I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
Since this book is so character driven, it felt less like historical fiction and more like plain old fiction set in another time. It's a bit of a swashbuckler with some unbelievable events. "The Potato Factory" was definitely the best of the bunch for me. After that, it's an enjoyable listen, but not much more than that.
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 like historical fiction, this series is as good as most, but not as good as Ken Follett's Century.
Reading these books males me ashamed of the white man's pursuit of Manifest Destiny.
Seit 1987 lebe ich in den USA, seit 12 Jahren in Virginia.Hoere deutsche Buecher um mit deutscher Literatur auf dem laufenden zu bleiben.
Fascinating story with historic background, great characters, excellent narration. Listened to it in three days. Highly recommend it.
Can't wait to see what happens next! Especially what happens to Tommo. I don’t want to say anything by saying more
Retired teacher and interpreter. I read classic and contemporary fiction, as well as Mystery/Suspense/Horror, Fantasy&Sci-fi.
This, the sequel to The Potato Factory, was just as fascinating. Well researched and vividly told, the history of Australia is brought to life in the story of two brothers, the adopted sons of Mary Abacus, as they continue the tale begun in London.
Really really good!