I have read several of Bryce Courtenay's books and have enjoyed them all, and this one is no exception. Without telling you the story, it is a story about two twin brothers coming of age amidst great misfortune in their lives and of the powerful bond that siblings, especially twins, can have.
It was a very interesting read which kept me engaged the entire time, Bryce makes you care about these characters and want to know what happens next in their lives. The only thing that could be a negative for me is that I felt that the story ended a bit abruptly for my taste.
I must also mention Humphrey Bower, he was BORN to read Bryce Courtenay's books; so perfect and talented in every way.
David is my husband - I'm the one that actually picks out and listens to the books. ~ Anna
I really like Bryce Courtney. My favorite of his books are The Power of One & Four Fires. However, I have not been very impressed with The Australian Trilogy. I read the first book, The Potato Factory, and I found it fairly dull and the book lost my interest several times and I had to stop and then start again. The ending was interesting however, so I decided to try book 2, Tommo & Hawk. That's where Bryce Courtney lost me. I won't be trying book 3. I was so bored with the general storyline of Tommo & Hawk. I think he had a fairly good idea for a trilogy but not enough matterial to keep the story moving. Very slow...very boring.
Yes definately. Humphrey Bower really brings the story to life
Mary. She turned her life around completely. She's smart and controlling of every situation that crosses her path. Her whole life seems jinxed. She handles everything in style.
Humphrey Bower does all the characters well. Sparrow and Billy gone queer were exceptionaly well done.
Yes. That caused problems for me because I sat up most of the night two nights in a row trying to keep my eyes open.
I love to read every night before going to sleep. Bryce Courtenay's books are so heavy to hold while reading in bed. Audible books are a really great way to go. Humphrey Bower really brings them to life.
I am talking about Bryce and Humphrey (but I guess the same could be said about Tommo and Hawk). Love this one two punch bang bang combo. It's a knock out every time.
Roughly in the lower-middle.
More Mary Abacus.
TMI-don't wanna give spoilers.
Not the best sequel you'll ever see.
Other reviewers complained about too much sex. Honestly, considering that the two main characters are young adult men, there weren't very many sex scenes.
The narrarator was great.
I would listen to this again- the story was so unique- I loved the characters, loved the reader, loved to descriptions of Australia.
Hawk, no Tomo, no Hawk- I guess both
The potato factory was the best surprise I got this year. This book may not have been as good as the first in the series, but it is still an excellent book. The narration is perfect.
I look forward to listening to the next book in the series.
I love this narrator, Bryce Courtenay and these characters, I drive slower just so I can keep on listening. Although I think number two is more of a link than a stand alone story, I absolutely love these characters and couldn't wait to see what happened to them. You can not help learning something from this excellently researched series. Book two is lighter than book one and more predictable but equally as absorbing. Thanks Mr Courtenay and a big congratulations for the brilliant narration of Humphrey Bower.
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.
The characters are vibrant and full of depth.
There is a character that dies that you find yourself missing all the way through the third book of the trilogy.
Tommo. He is continually tormented by the mongrels, but he has a constant and continual internal battle with himself that drives the story line.
Yes, I did not cry, but numerous times I felt my heart sink as a could foresee the demise of some of the characters. In some cases it happened and in others it did not, but as mentioned before, one of the deaths was extremely sad.
This was definitely the most enjoyable of the trilogy, but all of the books are a great listen.