I can't say enough good things about this series - I'm completely enthralled in the history, the story and the absolutely amazing writing - all from a person that didn't start until mid-fifties! I don't want to put the book(s) down and so far - as soon as I've finished one I'm ready to jump into the next, well... more than ready, which for me, after listening to such a long book using the same narrator I'm usually a little burnt out and ready to have a different voice in my head :) - Not this time, it's all so perfectly done and I'm loving it. Also, I find it interesting how the author has woven in some hints on characters from other's work from this time period in history - it's been fun and I'm ready for 3 to finish downloading to my Android. NOW!!! Hurry up please and thank you.
I am waiting patiently for the best book on earth!!
The constant contrast of good and evil, weak and strong, love and hate and how the good will prevail is so thought provoking!
The crazy things that they had to go through and where it brought them.
MaryBell. Sperm whale Sally.
Just listen to it. You will like it.
I enjoyed the book, great writer and story. But, I am a sucker for a happy ending... because, this is FICTION! Plenty of unhappy things in every day life. So, the last couple of chapters are my only reason for 4 instead of 5 stars.
Avid reader through college now with no time to read. Audiobooks saved my life!
I love this series. I really do. Despite some issues I have with the writing, in the end (and really beginning with this installment) they don't do anything to affect how much I enjoyed these books.
Tommo and Hawk is a tad jarring at the start because unlike the first book, the Potato Factory, this book is first person, switching between the two main characters Tommo and Hawk. Initially I was struggling with this because I simply didn't like one of the characters but that changed as the book went on.
Obviously as the 2nd book in a linear series, you are going to read this if you read the Potato Factory but know that after listening to all but the last 1/4 of the third book, Tommo and Hawk is the best of the 3 books but not by much since they're all fantastic.
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!
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
The more I read Bryce Courtenay's books, the more I learn, and the more I LIKE learning . . . From England to Austrailia to New Zealand . . . I'm not so good at a strict dose of history . . . but OMG, this is so NOT THAT. This second book about the two twins, one black and one white, born to whore in the port that whalers frequented, and then claimed by an unlikely pair, Ikey Solomon and Mary Abacus, is a remarkable tale of the love between two brothers. And so much more . . . I can't wait to listen to the last book in the trilogy . . . a few more day until my next credit!!!
The first of this series, Potato Factory was fantastic as well as the second story here Tommo and Hawk. Although the final story, "Solomon's Song" does a great job illustrating the stupidity and horror of war despite the glorious courage shown by most - the ending was disappointing after such an investment with all the books.
Absolutely! A fantastic story which could be listened to over and over again.
A very talented man. Humphrey is a pleasure to listen to.
An enjoyable continuation of book 1, can't wait to complete the story with book 3 Solomn's Song.
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I do not know, but the audio edition was great.
The trilogy of these books is as good as some books read. I enjoyed the Pillars of the earth. Both books gave you history customs, habits, and practices common in the social groups. These were powerful stories and stories with judgments, prejudices with acceptable, normal and deviant perceptions.There was much exploitation and greed that seems to be the same culture in this modern day society.
The author seems to make the setting natural. He explains the culture and nature of the era.He permits variety in scenes, Reading the store makes you connect with the characters. and conditions
Bastards On Different Paths
i continue to look for any books written by this author