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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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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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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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a bit too corny for my taste

very corny can tell it's an old story I like Wilbur Smith but.his older ones are a little too predictable

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Rivalry and love

Although I struggled at places, where it seems really long and boring (the war bits) overall it was ace fantastic read 5*

📚 This series of books were recommended by my brother and his fiance

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Awesome

it just gets better the saga is enthralling and the pace of the novels intense, on to the next

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Sensational Sean!

Just loved this second part of Sean’s life. Brilliant & exciting writing, wonderfully read bringing the characters to life. I just wish there weren’t so many tragedies!

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High drama, weaving in and out of history.

I love the way the drama links to historical events and the turmoil of family and love.
Thrilling narration.. brings life to the book.

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brilliant

An amazing book, a must listen and brought me back to my South African roots

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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.

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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.