Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
I had a few issues with The Potato Factory, but it was a good story well told. I cannot say the same for this sequel. I found much of the book a little tedious because there is an abundance of narrative detail that doesn't really further the plot or character development. And, since the entire book is told first person in the voices of Tommo and Hawk, some of the long high-flown descriptions sound odd in the voice of someone relating a story - people don't give you every detail about the sun in the sky and every green thing growing on a mountain when telling a story. In addition, I didn't relate to these characters at all, I didn't have much sense of historical perspective from the novel, and I hated the ending. Humphrey Bower once again did a wonderful job of narration - easily switching between the voices and dialects of Tommo and Hawk - although his reading of the women characters' dialog is not as good as the men.
One bone to pick with Bryce Courtenay that isn't terribly relevant to whether or not the book works, but just bugged me. What was up with the American Quaker whaling caption??? With the Quakers having been instrumental in both the British and American abolitionist movements and since Quakers do not have a prohibition on alcohol, why choose to make this sanctimonious, tee-totaling, racist, and violent character an American Quaker?
Like The Potato Factory, you must be prepared for a fair amount of graphic violence (including sexual violence), but unlike The Potato Factory, there's not a rollicking great story to make it worthwhile. I bought the whole trilogy in a package deal so I am hoping the 3rd book is better, but I would not recommend Tommo and Hawk if you haven't bought it already.
I love Mr. Courtenay's books, and H.Bower is amazing. This is a good story... But not my favorite. Enjoyable but sadly predictable. Sometimes, the mongrels don't have to win...
Bryce Courtney is a great storyteller and entertaining writer. His books could be up there with some of the "Greats" but he gets down into the details of the social gutter too much at times to appeal to a wider audience. A little more discretion on the social/human dark side would allow me to recommend this to a lot more people.
I will listen again since it's in my library. If one reads The Potato Factory first, then Tommo & Hawk makes more sense. I didn't know what order they were in.
Don't just drops the reader at the end wondering why they spent the time reading a good/great story & then conclude it with little care for the readers state of mind.
It doesn't measure up to The Potato Factory or Power of One. Courtney leaves one wondering in Power of One. I hoped to get a satisfactory story in sequel Tandia - but hero is killed off. Why do authors kill off their characters so easily. Readers have invested a great deal of time & emotions to read the books. Life is hard enough, we should have some conclusion that makes escaping into a book feel worthwhile.
Listened over 2 days time
In general this author should work as diligently on the ending as throughout the entire book. Courtney makes us think all of Australia is made up of corrupt people. I don't need such graphic language & sexual scenes, that makes me turn off the book when family is around.
I love the characters and the story, but Tommo and Hawk fell short of Potato Factory. I thought the sex was gratuitous in this book. The narration is magnificent. I'm on to the next book in the series.
loved this one even ore them the first!!
These twins are the best. They will steal your heart in a matter of a few pages..
Audibles Best Series
The ending made me cry!
Maggie Pie was my favorite character. I mean really, whats not to love? Anyone who can get away with wearing a Magpie bird on her head everyday in her hat is ok in my book. This girl kept me laughing!
Hawk is everything we strive to be. He would do the right thing even if no one was watching. Honest and kind to a fault this loving giant of a man would be someone I would like to call my friend. He will never let the "mongrels" win.
The story takes place in the 1800s I Australia. This is my favorite quote that shows how little has changed since then with regards to the rich and the poor. There are still what I call the Nobles and the Peasants. If you are not part of the wealthy 1% of today's society, then you are a peasant no matter what propaganda the two parties spin. We should not be arguing about gun control or abortion, but instead we should be coming together and focusing on the extreme economic divide that is our present circumstance.
Greed among the wealthy together with crime among the poor create such misery. In these societies too, little punishment is needed by the law where the powerful cheat the week and the threat of prison or the rope seems not to deter those who have practiced violence for gain. Alas I fear we shall never learn to live differently....it is so each man must have his turn against the fellow below him in the pecking order. Somewhere somehow there must be some better system of justice which does not depend on superstition, religion or the rule of law. For this last always favors the rich and powerful above the common herd. How this utopia might come about I cannot say, and who would help in this cause I do not know. As Ikey often said, "The poor be like mangy strays, who fights in the dust over a dry bone but cannot get together long enough to raid the butcher shop my dear. They may be relied to do as much to prevent an improvement to their circumstances as those who exploited their poverty and despair. " But perhaps Ikey could be proved wrong and some kind of brotherhood could be formed against those who exploit them.
Ahh, that would be a spoiler, but the horrors that befall Maggie Pie
Just as good, saying that I have only listened to him perform Bryce Cournteys work
Much the same as the most memorable moment was???