When the Lion Feeds : Courtney

  • by Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • Series: Courtney
  • 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

’François, how many men up at the face?' 'Cave-in.' François's voice was now hysterically shrill. 'Cave-in.' He broke Sean's grip and raced away towards the lift station, the mud flying from his gumboots. His terror infected Sean and he ran a dozen paces after François before he stopped himself. For precious seconds he wavered with fear slithering round like a reptile in his stomach; go back to call the others and perhaps die with them or follow François and live.
Into the wilds of Natal in the 1870s are born Sean and Garrick Courtney, the twin brothers who could not be more different. 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 its horizon is the promise of fortune, adventure, destiny and love.


What the Critics Say

“Wilbur Smith is one of those benchmarks against whom others are compared” (The Times)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Absolutely brilliant

If you could sum up When the Lion Feeds in three words, what would they be?

Amazing, Gripping, emotional

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sean: You see him develop from a mischievious boy into a noble man. You get pulled into his hardship and really drawn into his character.

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

I thought his accents were great. He really portraid the characters Sean and Duff

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had a very emotional attachment to the book an characters. Growing up in South Africa and visiting my Grandad's farm, this book really hit home.

Sean and Duff make a great pair and was good to listen about their solid friendship. The banter between them made me laugh on a few occasions. However, Sean's life is not an easy one and the book gets extremely sad at times.

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- N. Harrison


Where does When the Lion Feeds rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top third

Any additional comments?

I started with 'Those in Peril' by Wilbur Smith and enjoyed it so much I searched for other Wilbur Smith unabridged titles to try. When Lions Feed and Sound of Thunder are a joined story about Sean Courtney. These were every bit as good - akin to the detailed and eventful stories of Ken Follet. It does help if you have visited or lived in South Africa, but I was very impressed!

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- K. Donaldson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-03-2013
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd