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This is book 2 in the Australian Trilogy. The characters are equally well drawn in both books 1 and 2; and the stories are both quite compelling. However, book 2 has an aura of darkness that isn't as pervasive in the first book.
I greatly appreciate Courtenay's ability to present themes of brutality and horror without sensationalizing the scenes. You quickly get the picture of what is happening, but the scenes aren't dragged on with unnecessary exploitation. That alone would make me a Coutenay fan -- however he has many other gifts as an author ... besides the fascinating characters, he also gives the reader an action packed story with just the right amount of contemplation. It's a rare gift when an author can get those two in the right balance.
Other reviewers seemed to be bothered by the sex scenes. To start with, there were only a few of "those" scenes, and to be perfectly honest I found them more boring than upsetting. Overall, this is a masterful story of family loyalty, fierce determination and survival. My comment re "rather dark" is based on the underlying sadness in the development of the story. However, I whole-heartedly recommend it.
Now, on to book 3 in this wonderful trilogy.
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.
It was really good. Gripping! I didn't want to stop listening
All I can compare it to is the first book in the series. It might be better.
As always, an outstanding performance.
Cant wait to hear the third in the series.
After listening to the Potato factory I could not wait to hear about Tommo and Hawk. So different and jet so much brotherly love and understanding. All what these twins go through on the sea and later on land with the people whom they shared unbelievable faith. Bryce Courteney is a first class storyteller and Humphrey Bower is a first class narrater.
Yes,Good story. GREAT reader.
The first in the series, The Potato Factory, was better. That book was one of the best ever. A 5/5
Still tis was a 4.5/5
The vehicle of changing 1st person narratives between brothers was creative, but annoying.
An unusual story during a difficult time in history for working people. setback after setback, hardship on top of human interaction at its worst and at its best.
Tommo was my "most interesting" because he had all of the human frailties and failings, but accepted the love of his brother and was just smart enough to allow Hawk to help him.
Tommo wanting to throw the spunge in to stop the fight and safe his brother from getting hurt more and Hawk not allowing it and ultimately winning their freedom
Stength always wins in the end.
So unusual of a story that I was afraid there would be a tragic ending. Not so. Wonderful experience to be entertained and to learn. Narrator is outstanding.
Courage, hope, redemption.
The pairing once more of Bryce Courtenay's epic storytelling with Humphrey Bower's amazing narration; and the knowledge that the third installment of this masterful trilogy was waiting to be listened to when I finished listening to this one.
I cannot pick just one!
Never, ever surrender.
I wish I could turn all Audible listeners on to this author and narrator.
This last book sometimes got a little lost in small details that made you wish it would hurry up but the narrator does such a wonderful job, you keep listening anyway.
After I listened to the first book, I felt myself relishing the thought of getting into the second. I tried to listen to something else inbetween but I just couldn't. The narration is perfect, brilliant would be a better description.
I listen to this book when I'm out walking my dog. She has received quite a bit of exercise as a result of this trilogy!
Although the material gets a little graphic at times, you just have to muddle through it. It is such an interesting piece of history and so skillfully written and beautifully narrated that a little blood and gore is a small price to pay for the experience.
Too much talking
Tommo talked too much
Hawk was a terrific guy....but maybe too good
This author can do much better