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On Leopard Rock

A Life of Adventures
Written by: Wilbur Smith
Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Wilbur Smith has lived an incredible life of adventure, and now he shares the extraordinary true stories that have inspired his fiction. 

From being attacked by lions to close encounters with deadly reef sharks, from getting lost in the African bush without water to crawling the precarious tunnels of gold mines, from marlin fishing with Lee Marvin to near death from crash-landing a Cessna airplane, from brutal school days to redemption through writing and falling in love, Wilbur Smith tells us the intimate stories of his life that have been the raw material for his fiction. Always candid, sometimes hilarious, and never less than thrillingly entertaining, On Leopard Rock is testament to a writer whose life is as rich and eventful as his novels are enthralling.

©2018 Wilbur Smith (P)2018 Bonnier

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  • Michele Haines
  • 12-12-19

This Gives You a Look Into Wilbur Smiths Life

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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  • Sean
  • 16-07-19

Wilbur Smith is Raconteur Royalty

Having read my first Wilbur Smith novel when I was a mere 17 years of age, I quickly realized that within those pages, I would forever find the adventures, action, tragedies, triumphs, beauty, brutality and life lessons that every literary voyeur wishes to dive into deeply and often!

Birds of Prey was to be that diving board that would send me splashing into a deep pool of Smith’s world of many magnificent tales.

Being South African myself, I instantly understood his deep love of and respect for the African continent with all of its splendor and squalor. All of which he captures so seemingly without effort, however, always with expertly crafted plots and twists, meticulously researched historical factuality and just a hint of boyish roguishness.

I will always find his books irresistible and have reread some of these tomes several times over without it losing any of the sparkle that so endeared me to them all those years ago.

On Leopard Rock is an honest, sober, insightful and utterly entertaining glance into the author’s extraordinary life. His passion for exploration and adoration of nature, his insatiable wanderlust, the love and respect for his family and friends is captured sincerely within these pages.


Most of the questions I have often wondered about have been instantaneously answered whilst gaining insights about aspects of his stories I have not even thought about yet!

A joyous experience from one of the world’s most gifted storytellers.

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  • JDD
  • 28-05-19

The fantastic life of my favoritevauthor

Without a doubt, Wilbur Smithers is my favorite writer, and this autobiography is a pleasure to read and hear. As in all of his books, it contains vivid descriptions of life events important to Smirg as well as places and doings import to me.

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  • Jimmy Pollard
  • 03-05-19

a wonderful book thank you Wilbur

a book to help us understand our favorite author's life and struggles to achieve his goals

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  • Jerry Miller
  • 15-11-18

You better be a real Wilbur Smith fan!

Had I not been a real Wilbur Smith fan, I would have not made it 1/4 through this. But, ere I am and found it most informative. I especially commend his late part description of what it takes to be and the sufferings of a writer. For those who have never read a Wilbur Smith novel, my condolences. If you are still breathing, it is not too late. But, give yourself time to read all of them. If you have to pick and choose, start with the Courtney volumes. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Rob Duke
  • 17-09-18

Fascinating and Enlightening!

Wilbur's writing depicts his intensive and thorough research - an eye-opener. His words bring the dust, the heat and the smells alive.

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  • Frank Honack
  • 16-09-18

I will always be a fan of Wilbur Smith his stories

I am such a fan of Wilbur Smith I think I've read everything that he's written her published

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  • Cal777
  • 18-07-18

Fantastic.........

5 out 5 Really enjoyed listening to how all the carictors came about,form this wonderful story teller.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-09-18

"What a Life"

VERY GOOD.... as only Wilbur does. It brought back so many memories as I too grew up in Zimbabwe.

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  • Nigel Bentley
  • 25-09-18

Learning the Story Behind all those Books

Totally enjoyed this autobiography, and especially Saul's reading performance of it. Immersion in the sights, sounds and experiences of Southern Africa. From boyhood, to manhood and along the way explpring the writer's journey

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  • Peter
  • 20-09-18

Very interesting

A nice book about Wilbur Smith and where he came from and how he got the inspiration for his stories. Well written and well read.

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  • geoff
  • 28-06-18

wonderful storyteller

A really good insight to a wonderful life of writing and story telling. Great life

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  • stevehsnr
  • 31-05-18

Autibiography

I didn’t realise when I bought this audiobook that it was Smiths autobiography and I was a little disappointed when I realised it was. However,I persevered with it and was so glad I did. What an interesting life and,of course, Wilbur Smith’s beautiful prose.

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  • rozithepirate
  • 22-05-18

Actually I give it 6 stars!

An amazing read. Long awaited life story of the wonderful Wilbur Smith. I can honestly say it was as good as it gets. What a wonderful life story. Please can we have another installment.

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  • Dad 1947
  • 03-07-19

Thought it was Wilbur but it's not<br />Struggled with<br />

Not my cup of tea, disappointed, always loved Wilbur Smith
Shall not bother again thanks

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  • Paul J.
  • 02-10-18

I didn't get far

More to do with my abhorence of hunting, than the story being poor. I only listened to maybe 5 minues of this book, on his first gun, first kill, killing a buffalo to entice and kill a lion (only a male mind you), I stopped at that point. Personally, I think the description of the book should have had a warning.

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  • Mr Tim James Dettmar
  • 21-10-18

Vaguely interesting. Some dated views on hunting

When I listen to an autobiography I expect to be amused, intrigued, fascinated and/or inspired. I didn't feel any of the above from listening to this book. There were some mildly interesting anecdotes, but ultimately I feel a combination of bored and disgusted. Wilbur's views on hunting are dated and bizarre. Along the lines of "we need to kill elephants to protect them". I'm not inspired to read any of his works, in fact I'm going to get rid of that copy of Elephant Song that I've been meaning to read for years.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-11-18

Great story

A genuine adventurer offering an insight into his life.
One of the worlds best authors gives insight into how his stories came about.

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