Courtney

20 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 865 ratings

When the Lion Feeds Publisher's Summary

’François, how many men up at the face?' 'Cave-in.' François's voice was now hysterically shrill. 'Cave-in.' He broke Sean's grip and raced away towards the lift station, the mud flying from his gumboots. His terror infected Sean and he ran a dozen paces after François before he stopped himself. For precious seconds he wavered with fear slithering round like a reptile in his stomach; go back to call the others and perhaps die with them or follow François and live.

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

©1964 Wilbur Smith (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • When the Lion Feeds

    • By: Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83

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

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A definite classic

    • By James on 09-11-14

    Regular price: $24.51

  • Book 2

    • The Sound of Thunder

    • By: Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59

    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...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story, great narration

    • By Jono Gregson on 11-06-17

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  • Book 3

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  • Book 4

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  • Book 5

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  • Book 9

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  • Book 10

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  • Book 11

    • Blue Horizon

    • By: Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
    • Length: 29 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67

    At the close of Wilbur Smith's best-selling Monsoon, Tom Courtney and his brother, Dorian, battled on the high seas and finally reached the Cape of Good Hope to start life afresh.

    In this spellbinding new novel, the next generation of Courtneys are out to stake their claim in Southern Africa, travelling along the infamous "Robber's Road". It is a journey both exciting and hazardous, that takes them through the untouched wilderness of a beautiful land filled with warring tribes and wild animals.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping

    • By Taryn Casey on 02-27-18

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  • Book 12

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  • Book 13

    • Assegai

    • Courtney 3, Book 5
    • By: Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    It is 1913 and ex-soldier turned professional big game hunter Leon Courtney is in British East Africa guiding rich and powerful men from America and Europe on safaris in the Masai tribe territories. One of his clients, German industrialist Count Otto Von Meerbach, has a company which builds aircraft and vehicles for the Kaiser's burgeoning army. But Leon had not bargained for falling passionately in love with Eva, the Count's beautiful and enigmatic mistress.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Assegai - A true African Safari Adventure

    • By Derek on 08-05-09

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  • Book 14

    • Golden Lion

    • A Novel of Heroes in a Time of War
    • By: Wilbur Smith, Giles Kristian
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 220
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 197

    He saw his father executed in battle. He spent his youth avenging that death. And now Henry "Hal" Courtney is a man with a ship - and a family - of his own. But fate has not finished with Hal. On a voyage along the eastern shore of Africa, a powerful enemy abducts his wife, the fearless warrior Judith...and with her Hal's unborn child.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • gripping story

    • By Marco on 07-12-16

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    • Golden Lion

    • By: Wilbur Smith, Giles Kristian
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Worldwide best-selling author Wilbur Smith will take you on an incredible journey on the thrashing seas off the coast of Africa in this glorious return to the series that made him who he is: The Courtney series.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By Evan on 10-22-15

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  • Book 15

    • War Cry

    • By: Wilbur Smith, David Churchill
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 17 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    In a triumphant return to his much-loved Courtney series, Wilbur Smith introduces us to the bravest new member of the famed family, Saffron Courtney. Saffron grows up on a sprawling Kenyan estate, under the watchful eye of her father, prominent businessman and distinguished war veteran Leon Courtney. Her childhood is idyllic until a family tragedy forces her to grow up much faster than necessary. As she grows into a spirited teenager, her thirst for knowledge and adventure leads her to England.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • You smell the bush!

    • By Anonymous User on 06-28-17

    Regular price: $17.58

    • War Cry

    • A Courtney Family Novel
    • By: Wilbur Smith, David Churchill
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 17 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102

    As a member of the remarkable Courtney family, Leon Courtney knows how quickly fortunes can be won and lost. Over the course of more than two centuries, generations of his family have risen and fallen with the tides of history. Leon, too, has experienced his own share of triumph and pain. In the wake of his beloved wife's death, the renowned big-game hunter is raising his young daughter, Saffron, alone in colonial Kenya.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • War Cry

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-02-18

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 16

    • TheTiger's Prey

    • A Novel of Adventure
    • By: Wilbur Smith, Tom Harper
    • Narrated by: Mike Grady
    • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 149
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127

    Tom Courtney, one of four sons of master mariner Sir Hal Courtney, once again sets sail on a treacherous journey that will take him across the vast reaches of the ocean and pit him against dangerous enemies in exotic destinations. But just as the winds propel his sails, passion drives his heart. Turning his ship toward the unknown, Tom Courtney will ultimately find his destiny - and lay the future for the Courtney family.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • takes me back to the original trilogy!

    • By Michelle on 11-20-17

    Regular price: $31.93

    • The Tiger's Prey

    • By: Wilbur Smith, Tom Harper
    • Narrated by: Mike Grady
    • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    The Malabar coast is full of dangers: greedy tradesmen, fearless pirates, and men full of vengeance. But for a Courtney, the greatest danger might just be his own family.... Francis Courtney flees the comfort of his Devonshire estate when his stepfather's gambling debts leave him penniless and at risk. He sails to South Africa with revenge and fortune on his mind: his uncle Tom Courtney killed his father, and Francis intends to avenge his death and make his fortune in the process.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Inconclusive, rushed ending leaving readers flat

    • By Anonymous User on 10-14-17

    Regular price: $14.97

  • Book 17

    • Courtney's War

    • By: Wilbur Smith, David Churchill
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 12

    Paris, 1939. Torn apart by war, Saffron Courtney and Gerhard von Meerbach are thousands of miles apart, both struggling for their lives. Gerhard - despite his objections to the Nazi regime - is fighting for the Fatherland, hoping to one day have the opportunity to rid Germany of Hitler and his cronies. But as his unit is thrown into the hellish attrition of the Battle of Stalingrad, he knows his chances of survival are dwindling by the day....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Such a great book

    • By Chief Enthusiast on 09-18-18

    Regular price: $25.08