The Sound of Thunder

  • by Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith
  • 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sean Courtney, the impulsive adventurer of When the Lion Feeds, returns from the wilderness 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.


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Customer Reviews

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Abridged version did not work

I made a mistake to buy a abridged version of the book and it took a while to realize that. I was stunned by the fast changes of the plot,
All the time thinking that the book had jumped forward by mistake (audio books do that all the time) or that this just is not best work from Wilbur. Luckily there was a reason. I will buy the real thing and enjoy the story.
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- Ari Torpo

Wilbur SMITH enhanced

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Wilbur SMITH is a writer who can take you from your armchair and place you in a hot steaming jungle, on a clipper in full sail running before a fine wind, in a world war 2 mosquito fighter plane racing against time to save a life, in a world of deadly terrorists or modern day human slavery. His books are loved by those who follow his real to life stories. Now you can turn off the lights, live those worlds with the excitement, the fear, THE SOUND OF THUNDER as Tim Pigott-Smith brings life from the words of a great Author. Wilbur SMITHAs you will have guessed I am a great follower of the Wilbur SMITH stories and I find Audible listening enhances his work, taking it to another level. If his other books are as good as this I would recommend all his work in your Audible Library.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I have read the story myself previously. To hear it in this manner adds another dimension to the enjoyment of reading and the excitement of the plot.

What does Tim Pigott-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The author presents his subject information in a manner which indicates personal knowledge and experience, a lot of research and an ability to take the normal and twist it creating a new view of an old story.Tim brings to life the personalities of the subjects in the book, their feelings and ideas. He also gives the feeling he has researched his subject, has a understanding of the cultures and langages involved. Using this knowledge combined with his reading skills he adds to the life of the story, mysteries, romances, violence and every day life, he makes it real.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The occasional break/repeating of the narrator's words, not by him, electronic faults of a minor manner but enough to break a mood, feeling, interest in the subject. His voice is good for this type of story, a little boring when action slows but boosts your pulse when all cannons are firing.I could not listen to it all in one sitting, mainly because the story is so long. I tend to read to a time that is enjoyable and listening is the same. The name of the game is enjoyment, this is my way. Every-one is different !!!!!!

Any additional comments?

Yes - another Wilbur SMITH book please.

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- peter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-01-2007
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.