fullerton, CA, United States 11-29-09
    Charles Fullerton, CA, United States 11-29-09 Member Since 2005
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    "so so"

    very predictable. It is an easy listen but not much depth.

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    Linda sebring, FL, United States 01-03-11
    Linda sebring, FL, United States 01-03-11
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    "When the lion feeds"

    no ending, left open and unfinished.You make me write A minimun of 15 words or 25 characters AND HE CAN NOT FINISH THE BOOK.I wanted to write no ending.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    R. Ulmarra, Australia 12-05-12
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    Would you listen to When the Lion Feeds again? Why?

    Maybe in the future.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The overall picture built of Africa


    What does Tim Pigott-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He adds character.


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

    Many moving moments, a few tears shed.


    Any additional comments?

    Haven;t read may of the Wilbur Smith books but have found the ones read are all enjoyable,.Will look for them in the future.

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    My first trip into the world of Wilbur Smith - my husband has been reading him for years and I thought he was a writer for boys - how wrong I was. I devoured this book and have gone on to finish the first series and am now attacking the second series. I'm delighted to have a wish list full of this author and am thrilled to see how many more novels there are just waiting for me to dive into it. The Courtney novels are fabulous - love, intrigue, jealousy, family feuding, war, hope - plenty of substance to interest any reader.

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