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A war for a nation. The battle for her heart.

'Only once in his life had Sean met a man whose strength matched his own – and now, again, they were pitted against each other...'

Sean Courtney, impulsive adventurer of When the Lion Feeds returns from the wildnerness a rich man – until he is robbed by the Boers of his wagons, his gold and the girl he loves.

A grim homecoming finds his country in the cruel grip of war. But in the bloody days ahead, conflicts within his family will prove far more bitter than any fought on the veld...

This is the gripping second novel, in the Courtneys sequence.

©1966 Wilbur Smith (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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Great story, great narration

Great story which I read many years ago. Very pleased to find it’s still a great story even though I’m a lot older and tastes change.
Especially delighted at the way the story was told. This is how a book should be narrated!!
Looking forward to the rest of the series.

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  • Shelley
  • North Saanich, BC, Canada
  • 04-01-15

Battling brothers

Lots of war and death in this novel but I enjoyed it nevertheless and have the next one downloaded even though it is abridged.

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Brilliant sequel!

This is the brilliant sequel to When the Lion Feeds. After leaving the Witwatersrand with his son Dirk, Sean Courtneymeets Ruth Friedman and together they escape into British held territory during the Boer War. They go their separate ways, and Sean joins the British Army after a brief return home to Ladyburg. He battles against his brother in law Jan Paulis who leads a small troop of Boer soldiers, eventually after the two have several encounters the war ends in peace. Sean returns home to marry Ruth whose husband Saul has died during the war. Garry continues his jealousy and hatred of Sean culminating in a climatic horse race between Michael and Dirk Courtney, in which the result could determine Garry's fate. Brilliantly narrated once again by John Lee, Wilbur Smith's The Sound of Thunder is a great listen and read.

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  • Stu
  • 05-28-14

Sean Courtenay - brilliant

Would you consider the audio edition of The Sound of Thunder to be better than the print version?

Yes, always better to listen, especially with a great narrator

What did you like best about this story?

Main character Sean is brilliant

What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Excellent vocal range, natural enough to draw you into the story

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Little of both

Any additional comments?

This is a good story from a good author and features Sean Courtenay who's Smith's greatest creation, what's not to like? Ace narration too, a fantastic follow up to When the Lion feeds.

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  • MR JAMES C FLEMING
  • 01-01-15

One if the best

Little bit of everything that Wilbur Smith can offer in his writing. I hope they make a movie some day!

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  • Tim
  • 04-11-14

A great follow on from When the Lion Feeds.

Where does The Sound of Thunder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is my second Wilbour Smith book, I found this book just as captivating as the first. It's well worth the listen.

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  • Hognor
  • 12-01-13

Cracking

Would you consider the audio edition of The Sound of Thunder to be better than the print version?

No but audio version is great to have in the car.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sean Courtney. Larger than life character

Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favourite?

Sean

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If possible but too long

Any additional comments?

Would like to see unabridged versions of the rest of the books in the series made available.

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  • David
  • 03-08-16

Brilliance

You will not go far wrong with this novel, there is always something happening..Poor Gary

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  • john lockwood
  • 09-04-18

yet another MASTER noval

a superb book in the Courtney series. well narrated with passion. this book is a must read for all those who like Wilbur Smith and for those who have never read any of his books l know that you will enjoy this master piece.

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  • john
  • 11-24-17

The Sound of Thunder

A very good Wilbur Smith story I will read the next one in the series

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  • nia
  • 07-04-17

Another thrilling instalment!

Excellent in every respect. The narrator really brings the story to life. Can't wait to listen to the next one.

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  • Julie
  • 02-11-17

Thunder

Is the right name for even jealous would work as well
Because that is all about!!!!!!!
I liked the war but I wait for when they have a good times like we do!!

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  • Loraine
  • 12-13-16

The Sound of Thunder

Good story about Africa. Tells the colonial settlers history both Dutch and English. Pronunciation of some of the Afrikaans words are wrong.

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  • Jill Austin
  • 05-17-15

You've brought it to life

I read the book when it was first realised and now you've brought it to life. Wonderful story telling. Audible has given me a new lease on life. All the stories I have read and loved presented again in such a wonderful and easy to use package. Wilbur Smith a truly great author. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-18

Southern African 1900's thriller

A great story ,with the different threads of the story brilliantly interwoven, that holds the reader/listeber from the start to the very end.

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  • mac
  • 03-17-18

Highly inspirational.

Would you listen to The Sound of Thunder again? Why?

This book like all the others from wilbur smith is a perfect capture of human life.
The issues with families. The pain and drama of torn family lives.

Any additional comments?

John Lee is still the best to listen to. He needs to do all of Wilbur smiths book.
And no abridge versions.

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  • Hugh
  • 06-07-16

Arguably Wilbur Smith's Best book

This story continues the tale of Sean Courtney and his rise to greatness. The horror of the Boer War and the love / hate relationship with his younger brother Garrick Courtney. When I read the original book in the 1979's I couldn't put it down. The years that have passed have not diminished the quality of this excellent story. A big bonus. This story is unabridged!