Courtney

19 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173 ratings

When the Lion Feeds 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.

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  • Book 1

    • When the Lion Feeds

    • The Courtneys, Book 1
    • By: Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • always fantastic books

    • By p d king on 19-12-18

    Regular price: £22.99

  • Book 2

    • The Sound of Thunder

    • Courtney, Book 2
    • By: Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 29

    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 wildnerness a rich man - until he is robbed by the Boers of his wagons, his gold and the girl he loves.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • brilliant

    • By Vivien Green on 03-12-18

    Regular price: £22.99

  • Book 3

    • A Sparrow Falls

    • Courtney, Book 3
    • By: Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 20 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 32

    From the trenches of France, General Sean Courtney comes back to fame, fortune and a seat in the government. Mark Anders, the courageous young South African whom he has come to regard as his own son, returns to nothing, his grandfather murdered and his property seized by an unknown company. At the bottom of the mystery is Sean's son Dirk, the jealous, violent and power-crazed genius whose all-consuming hatred can only end in blood.... A Sparrow Falls is the thrilling third novel in the Courtney series, continuing from When the Lion Feeds and The Sound of Thunder.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Classic Wilbur Smith

    • By RJNS on 17-12-18

    Regular price: £25.99

  • Book 4

    • The Burning Shore

    • The Courtney Series, Book 4
    • By: Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 20 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    One of the greatest fighter pilots of the Great War, Michael Courtney is saved by the French noblewoman Centaine de Thiry when he crashes near her home. Soon after, Centaine finds herself alone and carrying Michael's child and must travel across the ocean to join his family in South Africa. But no journey is ever simple, and a pregnant Centaine finds herself shipwrecked in shark-infested waters off Africa's notorious Skeleton Coast, a deadly swim away from the sun-bleached desert that will see her defenceless and alone.

    Regular price: £25.99

  • Book 5

    • Power of the Sword

    • The Courtney Series, Book 5
    • By: Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 28 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Centaine de Thiry Courtney has not only survived but thrived. A successful woman with two sons of her own: Shasa Courtney, the Courtney heir, and Manfred de la Rey, Shasa's half brother, her secret child raised solely by his father. At the time of the Great Depression, Centaine must make difficult decisions to ensure the security of her family - decisions that will affect Manfred and his father, Lothar de la Rey, a man Centaine once loved. But the world is changing, and conflicts greater than any the world has seen before are looming. 

    Regular price: £29.99

  • Book 6

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  • Book 7

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  • Book 8

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  • Book 9

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  • Book 10

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  • Book 11

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  • Book 12

    • The Triumph of the Sun

    • Courtney & Ballantyne, Book 12
    • By: Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated by: Elliot Chapman
    • Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    In the burning heat of the Sudanese sun, the city of Khartoum is under siege from the fearsome forces of the Mahdi, the charismatic leader of those who tire of the brutal Egyptian government. In Khartoum, along with thousands of innocent citizens, are trapped the fanatical General Charles Gordon, intrepid soldier Penrod Ballantyne of the 10th Hussars, English trader Ryder Courtney and the British consul and his three beautiful daughters. 

    Regular price: £25.99

  • Book 13

    • Assegai

    • Courtney - Assegai, Book 1
    • By: Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 180
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166

    King and country. No matter the cost. With the backing of his uncle, General Penrod Ballantyne, young Leon Courtney joins the King's Rifles of Nairobi. When he becomes discouraged by the dishonesty of army life, his uncle recruits him for a special mission - spying on the Germans in East Africa, whom the General suspects are preparing for the Kaiser's war. Posing as a professional game hunter, Leon is tasked with gathering information on one of his clients, wealthy industrialist Otto Von Meerbach.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very enjoyable

    • By Ken on 04-09-18
    • Courtney - Assegai, Book 1
    • By: Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 17 hrs and 45 mins
    • Release date: 28-08-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 180 ratings

    Regular price: £22.99

  • Book 14

    • Golden Lion

    • By: Wilbur Smith, Giles Kristian
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 191
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 166

    Worldwide best-selling author Wilbur Smith will take you on an incredible journey on the thrashing seas off the coast of Africa in this glorious return to the series that made him who he is: The Courtney series.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • wow!

    • By Adsy on 06-07-16

    Regular price: £14.49

  • Book 15

    • War Cry

    • By: Wilbur Smith, David Churchill
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 17 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 260
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 236
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 234

    In a triumphant return to his much-loved Courtney series, Wilbur Smith introduces us to the bravest new member of the famed family, Saffron Courtney. Saffron grows up on a sprawling Kenyan estate, under the watchful eye of her father, prominent businessman and distinguished war veteran Leon Courtney. Her childhood is idyllic until a family tragedy forces her to grow up much faster than necessary. As she grows into a spirited teenager, her thirst for knowledge and adventure leads her to England.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great listen ... leaves you hanging for more!

    • By Ozzie Osprey on 06-06-17

    Regular price: £16.99

    • War Cry

    • A Courtney Family Novel
    • By: Wilbur Smith, David Churchill
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 17 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    As a member of the remarkable Courtney family, Leon Courtney knows how quickly fortunes can be won and lost. Over the course of more than two centuries, generations of his family have risen and fallen with the tides of history. Leon, too, has experienced his own share of triumph and pain. In the wake of his beloved wife's death, the renowned big-game hunter is raising his young daughter, Saffron, alone in colonial Kenya.

    Regular price: £27.69

  • Book 16

    • TheTiger's Prey

    • A Novel of Adventure
    • By: Wilbur Smith, Tom Harper
    • Narrated by: Mike Grady
    • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    Tom Courtney, one of four sons of master mariner Sir Hal Courtney, once again sets sail on a treacherous journey that will take him across the vast reaches of the ocean and pit him against dangerous enemies in exotic destinations. But just as the winds propel his sails, passion drives his heart. Turning his ship toward the unknown, Tom Courtney will ultimately find his destiny - and lay the future for the Courtney family.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Couldn't stop listening!

    • By Amazon Customer on 26-09-18

    Regular price: £30.99

    • The Tiger's Prey

    • By: Wilbur Smith, Tom Harper
    • Narrated by: Mike Grady
    • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 163

    The Malabar coast is full of dangers: greedy tradesmen, fearless pirates, and men full of vengeance. But for a Courtney, the greatest danger might just be his own family.... Francis Courtney flees the comfort of his Devonshire estate when his stepfather's gambling debts leave him penniless and at risk. He sails to South Africa with revenge and fortune on his mind: his uncle Tom Courtney killed his father, and Francis intends to avenge his death and make his fortune in the process.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Rip roaring stuff

    • By Mr Bill Dunn on 04-10-17

    Regular price: £14.49

  • Book 17

    • Courtney's War

    • By: Wilbur Smith, David Churchill
    • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
    • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179

    Paris, 1939. Torn apart by war, Saffron Courtney and Gerhard von Meerbach are thousands of miles apart, both struggling for their lives. Gerhard - despite his objections to the Nazi regime - is fighting for the Fatherland, hoping to one day have the opportunity to rid Germany of Hitler and his cronies. But as his unit is thrown into the hellish attrition of the Battle of Stalingrad, he knows his chances of survival are dwindling by the day....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • My First Wilbur Smith . . . Not my last!

    • By Simon on 09-09-18

    Regular price: £22.99