Golden Lion

  • by Wilbur Smith, Giles Kristian
  • Narrated by Sean Barrett
  • 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
East African coast, 1670.
In a time of brave and brutal adventure, one man will journey across land and sea to pursue his greatest enemy....
The Golden Bough, captained by Henry ‘Hal’ Courtney, is running south from Ethiopia to Zanzibar. Below deck, both his crew and his lover, the fearless warrior Judith Nazet, sleep. As the moon glints through clouds, Hal sights a ship passing close by. Although there is an uneasy truce between the warring English and Dutch, Hal scents danger. When the Bough is boarded, the crew must go hand to hand to defend their ship and their lives.
But soon Hal will face even graver danger, as he discovers his mortal enemy still lives and is hell-bent on revenge. he must pursue his nemesis across desert savannah, through the seedy underbelly of Zanzibar’s slave markets and shark-infested waters, imperilling his own life at every turn. But it will take more than a slave’s shackles to hold Hal Courtney....
A thrilling blend of extraordinary drama and epic storytelling, Golden Lion sees Wilbur Smith return in triumphant form to the adventures of his beloved and bestselling Courtney family.


What the Critics Say

"Best historical novelist? I say Wilbur Smith." (Stephen King)
"No one does adventure quite like Smith." (Daily Mirror)


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What would have made Golden Lion better?

A less predictable plot and richer character development.

What could Wilbur Smith and Giles Kristian have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Is this really a Wilbur Smith novel? Who is Giles Kristian?

Would you be willing to try another one of Sean Barrett’s performances?

I'm not sure any narrator would have done much better, so, yes I'll try again.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

I found the story line flat and quite predictable and, unlike Smith's previous novels, particularly the Courtney series, Golden Lion's characters seem quite fuzzy and one-dimensional. Very disappointing. When will we get more of his older novels in unabridged audio?

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- Evan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-24-2015
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited