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When the Lion Feeds

The Courtneys, Book 1
Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (55 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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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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Well written & reasearch takes me back to Africa.

takes me back to my own childhood growing up in Zimbabwe lot's of memories envoked

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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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  • nezzynez
  • 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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  • 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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  • Daisymae
  • 04-07-19

Wonderful

Loved the story, full of fortunes and misfortunes. Spanning many years. Ready for next book.

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  • Justin
  • 03-13-19

Listened to the 1st book I ever read

Incredible story of what life was like 200+ years ago in South Africa. Growing up on a farm, striking golf and hunting ivory.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • M. Bashford
  • 11-18-18

brilliant

what a wonderful story and read by my favourite Sean Barrett who brings all the characters to life set in Africa in the late 1800 this beautiful country with its vastness tells of adventures and love fortunes made and lost with gold ivory and diamonds could not put it down

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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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  • 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