Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
I felt driven to find out what happens to Tommo and Hawk after 1st book. But this book didn't have the grace of the first. Sex becomes more graphic and language more difficult to endure. The plot seemed contrived as if the boys are dragged by the author to be in each spot where something historical happened in that part of the world and I just didn't enjoy it nearly as much. It is just easier to know that the boys come home and forget reading this one. You will be treated to another cliff hanging ender... and just feel the need to buy the 3rd which is the least sastifying of the three.
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
After listening to the Potato Factory, Tommo and Hawk were a natural next move and had it not been brought to life by the extra ordinary Humphrey Bower, it would have been a typical follow up book. It had the hallmarks of a Publisher 'pushing for the next great work' and while it is still rich, it lacks the subtlety of the Potato Factory. Now PF is about as subtle as a hammer in that it is so visually powerful but Tommo and Hawk boarders on the highly improbable which was not true of Potato.
I noted, before I listened, that some listeners were upset about the graphic description of sex which I thought was nonsense. However, there is some truth in their observation. The move into manhood I understand but the rest, well it was more or less unnecessary unless you needed a lesson in sex. Less is often more and these parts were labored.
Still on to the next Courtney, if the richness returns I will return with a passion but if there is that hint of Publisher Pressure, that sense of writing to a deadline, well he might have just lost me. I hope not.
Maybe it was the "dark" way the story started but it set me back in terms of relaxing and enjoying another magic moment with Humphrey Bower.
I finished Bryce Courtenay's 1st book in this series quickly - I was blown away ... I have just spent the last two days listening to Tommo & Hawk, book 2 in the Australian Trilogy - I have been thoroughly captured by this series ... my only critique is that it was just a little slow in the middle ... I'm sitting here stunned how this book ended while I wait for the 3rd book, Solomon's Song, to download - thank goodness for high speed download ... Humphrey Bower knocked the narration out of the ballpark again - he brings the characters to life for the listener ... well, book 3 has finally downloaded so I need to run to get it on my iPod so I can see where Mr. Courtenay will take us on the final leg of this Australian adventure ... holy cow what a good series!
If you are like me you craved to know what happened next. Potato Factory was truly great, if you want to know what happens to the characters next, my advise is to imagine. The next chapter fails to surprise or excite.
I didn't enjoy T & H nearly as much as I did the Potato Factory. Too much gratuitous violence for my taste (were the whale ship lashings really necessary?) and a number of characters from volume 1 of the series either drop out of sight for no reason or else get recycled. Found myself irritated and somewhat offended that with few exceptions, the women in this series are all prostitutes, either current or former. Maybe that was the reality of this time and place, I don't know. Even so, there was no need to pepper the dialogue with comments like "she is only a whore," "all women are whores" etc. Ugh.
I'm a professional painter and love ennobling, enlightening literature
I loved The Potato Factory and The Power of One, both by Courtenay
none, since murder and mayhem do not appeal to me
This is a man's book. If you love the filth and violence of whale boats, graphic violence, highly descriptive sex, and endless repetition, then you've found your book. If you have delicate sensitivities, steer your ship to safer harbors.
I listen to books as I work. It's a beautiful life.
I really like Bryce Courtney. My favorite of his books are The Power of One & Four Fires. However, I have not been very impressed with The Australian Trilogy. I read the first book, The Potato Factory, and I found it fairly dull and the book lost my interest several times and I had to stop and then start again. The ending was interesting however, so I decided to try book 2, Tommo & Hawk. That's where Bryce Courtney lost me. I won't be trying book 3. I was so bored with the general storyline of Tommo & Hawk. I think he had a fairly good idea for a trilogy but not enough matterial to keep the story moving. Very slow...very boring.
Roughly in the lower-middle.
More Mary Abacus.
TMI-don't wanna give spoilers.
Not the best sequel you'll ever see.
Other reviewers complained about too much sex. Honestly, considering that the two main characters are young adult men, there weren't very many sex scenes.
The narrarator was great.
The narrator really made this book - great job! The story was average, but had good characters and some very interesting parts. Overall a good read.