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The Sound of Thunder: Courtney, Book 2 Audio Download – Abridged

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  • Listening Length: 6 hours and 4 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Abridged
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 May 2007
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SPX78M
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Still new to Wilber Smith and enjoying his work enormously. If adventure is your thing then look no further than this guy. In his second novel we pick up a few years after where we left of in 'When the lion feeds' following spontaneous adventurer Sean Courtney. War is rife is South Africa and we travel with Sean into the Boer war. But soon we learn that a far more bitter battle lies ahead for our hero. A deep family hatred is there for all too see. The way Smith draws you into the story is something special, and you find it hard to put the book down. When something happens to the characters involved, you find yourself taking the punches as they take them. The way the book describes the African topology and climate will create a desire to explore the country yourself. It is easy to see why Smith is so highly rated. He is quite a brilliant writer. Emotional and heart-warming, a fantastic sequel, not to be ignored!
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By Dave TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Sept. 2014
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Despite not being in chronological order Wilbur Smith recommends that the books are read in the order that they were written and so the books When the Lion Feeds (1964), The Sound of Thunder(1966) and A Sparrow Falls(1977) are the first 3 books in the first series of some of the Courtney family ranging from about the 1870's to 1970's. I do think that to get maximum pleasure these 3 books need to be read as a trilogy.

In this second book, The sound of Thunder, our hero Sean Courtney has finished fighting the Zulus and is now looking for somebody else to fight so he fights on the side of the British against the Boers even if some of the "enemy" are his fellow citizens.

Sean is eventually given his own command and comes to respect some of the Boers he has been fighting against and together they are instrumental in starting the process of forming South Africa.

Eventually Sean meets the love of his life and all he wants is to live in peace with his family but circumstances do not allow that and so more hatred and violence ensue because although the war may be over Sean is still beset with troubles mainly from his twin Garrick who has resented Sean all his life but now hates him with a vengeance and sets out to destroy Sean.

Another cracking read from Wilbur Smith in this second book of the Courtney's.
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Well, the action certainly continues from where it was temporarily left at the end of the first book!

The author has skilfully woven a thrilling tale where every high and low experienced by the characters feels almost like a personal achievement or loss.

Deeply engrossing, you will soon find yourself cut off from the real world and majestically transported back in time to Southern Africa at the time of the Boer War. Putting this book down is a major irritation and inconvenience and I had to force myself to put it down on one occasion when the early hours of the new day were flying by!

War, romance, hunting, fighting, gambling, farming, politics; small threads which are interwoven yet help contribute towards this epic masterpiece.

If you enjoyed the first, you'll love this book.

If you haven't read any of Wilbur's books before, buy `When the Lion Feeds' you certainly won't regret it!
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Wonderful follow-up from 'When The Lion Feeds'. I didn't think the 2nd book in the trilogy of the Courtneys could be anywhere near as good, but I thought it was really a super read - time flies by with these books
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What a disappointment!! I had great expectations for this second instalment of the Courtney brothers saga but more than 50% of the book is just detailed descriptions of the various battles between the English and the Boers, then there's more descriptions of hunting and horse racing (all skipped... yawn, yawn...). It's as if the author is just filling in pages to stretch the book and placate his editor. I quite liked both the characters of Sean and Garry but in this book they become total idiots, for lack of a better word that wouldn't be allowed here anyway, especially Sean... even taking into account that he is a 19th century man I can no longer stomach his attitude towards women and his double standards, and his son Dirk. He wonders where he went wrong with Dirk, maybe being raised in the bushveld by only his father and a dozen Zulus for the first 10 years or so of his life, and being beaten by his dad with some sort of whip had something to do with it... In a nutshell, Dirk is a vile, twisted person and Sean is not much better himself. The book has too many unpleasant characters for me to care about what happens to any of them. I won't be wasting money on the final book of this trilogy!
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If you don't read Wilbur Smith it's about time you started... There are many books to read from over the years - just read them... start at when the lion feeds then the sound of thunder and after this a sparrow falls and move on from there ... This is the Courtney trilogy with more novels on this family to follow. Pictures in the mind, a great set of stories from which you will also learn a lot about South Africa ... Read on... There are so many good books to read..
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I had only just finished the 1st book in the series, when the lion feeds, and just had to find out what happened next. Wow....this book draws you in and you live alongside these wonderful, larger than life characters. Another epic? Yes
Predictable? At times. Could I put it down? Only when I fell asleep.......and I put that off as long as possible. Utterly riveting and so well written that you feel the heat from the African sun and smell the elephant carcasses rotting. Can't recomend enough and I have already started the last in the series A Sparrow Falls.....will be equally dissapointed and relieved when I finish it.
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