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Summary

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 wilderness 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....

©1966 Wilbur Smith (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Only disappointment is poor pronunciation.

I'm a massive Wilbur Smith fan and have read all of his books most more than once. Having grown up in Central/Southern Africa, I get great pleasure from Wilbur Smith's accuracies concerning local folklore & local places of interest. I can really vitalise myself there, in the story.
I have read the Courtney Saga twice in hard copy and I'm currently on my third run via talking books. My only disappointment is poor pronunciation of common African words & place names.

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Fantastic.

Loved it. Brilliantly narrated. Spell bound lost in the dream of South Africa. thank you. wonderful hours lost in the dreary rain whilst at work picturing the lives of those in the book. Narration at its best. can't wait to download the next installment.

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brilliant

as always Wilbur Smith just could not stop listening just loved the Horse race so dramatic







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Great story to listen too

From the start the story and narration kept me listening. Masterful writing from Wilbur Smith and a great follow up on When the Lion Feeds. Sean Barrett also doing a great job as always. Would highly recommend

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Fantastic book

This is the best book or listened to ever. What an imagination this Author has it kept me occupied for hours.

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Excellent book

Loved the book. Tried to listen to it as often as I could. A must read.

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Heart wrenching... I see you Mr Smith

During that time this was South Africa so cruel and yet so stunning. Not for the feint hearted but so powerful a story, I was able to bear the violence.

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À long saga, very graphic in parts

The ongoing saga of the Courtney family, though fascinating, was rather spoilt for me by the graphic descriptions of human on human, and human on animal violence. I realise this was the truth of their lives, but I didn’t need quite such a graphic picture painting.

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Wondering Story

Compared to the first book in the series, this seemed a bit aimless and unfocused .

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who doesnt love a bit of Wilbur Smith for company.

learn so much on history , culture, geography etc intwined with fiction, love the varied story lines, knowing all the characters, through the ages....the research and detail in his books never disappoints.

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  • 27-04-22

Exceptional.

Story telling in its grandest form of plot, language, pace, suspense and resolution. The quality and drama of Barrett’s narration complement Smith’s writing superbly.

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  • Gazza
  • 16-04-22

Great saga

If you like historical fiction and your interested in South African history, you will like this. Great story and great characters you’ll care about. Our hero is somewhat indestructible but hey we kind of expect that. Very similar to the Sharp stories by Bernard Cornwell. Highly recommend. Buy these when they go on sale, great value.

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  • Kathy-Jane
  • 23-02-22

Fabulous

I went through the first book I this series faster than usual and couldn't wait to download the second. Now I am just as driven to get the third book in the series. Absolutely fabulous story, writing, and narration. This will be among my favorite books for sure.

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  • olliepop
  • 06-01-22

Many generations of South Africans

the story cover a formable period if the history of the formation of South Africa. It was a time similar to the wild west settlement. The author developed many exciting characters and their various relationships through time. I will listen to it again in a long trip.

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  • Gareth
  • 13-09-21

Places that I remember from Africa

These stories take me back to Africa .. Im an white African, lived in Africa, the smells and experienceswill stay in your heart for ever

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  • J. Kronen
  • 25-05-21

Fantastic adventure plus searing human drama

Wilbur Smith is a great novelist, I can't recommend this any higher. Even better than book 1 of the Courteney trilogy.

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  • 03-03-21

absolutely great!

it was absolutely gripping and I enjoyed every minute of it. sean barret was magnificent

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  • Sojourner
  • 16-01-21

Good read

Engrossing storyline, dated patriarchal values, informative historical background, strong character descriptions, incredible fortuitous turns of events.

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  • Oladele O. Olusanya
  • 06-12-20

A great saga

Wilbur Smith as usual has written a great saga worthy of a Charles Dickens, and while at first I resented the South African inflected accent of the reader Sean Barrett, the listener soon settles into his cadence.

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  • Mike Slabbert
  • 16-09-20

Loyal fan

loved it could not stop listening. well researched and captivating. Would unreservedly recommend this book.