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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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  • Melinda
  • Santa Ynez, CA, United States
  • 03-18-13

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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When the lion Feeds.

Outstanding my first audible Wilver Smith book although I've read many. Narration puts you right there in the bush. Takes nothing away from the joy of reading.

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  • S. T. ODELL
  • Hurricane Alley, Cape Coral, Florida
  • 03-03-17

The best historical African fiction out there

Listening to this on trial. It's better than I expected.
Easy app to use.

Wilbur Smith is unbelievably talented. No books have drawn me in as much as his work.
His accounts of Africa are firsthand. He has lived there his entire life and is intimately familiar with the native people and their cultures.
If you've never read anything by him, give it a shot if you enjoy action and adventure.

Thank you Mr. Smith!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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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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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.

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  • Michael
  • colorado springs, CO, United States
  • 02-20-13

couldn't get through it

What would have made When the Lion Feeds better?

enough with the kiss kiss looking for love routine already.<br/>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

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  • Jake
  • STONE, ID, United States
  • 06-12-13

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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great Book

I read this book years ago, Wilber Smith is a great story teller. I love how John Lee brought it to life.

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Not his best

Sad slow start, builds to good storyline, then leaves a cliffhanger, you need to purchase the next book to find out what happens. Great writing skills