When the Lion Feeds

The Courtneys, Book 1
Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Series: Courtney, Book 1
Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (244 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It is the 1870s, and twin brothers Sean and Garrick Courtney are born into the wilds of Natal. They could not be more different, and 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 the horizon is the promise of fortune, adventure, destiny and love.... 

When the Lion Feeds is the best-selling novel that launched Wilbur Smith's stellar career and the first in the riveting saga of the Courtney brothers.

©1964 Wilbur Smith (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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What did you do with John Lee?

I bought this book and Book 2 narrated by John Lee. Later I went back to relisten and the books were removed. A message came up and said, "Ah Shucks, this book is no longer available narrated by John Lee".I complained and they gave me 2 credits so I could rebuy the books but they are narrated by Sean Barrett who is ok but he's not John Lee. I am upset because John Lee and Wilbur Smith are my favorite narrators and authors. I'm sooooo disappointed!!!! I have a huge library so as a good customer but any customer should get what they buy! I want John Lee as the narrator and wish all Wilbur Smith books were narrated by John Lee!!!! He is perfect for his books. I wonder what other books I've bought have been removed from my library without my knowledge!

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A book for men

This is a very accurate depiction of the dangers, triumphs, perils and scars that frontier life leaves you with.

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Appalling narration

I couldn’t finish the book as the narration was so appalling. Why did they not get a person who knows the accents of Afrikaaners and Zulu speaking South Africans? It was embarrassing and did this good story no justice. Further, his imitation of female voices was just plain shocking. Was really looking forward to listening to the series but will definitely not purchase any more Wilbur Smith Courtney sagas.

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WONDERFUL

If you haven’t read Wilbur Smith YOU NEED TO! I am so sad because I have now finished all of his series along with all but one of his novels. I’m saving that for an up coming road trip with my husband. Mr. Smiths writing style is so very extraordinary, vivid, alive, I feel like I am a character in one of his stories his novels are so easy to melt into. I feel as though I can, smell the air, taste the salt of the sea, feel the stinging heat of the desert, touch the minerals and rocks, hike through the jungles, go on Safari, feel the splashing rain, smell the mineral iron smell of blood, ride a horse....I JUST DO NOT KNOW HOW TO EXPRESS HOW FABULOUS THESE NOVELS & SERIES ARE! ***THANK YOU Wilber Smith for sharing your stories with the world, I for one am richer for it.

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Hasn’t Worn Well

Main characters Sean and Duff were both selfish, violent and greedy people, unworthy of respect despite the author’s clumsy attempts to portray them as heroes. The racist and anti-Semitic attitudes on show here make reading this painful.

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This is a difficult book to rate.

It’s hard to score this book. On one hand it is masterfully written and read with perfection. On the other hand it is a miserable story about a miserable family. I intended to give up on this book several times as the story descended farther and farther into misery, but it was so well done that I stuck with it to the end. I listen to books for entertainment, or sometimes for an education, but I’m not interested in stories about how bad someone’s life is or about the bad decisions that person makes along the way. Not only did this book seem to move from one tragedy to the next, but it ended on a really pessimistic note. I say it ended, but actually the story just stopped; it didn’t really have an ending. I have no desire to listen to the next two books in this series which I intend to return, let alone the other 15 beyond those.

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gotta love the Courtney series

I had read the book maybe 7 or 8 years ago.the audiobook was very good very enjoyable the performance was excellent the accents of the narrator I very much enjoyed

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Gripping tale

With roots of the toughtness that one could only experience in Africa. Romance, Drama and well researched stories. Enjoyed this book

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Misses the mark

Wilbur smith writes such amazing books. Sadly, not this one. Don't want to give anything away...... but the ending..... Ughhh 😥

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Excellent!

I was so excited when I found Wilber Smith on audible. Great story, wonderful author, hard to put down. I highly recommend for pure entertainment!

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  • Ian P.
  • 01-29-19

Just as good as I remembered!

I first read this book over thirty years ago, and was really excited to see an unabridged audiobook available. I was initially concerned that it might be dated, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have also never been disappointed by Sean Barrett’s narration. What’s not to like! Roll on “The Sound of Thunder”!!!!

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  • Team Nezzy
  • 01-31-19

Sit back and enjoy

A first class novel really well narrated from start to finish, hard to put down 5*

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  • Tally
  • 04-01-20

Avoid !

I was expecting a mixture of good story telling, insights into a different culture and a historical perspective. Instead you get shallow characters, men who are misogynistic and women who are all false and next to nothing about the context of the story. After researching the author, I realised that it was not by design that his main character was so old fashioned and unlikable - it is just who the author is... "A man's man" says it all really.

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  • Timedout
  • 01-29-19

Didn't finish as it was too depressing

Review needs to be considered in the context of me not having gone any further than chapter 12. I found the content and narration too depressing. It is well-written and, even in the few chapters I listened to, I felt a connection to the characters and landscape. A fair amount happens and it moves along at a good pace without any padding out. For me it was just too dark and was heading for further misery as war approached. The performance is probably right for the storyline but quite monotone.

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  • Dalton
  • 05-27-19

captivating

loved it. explained so vividly. perfectly narrated. kept me intrigued to the very end. amazing story lines

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  • Gavin
  • 04-27-19

Read the book when I was a teenager and forgot.

The narration is excellent, perfect in fact. Gripping, listened every moment I could, on to the next, I can't wait, the ending came as a surprise I was hoping for the next cliff hanger

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  • p d king
  • 12-19-18

always fantastic books

always fantastic books and always leaving you wanting more a bit of a twist but good

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  • Jeremy Cook
  • 12-02-18

Awesome

I have read the book years ago and this was just as enjoyable as the paper version. Well narrated and I have already downloaded the second in the Courtney series “The Sound of Thunder”

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-20

Best Book Ever

Wilbur Smith is my favourite author. This book started me on my Courtney Yeats adventure and it is one i visit over and over.

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  • jonboy_
  • 07-22-20

Top Notch Wilbur Smith

Really good Wilbur Smith novel. First part I found a little slow, but after that a fast paced and overall great story, really keeping the attention. Just wished I'd picked up the next couple in the series when they were in the Audible sale.

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  • HR
  • 05-13-19

Women will like this story also

I was a bit worried this would be the type of book series which only men would like but I really enjoyed it. A great author, a perfect narrator and a very addictive tale. You won't go wrong with this book.

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  • steve budarick
  • 02-09-19

loved it

great narrator makes such a difference to listening to a book Sean Barrett was born to narrate this series.

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  • Val
  • 06-08-20

Absorbing

Best book I have read in a long while. Filled with Raw realism that has you moving side by side with the characters. Real life at it's most basic without the need for over-dramatisation to keep you riveted. Thank you Wilbur Smith for this amazing narrative.

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  • Mark
  • 09-28-19

Adventure to South Africa

With my first trip to South Africa, I took along this audio book. I had not read or listened to Wilbur Smith before and it captured me as I witnessed the country on Safari. An amazing tale and narration was first class to my taste. I now have finished another audio book and ready to listen to the next of the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-19

Great read

Could not stop listening to this tale and ready for more with the sequels. . A great author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-15-19

A Great Book.

This book is well worth reading. I didn't want to stop listening! Wilbur Smith at his best, as usual!

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  • Paul
  • 04-15-19

Beautiful

I have never read his books always looked to much - audible has made this rich South African novel real for me - I was also born in Zambia like the author and lived many years in South Africa and now live in Australia