I can't say enough good things about this series - I'm completely enthralled in the history, the story and the absolutely amazing writing - all from a person that didn't start until mid-fifties! I don't want to put the book(s) down and so far - as soon as I've finished one I'm ready to jump into the next, well... more than ready, which for me, after listening to such a long book using the same narrator I'm usually a little burnt out and ready to have a different voice in my head :) - Not this time, it's all so perfectly done and I'm loving it. Also, I find it interesting how the author has woven in some hints on characters from other's work from this time period in history - it's been fun and I'm ready for 3 to finish downloading to my Android. NOW!!! Hurry up please and thank you.
I am waiting patiently for the best book on earth!!
The constant contrast of good and evil, weak and strong, love and hate and how the good will prevail is so thought provoking!
The crazy things that they had to go through and where it brought them.
MaryBell. Sperm whale Sally.
Just listen to it. You will like it.
I enjoyed the book, great writer and story. But, I am a sucker for a happy ending... because, this is FICTION! Plenty of unhappy things in every day life. So, the last couple of chapters are my only reason for 4 instead of 5 stars.
Avid reader through college now with no time to read. Audiobooks saved my life!
I love this series. I really do. Despite some issues I have with the writing, in the end (and really beginning with this installment) they don't do anything to affect how much I enjoyed these books.
Tommo and Hawk is a tad jarring at the start because unlike the first book, the Potato Factory, this book is first person, switching between the two main characters Tommo and Hawk. Initially I was struggling with this because I simply didn't like one of the characters but that changed as the book went on.
Obviously as the 2nd book in a linear series, you are going to read this if you read the Potato Factory but know that after listening to all but the last 1/4 of the third book, Tommo and Hawk is the best of the 3 books but not by much since they're all fantastic.
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.