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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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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.

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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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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Still an amazing read and brilliantly narrated

Read this when I was young, it's not too often you revisit a book from your youth and it holds up so well. Can't wait for the rest of the series now. The narration voice is perfect for this saga.

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Sound of thunder

It’s another cracking story from Wilbur but it has to be said that the Boer war descriptions were too graphic for me and although necessary to me ruined a cracking story.Its full of family feuds,love ,hatred and envy with a great ending leading on to book three

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loved this family Saga .

absolutely amazingly great story .Epic love the Courtney saga . off to buy the next book in series 5 stars ..

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-20

Riveting

The book makes me feel like a fly on the wall the whole way through.
As a South African man, this book just speaks to me.

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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.