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A war for a nation. The battle for her heart.
'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.
A grim homecoming finds his country in the cruel grip of war. But in the bloody days ahead, conflicts within his family will prove far more bitter than any fought on the veld...
This is the gripping second novel, in the Courtneys sequence.
©1966 Wilbur Smith (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
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By Jono Gregson on 11-06-17

Great story, great narration

Great story which I read many years ago. Very pleased to find it’s still a great story even though I’m a lot older and tastes change.
Especially delighted at the way the story was told. This is how a book should be narrated!!
Looking forward to the rest of the series.

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By Shelley on 04-01-15

Battling brothers

Lots of war and death in this novel but I enjoyed it nevertheless and have the next one downloaded even though it is abridged.

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By Stu on 05-28-14

Sean Courtenay - brilliant

Would you consider the audio edition of The Sound of Thunder to be better than the print version?

Yes, always better to listen, especially with a great narrator

What did you like best about this story?

Main character Sean is brilliant

What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Excellent vocal range, natural enough to draw you into the story

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

Little of both

Any additional comments?

This is a good story from a good author and features Sean Courtenay who's Smith's greatest creation, what's not to like? Ace narration too, a fantastic follow up to When the Lion feeds.

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By MR JAMES C FLEMING on 01-01-15

One if the best

Little bit of everything that Wilbur Smith can offer in his writing. I hope they make a movie some day!

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By Jill Austin on 05-17-15

You've brought it to life

I read the book when it was first realised and now you've brought it to life. Wonderful story telling. Audible has given me a new lease on life. All the stories I have read and loved presented again in such a wonderful and easy to use package. Wilbur Smith a truly great author. Thank you.

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By Hugh on 06-07-16

Arguably Wilbur Smith's Best book

This story continues the tale of Sean Courtney and his rise to greatness. The horror of the Boer War and the love / hate relationship with his younger brother Garrick Courtney. When I read the original book in the 1979's I couldn't put it down. The years that have passed have not diminished the quality of this excellent story. A big bonus. This story is unabridged!

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