Courtney

23 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 967 ratings

When the Lion Feeds 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.

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  • Book 1

    • When the Lion Feeds

    • The Courtneys, Book 1
    • By: Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    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.

    Regular price: $25.08

  • Book 2

    • The Sound of Thunder

    • Courtney, Book 2
    • By: Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 25

    The second novel in Wilbur Smith's The Courtneys series, The Sound of Thunder is a powerful story of family tragedy set against the backdrop of the ravages of the Second Boer War. '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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Tremendous story, beautiful narration

    • By Dan Griebling on 03-22-19

    Regular price: $25.08

  • Book 3

    • A Sparrow Falls

    • Courtney, Book 3
    • By: Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 20 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 36

    From the trenches of France, General Sean Courtney comes back to fame, fortune and a seat in the government. Mark Anders, the courageous young South African whom he has come to regard as his own son, returns to nothing, his grandfather murdered and his property seized by an unknown company. At the bottom of the mystery is Sean's son Dirk, the jealous, violent and power-crazed genius whose all-consuming hatred can only end in blood.... A Sparrow Falls is the thrilling third novel in the Courtney series, continuing from When the Lion Feeds and The Sound of Thunder.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Book 3 did not disappoint!

    • By Cole Palfreyman on 03-18-19

    Regular price: $28.35

  • Book 4

    • The Burning Shore

    • The Courtney Series, Book 4
    • By: Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 20 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 16

    One of the greatest fighter pilots of the Great War, Michael Courtney is saved by the French noblewoman Centaine de Thiry when he crashes near her home. Soon after, Centaine finds herself alone and carrying Michael's child and must travel across the ocean to join his family in South Africa. But no journey is ever simple, and a pregnant Centaine finds herself shipwrecked in shark-infested waters off Africa's notorious Skeleton Coast, a deadly swim away from the sun-bleached desert that will see her defenceless and alone.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent story in a great series.

    • By JDD on 02-13-19

    Regular price: $28.35

  • Book 5

    • Power of the Sword

    • The Courtney Series, Book 5
    • By: Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 28 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Centaine de Thiry Courtney has not only survived but thrived. A successful woman with two sons of her own: Shasa Courtney, the Courtney heir, and Manfred de la Rey, Shasa's half brother, her secret child raised solely by his father. At the time of the Great Depression, Centaine must make difficult decisions to ensure the security of her family - decisions that will affect Manfred and his father, Lothar de la Rey, a man Centaine once loved. But the world is changing, and conflicts greater than any the world has seen before are looming. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent series good book

    • By JDD on 02-28-19

    Regular price: $32.71

  • Book 6

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  • Book 7

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  • Book 8

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  • Book 9

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  • Book 10

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  • Book 12

    • The Triumph of the Sun

    • Courtney & Ballantyne, Book 12
    • By: Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated by: Elliot Chapman
    • Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    In the burning heat of the Sudanese sun, the city of Khartoum is under siege from the fearsome forces of the Mahdi, the charismatic leader of those who tire of the brutal Egyptian government. In Khartoum, along with thousands of innocent citizens, are trapped the fanatical General Charles Gordon, intrepid soldier Penrod Ballantyne of the 10th Hussars, English trader Ryder Courtney and the British consul and his three beautiful daughters. 

    Regular price: $28.35

  • Book 13

    • King of Kings

    • By: Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated by: Elliot Chapman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Cairo, 1887. A beautiful September day. Penrod Ballantyne and his fiancée, Amber Benbrook, stroll hand in hand. The future is theirs for the taking. But when Penrod's jealous former lover, Lady Agatha, plants doubt about his character, Amber leaves him and travels to the wilds of Abyssinia with her twin sister, Saffron, and her adventurer husband, Ryder Courtney. On a mission to establish a silver mine, they make the dangerous journey to the new capital of Addis Ababa, where they are welcomed by Menelik, the King of Kings.

    Regular price: $25.08

  • Book 14

    • Assegai

    • Courtney - Assegai, Book 1
    • By: Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    King and country. No matter the cost. With the backing of his uncle, General Penrod Ballantyne, young Leon Courtney joins the King's Rifles of Nairobi. When he becomes discouraged by the dishonesty of army life, his uncle recruits him for a special mission - spying on the Germans in East Africa, whom the General suspects are preparing for the Kaiser's war. Posing as a professional game hunter, Leon is tasked with gathering information on one of his clients, wealthy industrialist Otto Von Meerbach.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • wow what an awesome story

    • By JDD on 02-09-19
    • Courtney - Assegai, Book 1
    • By: Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
    • Release date: 08-28-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 19 ratings

    Regular price: $25.08

  • Book 15

    • Golden Lion

    • A Novel of Heroes in a Time of War
    • By: Wilbur Smith, Giles Kristian
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 228
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 204

    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

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Golden Lion

    • By: Wilbur Smith, Giles Kristian
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    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

    Regular price: $15.45

  • Book 16

    • War Cry

    • By: Wilbur Smith, David Churchill
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 17 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    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 122
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111

    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

    • War Cry

    • By: Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 17 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    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, where she finds herself inevitably drawn into the heart of the gathering storm in the lead-up to World War II.

    Regular price: $22.81

  • Book 17

    • 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 174
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148

    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

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