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The Sound of Thunder

Courtney, Book 2
Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Series: Courtney, Book 2
Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
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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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brilliant

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







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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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The sound of Thunder

Amazing book, highly recommended. This was an excellent sequel to A Lion Feeds, smooth flowing and without repetition. An absorbing story that draws you in from the beginning with characters that you love and hate as if you're actually there with them. Great Job!

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Not sure

Wonderfully written, as always, but lacked purpose in the story a bit for me, needed more of a focus to keep me drawn in as it were

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  • Bracknell, United Kingdom
  • 04-08-19

What a wonderful storyteller

Kept me totally engrossed from start to finish. Sean Barrett makes the most of the beautiful language and brings the intriguing story to life.

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Great book by a great author!!

I would recommend this book as part of the Courtney series. Make sure to start from the first book in the series.

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Top Drawer

Lost count of how many times I’ve read this book and the others in the Courtney Trilogy, it’s a lot. Sean Barret’s narration is superb. Really brings it to life.

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Gripping from start to finish!

Excellent story taking you from the WW1 battlefields of France to the African Skeleton Coast and further. Adventure, romance and intrigue which had me in its grip from start to finish! Excellent read!!

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Courtney at his best!

A story which takes the listener through the Boer war, the slaughter on both sides across Southern Africa. The lives of the Courtney family with all it's secrets and personal hatreds. Wilbur Smith's powers of description make the whole book come alive. Sean Barrett is a wonderful narrator with his magical voice.

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Action page turner .

Brilliant story , excllent narrator and a good length of audio book .
A little disconcerting at first as narrator has done other good books
with a horror element but never the less excellent once you are enveloped in story .

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  • Michele Haines
  • 17-09-19

Another FANTASTIC Series

Wilber Smith SLAYS Historical Fiction! I can not believe that I am just now discussing his works! This is a MUST LISTEN TO or READ!
BRAVO!
Also, MAGNIFICENT performance by the Narrator Sean Barrett!

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  • lou
  • 26-04-19

Great.

Really good follow up to book 1 in the Courtney series. I am now moving on to book 3. Love Wilbur Smith and his writing.

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  • Baysmom04
  • 15-04-19

Great Story! Great Narrator!

The story was great - a little uncomfortable to listen to the elephant poaching parts - other than that it was an exciting read (listen)! The narrator: Sean Barrett was AMAZING and made the listen really pleasurable!

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  • Dan Griebling
  • 22-03-19

Tremendous story, beautiful narration

This is by far my favorite series of historical fiction. The sweep, characters, and writing take me away to the Continent every time I listen.

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  • JDD
  • 06-02-19

Huge book great series touched me deeply.

Although Wilbur Smith holds the pinnacle of my authors list, and this series is among my favorite, this book touched me most deeply. its typical in depth descriptions of era, characters and places paint a wonderful mental image, but it departure from flawless heros to a trouble family meant a great deal to me. It offers a portrayal of how complex life can be. It is a huge complex novel covering many years and characters, requiring me to read and listen several time... each being a joy.

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  • TanstaaflRik
  • 13-12-18

Great story and great narration

Hard to stop listening. Absolutely loved it. The narrator is absolutely the best I’ve heard.