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Publisher's 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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Was very good book

I enjoyed this book thoroughly
It is a very good story
The narrator can make or break a book and this narrator deserves five stars as well.
I will certainly be searching for books narrated by Sean.

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A Wild Ride and an Excellent Story

I'm not usually surprised while reading books. Usually I can see the plot coming a mile away, and I'm never surprised as the plot unfolds. This book surprised me throughout, and things happen so quickly it takes you a minute to absorb what just happened. Fantastic book, excellent characters, really made you feel all of the emotions!

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  • SAM
  • 2019-04-03

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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  • Phillip Kuyler
  • 2019-09-14

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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  • Gary Adler
  • 2019-05-06

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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  • Michele Haines
  • 2019-12-12

WONDERFUL

If you haven’t read Wilbur Smith YOU NEED TO! I am so sad because I have now finished all of his series along with all but one of his novels. I’m saving that for an up coming road trip with my husband.
Mr. Smiths writing style is so very extraordinary, vivid, alive, I feel like I am a character in one of his stories his novels are so easy to melt into. I feel as though I can, smell the air, taste the salt of the sea, feel the stinging heat of the desert, touch the minerals and rocks, hike through the jungles, go on Safari, feel the splashing rain, smell the mineral iron smell of blood, ride a horse....I JUST DO NOT KNOW HOW TO EXPRESS HOW FABULOUS THESE NOVELS & SERIES ARE!
***THANK YOU Wilber Smith for sharing your stories with the world, I for one am richer for it.

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  • Loren
  • 2020-04-21

This is a difficult book to rate.

It’s hard to score this book. On one hand it is masterfully written and read with perfection. On the other hand it is a miserable story about a miserable family. I intended to give up on this book several times as the story descended farther and farther into misery, but it was so well done that I stuck with it to the end.

I listen to books for entertainment, or sometimes for an education, but I’m not interested in stories about how bad someone’s life is or about the bad decisions that person makes along the way. Not only did this book seem to move from one tragedy to the next, but it ended on a really pessimistic note. I say it ended, but actually the story just stopped; it didn’t really have an ending. I have no desire to listen to the next two books in this series which I intend to return, let alone the other 15 beyond those.

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  • Angela Ruddock
  • 2021-05-28

Amazing book and narrator

I have read and love all of Wilbur Smith’s books and Sean Barrett makes them even more enjoyable to listen to. Highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-15

Happy to have read my first Wilbur Smith book.

A very complex and craftily written story from start to finish. It was interesting to listen to the anecdotal and historical accounts of daily life in the familiar places to me, mentioned about my country. Some very tragic scenes though, hope life gets easier for Sean Courtney. Brilliant narrator too. 5 stars *****.

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  • J. Kronen
  • 2021-04-13

Great adventure and searing human drama

Really great read, can't wait to start book 2 in the Courteney series. Fortunately there was relatively little elephant hunting in these pages, easily speeded through. Wilbur Smith is tremendously talented, ranging from manly high adventure to tragic poetic passages. Don't be surprised if you get choked up a few times.

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  • Gareth
  • 2021-04-04

Reminds me of Rhodesia

Make you think of ‘under a raging sky’ Daniel carney! Both excellent authors of Africa.

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  • Adam
  • 2021-03-18

Incredible

What a great book I would recommend this to anyone. A must read for sure.