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When the Lion Feeds

The Courtneys, Book 1
Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Series: Courtney, Book 1
Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (235 ratings)

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Summary

It is the 1870s, and twin brothers Sean and Garrick Courtney are born into the wilds of Natal. They could not be more different, and 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 the horizon is the promise of fortune, adventure, destiny and love.... 

When the Lion Feeds is the best-selling novel that launched Wilbur Smith's stellar career and the first in the riveting saga of the Courtney brothers.

©1964 Wilbur Smith (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Sit back and enjoy

A first class novel really well narrated from start to finish, hard to put down 5*

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Just as good as I remembered!

I first read this book over thirty years ago, and was really excited to see an unabridged audiobook available. I was initially concerned that it might be dated, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have also never been disappointed by Sean Barrett’s narration. What’s not to like! Roll on “The Sound of Thunder”!!!!

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captivating

loved it. explained so vividly. perfectly narrated. kept me intrigued to the very end. amazing story lines

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Read the book when I was a teenager and forgot.

The narration is excellent, perfect in fact. Gripping, listened every moment I could, on to the next, I can't wait, the ending came as a surprise I was hoping for the next cliff hanger

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Didn't finish as it was too depressing

Review needs to be considered in the context of me not having gone any further than chapter 12. I found the content and narration too depressing. It is well-written and, even in the few chapters I listened to, I felt a connection to the characters and landscape. A fair amount happens and it moves along at a good pace without any padding out. For me it was just too dark and was heading for further misery as war approached. The performance is probably right for the storyline but quite monotone.

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always fantastic books

always fantastic books and always leaving you wanting more a bit of a twist but good

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Awesome

I have read the book years ago and this was just as enjoyable as the paper version. Well narrated and I have already downloaded the second in the Courtney series “The Sound of Thunder”

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when a lion feeds

the book was well written and suspenseful but a little too sad. Also , all the racial references are unsettling. I told myself that it was a true reflection of how things were back then and kept going but being an African it was disquieting. Not withstanding, it is overall a 5 star story.

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Speak up man!

The narrator irritated the life out of me throughout this book. It sounded like he was trying to save his voice for another performance as he constantly reduced the volume and projection from an occasionally/rarely clear spoken voice to the energy bereft voice of a dying man. I could only listen to this performance in a quiet room so forget it if you are on the move.
The story was great though.

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Kept me enthralled

Excellent writing; gripping story; well read - made long motorway journeys a piece of cake.
Baulked a bit regarding hunting but I guess that was authentic.

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  • Shelley Peterson
  • 03-04-19

What did you do with John Lee?

I bought this book and Book 2 narrated by John Lee. Later I went back to relisten and the books were removed. A message came up and said, "Ah Shucks, this book is no longer available narrated by John Lee".I complained and they gave me 2 credits so I could rebuy the books but they are narrated by Sean Barrett who is ok but he's not John Lee. I am upset because John Lee and Wilbur Smith are my favorite narrators and authors. I'm sooooo disappointed!!!! I have a huge library so as a good customer but any customer should get what they buy! I want John Lee as the narrator and wish all Wilbur Smith books were narrated by John Lee!!!! He is perfect for his books.
I wonder what other books I've bought have been removed from my library without my knowledge!

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  • Gary Adler
  • 06-05-19

Appalling narration

I couldn’t finish the book as the narration was so appalling. Why did they not get a person who knows the accents of Afrikaaners and Zulu speaking South Africans? It was embarrassing and did this good story no justice. Further, his imitation of female voices was just plain shocking. Was really looking forward to listening to the series but will definitely not purchase any more Wilbur Smith Courtney sagas.

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  • Phillip Kuyler
  • 14-09-19

A book for men

This is a very accurate depiction of the dangers, triumphs, perils and scars that frontier life leaves you with.

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  • Michael Milner
  • 29-06-19

Misses the mark

Wilbur smith writes such amazing books. Sadly, not this one. Don't want to give anything away...... but the ending..... Ughhh 😥

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  • lou
  • 17-04-19

Excellent!

I was so excited when I found Wilber Smith on audible. Great story, wonderful author, hard to put down. I highly recommend for pure entertainment!

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  • Jonathan Audin
  • 03-04-19

Well written & reasearch takes me back to Africa.

takes me back to my own childhood growing up in Zimbabwe lot's of memories envoked

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 22-05-19

Audible books

love it, wish it would go on. So sad Catrina took her own life. enjoy these Audible books

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