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.
Tell us about yourself! I LOVE TO READ AND BE IN THE KNOW. I LIKE TO TALK TO INTELLIGENT PEOPLE.
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
Shocking, gritty, and fabulous
Hawk, because of his no nonsense views of life and love. He is a romantic and a realist who believes that family comes first at all cost. He sees the good in all people, but if someone crosses a loved one, there will be hell to pay. Hawk realizes that family comes in the form of blood relatives and also in those who we meet in life who care and love us.
All of the characters are fabulous, but I like his interpretation of the female characters best.
Of course, it made me do both. But mostly cry at the hardships and difficulties of both Tommo and Hawk in their lives.
I would have given this book a 5 except for the section towards the middle about the Maori war that sort of dragged on and on with less story of Tommo and Hawk. I think this is where Courtenay was "historical" part in the historical fiction classification.
I have not read any of the books in print.
There are no comparisons for a Bryce Courtenay book except perhaps other Courtenay books.
It would be easier to tell you what I didn't like: nothing! Bower should be required listening for all narrators.
If I hadn't required some sleep, it would have been a one-sitting book.
This was my third Bryce Courtenay book and it was as wonderful as the other two. Based on readers comments, I have not yet listened to the third part of this trilogy. Although I probably will at some future time, if I don't the first two books are still perfect. I can't recomment Courtenay enough.
I would recommend this book as I believe that Bryce Courtney has captured the attitudes, lifestyles and imagination of the people of this time.
There are so many memorable moments in this book, it's to hard to pin down one.
In everything I have heard him perform i have been really impressed. I would love to hear more of his reading.
I think I probably connected the most with Hawk. He's a caring and generous spirited person.
Potato Factory, the first book in the series, was excellent, so I was looking forward to the second and third books. But Tommo and Hawke became tedious in the long dialogues between the twins. He used the dialogue to explain the political situation in New Zealand, but it really dragged. And the story was less believable than Potato Factory, including the dialogues. After reading the reviews on Solomon's song, it appears the author strayed further from his excellent first book, and not in a good way. I am giving up on Tommo and Hawk and will just remember the author did write one excellent book. The narrator was excellent, and I will look for some more of his work.
Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.
So this is Book Two and I love Courtenay and very much enjoy Mr. Bower, so I listened, realizing this is Courtenay's masterpiece, the work of two decades, and based on Australian history. I chose to keep listening. I found the sex tastefully done and -- uh, normal and sweet, whether the first time for this person or the first time with this person! I relished the discussions of ethical behavior, Hawk's always reaching for a higher path in his behavior. Bower got Hawk's voice especially well. I also loved Mary, watching her settle into her job while giving herself a routine of wearing gloves and communing with the beautiful green parrots, setting a fine example as a businesswoman running and growing her own company.
Hawk's enjoyment of his friendship with Maggie Pie is delicious, as he comes to realize that she finds him as fascinating and wonderful as he finds her, whore or no.
I had all kinds of problems with the revenge killing, torture, dismemberment, etc. As the third wife of a Vietnam veteran, I listened to such material out of love, and the images are indelible. I was the first woman who cared to listen, and the sharing helped bring healing. I feel sure that the way some of these characters died must have been based on fact because Courtenay would never do all that to his favorite characters! This book has many parts that just have to be gotten through . . . unthinkably filthy and awful!
The Maori experience is like a bonus book, rich and eventful. For me this was just a first nibble at an enormous subject. Now I understand the little green plastic thingy my mother brought back from her travel, offering only fuzzy explanations of its significance! And I'd thought it was some kind of fashion statement generated by an airline!
Okay, all the prissy-pants in Texas, you've been warned! You can let Courtenay drag you through a rich and agonizing knot-hole of historical experience, or you can avoid the negative and never know what you missed!