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.
© Wilbur Smith; (P) Macmillan Publishers Ltd
Tim Pigot-Smith's character voices are so good you can see the characters in your head. This was one of the very first audio books I bought, originally on tape, in the 1990s, and is one I have often used as a bench mark to judge others. So for me it has stood the test of time very well. The only small but annoying criticism I have is directed squarely at Audible. One very shoddy sound edit, when, I assume they changed the spools of tape when digitally remastering, and at the very end Mr Pigot-Smith can barely complete the final word of the story before we hear the very annoying, tinny american voice hoping we've enjoyed the recording.
My first trip into the world of Wilbur Smith - my husband has been reading him for years and I thought he was a writer for boys - how wrong I was. I devoured this book and have gone on to finish the first series and am now attacking the second series. I'm delighted to have a wish list full of this author and am thrilled to see how many more novels there are just waiting for me to dive into it. The Courtney novels are fabulous - love, intrigue, jealousy, family feuding, war, hope - plenty of substance to interest any reader.
Too much is left out in the abridged version of this great novel. After introducing the villanous brother Bill, his role is never again brought up. Hal's death scene has nothing to do with the way Smith wrote it and the narration ends very suddenly leaving the listner dismayed by the many edited loose ends. Does not do Wilbur Smith's work justice.
very predictable. It is an easy listen but not much depth.
"When the lion feeds"
no ending, left open and unfinished.You make me write A minimun of 15 words or 25 characters AND HE CAN NOT FINISH THE BOOK.I wanted to write no ending.
"A superb writer."
Some writers can paint murals with their words. Wilbur Smith paints masterpieces with a wide vista and deep moving emotional brushstrokes. Don't just follow the story, bask in canvas of prose.
Maybe in the future.
The overall picture built of Africa
He adds character.
Many moving moments, a few tears shed.
Haven;t read may of the Wilbur Smith books but have found the ones read are all enjoyable,.Will look for them in the future.
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