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Publisher's Summary

Wilbur Smith has lived an incredible life of adventure, and now he shares the extraordinary true stories that have inspired his fiction. 

From being attacked by lions to close encounters with deadly reef sharks, from getting lost in the African bush without water to crawling the precarious tunnels of gold mines, from marlin fishing with Lee Marvin to near death from crash-landing a Cessna airplane, from brutal school days to redemption through writing and falling in love, Wilbur Smith tells us the intimate stories of his life that have been the raw material for his fiction. Always candid, sometimes hilarious, and never less than thrillingly entertaining, On Leopard Rock is testament to a writer whose life is as rich and eventful as his novels are enthralling.

©2018 Wilbur Smith (P)2018 Bonnier

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Fascinating and Enlightening!

Wilbur's writing depicts his intensive and thorough research - an eye-opener. His words bring the dust, the heat and the smells alive.

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I will always be a fan of Wilbur Smith his stories

I am such a fan of Wilbur Smith I think I've read everything that he's written her published

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  • Cal777
  • 07-18-18

Fantastic.........

5 out 5 Really enjoyed listening to how all the carictors came about,form this wonderful story teller.

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  • Paul J.
  • 10-02-18

I didn't get far

More to do with my abhorence of hunting, than the story being poor. I only listened to maybe 5 minues of this book, on his first gun, first kill, killing a buffalo to entice and kill a lion (only a male mind you), I stopped at that point. Personally, I think the description of the book should have had a warning.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-28-18

"What a Life"

VERY GOOD.... as only Wilbur does. It brought back so many memories as I too grew up in Zimbabwe.

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  • Nigel Bentley
  • 09-25-18

Learning the Story Behind all those Books

Totally enjoyed this autobiography, and especially Saul's reading performance of it. Immersion in the sights, sounds and experiences of Southern Africa. From boyhood, to manhood and along the way explpring the writer's journey

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  • Peter
  • 09-20-18

Very interesting

A nice book about Wilbur Smith and where he came from and how he got the inspiration for his stories. Well written and well read.

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  • geoff
  • 06-28-18

wonderful storyteller

A really good insight to a wonderful life of writing and story telling. Great life

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  • stevehsnr
  • 05-31-18

Autibiography

I didn’t realise when I bought this audiobook that it was Smiths autobiography and I was a little disappointed when I realised it was. However,I persevered with it and was so glad I did. What an interesting life and,of course, Wilbur Smith’s beautiful prose.

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  • rozithepirate
  • 05-22-18

Actually I give it 6 stars!

An amazing read. Long awaited life story of the wonderful Wilbur Smith. I can honestly say it was as good as it gets. What a wonderful life story. Please can we have another installment.