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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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Fantastic.........

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

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"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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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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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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wonderful storyteller

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

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excellent 👍

One of the best books I have read and I'm looking forward to reading more if his books

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At last...

At last notated by someone that can pronounce all the words especially the African ones...

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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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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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Life story of an amazing man

I have only read 4 books in my whole life
I am 71 years old and got into audio books about 8 years ago as it reminded me of the times when I was very young and listened to hour long plays on the radio while having a long bath after work.
I only listen to audio books when I am on holiday and have listened to more than 30 audio books and a lot of them have been by Wilbur Smith and I will be reading a lot more in the future.

I just love the adventure’s that he takes you on and after reading this book I began to understand the writer.
In my mind I always saw Wilbur as a bit of a wimpy guy as writing does appear to me to be very macho profession but after reading this wonderful life story I realise how wrong I was.
This book is almost as good as one of his novels.
I enjoyed hearing about his adventures and how he related them to when he wrote certain books and all about his characters.
If you are into peoples life stories this is one of the best.
I really enjoyed reading this and would recommend it highly.

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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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  • Damian
  • 07-01-22

What a gem!

Not only as an autobiography of a life well lived, but as an example of what can be done when one is determined to see dreams come true. In addition, by sharing his story, Mr. Smith has provided an incredible encouragement to all readers who aspire to publish their own book (and amongst all bibliophiles, who doesn’t?) If you have ever enjoyed a Wilbur Smith novel, this is an excellent and enervating blueprint of the author! Thank you, Mr. Smith!

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  • Stephanie Levy
  • 24-12-21

Stephanie Levy - Highland Park Illinois USA

It’s rare that you finish a book and want to begin it again to savor every word a second time. I wish Wilbur Smith was alive so I could tell him how much this book meant to me. Most especially since President FD de Klerk has just passed away a couple months ago. WS description of the magnificence of Nelson Mandela was truly well done. The world is poorer for Madiba’s passing, but richer for his undeniable brilliant example of “once in a lifetime” African statesmanship. This book is a masterpiece.

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  • Rusty Korhonen
  • 10-06-22

The Pinnacle of a Monumental Career

I’ve loved Wilbur Smith for many years. I loved this memoir and thoroughly enjoyed his trip through his lifetime. I am an aspiring writer and the last chapter has some sage advice that I already take to heart. If you’re a Wilbur Smith fan, I dare to say you will love this book.

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  • TXSohei
  • 28-05-22

Light and enjoyable.

A point of view reflective of the author’s experiences and the time in which he lived. Despite that there is some wisdom amongst the very colorful storytelling and somewhat privileged perspective.

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  • James Rice
  • 10-01-22

Disappointing

After several hours of listening, it became too much to constantly hear Wilbur Smith profusely complementing himself on his literary accomplishments. There are moments where the story is compelling and interesting, only to be broken by the author’s insistence on reminding the listener of his greatness. In the end, I could not finish this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-10-21

Wilbur Smith the legend

Only after finishing this excellent auto biography do you truely understand this incredible writer

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  • Thomas Frederick Mills
  • 10-09-21

A great author who tells tremendous Stories

I'm an author myself ,WILBUR SMITH Helped me two See how he became a World class writer and made me want to keep trying to get my book.. BUSTED WHEELIN 'N DEALIN' Read or heard around the world

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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.