Story was too fantastic to be remotely believable... This unfortunately hurt my capacity to enjoy it. Main character was a super hero that could excel in everything and did.
Repetition of some phrases was curious and a bit odd. Every chapter seemed to be a separate essay and required repeating of some phrases and sentences which were very clear from the beginning.
Good bits of humour to break it all up and keep it up lifting at some points. Sex scenes were hilarious to listen to but the way they were written was as a young teenager...
The performance of Humphrey was good as the previous book... However the characters showed less unique differences as before. There was the English government worker, low class Australian woman, Irish worker... I know its difficult to find unique features for each character but sometimes it was hard to tell people apart.
Good read just wish they had better luck through out their journey. Maggie pie should not died.
"Excellent story, incredible narration. Easily one of the most enjoyable reads on Audible in a number of years. Well worth it."
Probably the best narrator in the business you will not be sorry with this selection, full of amazing stories and likeable foes as well as some truly horrific ones. The history is great and I can not wait for the next instalment. Do not miss book one "The Potato Factory"
I love Mr. Courtenay's books, and H.Bower is amazing. This is a good story... But not my favorite. Enjoyable but sadly predictable. Sometimes, the mongrels don't have to win...
Bryce Courtney is a great storyteller and entertaining writer. His books could be up there with some of the "Greats" but he gets down into the details of the social gutter too much at times to appeal to a wider audience. A little more discretion on the social/human dark side would allow me to recommend this to a lot more people.
I will listen again since it's in my library. If one reads The Potato Factory first, then Tommo & Hawk makes more sense. I didn't know what order they were in.
Don't just drops the reader at the end wondering why they spent the time reading a good/great story & then conclude it with little care for the readers state of mind.
It doesn't measure up to The Potato Factory or Power of One. Courtney leaves one wondering in Power of One. I hoped to get a satisfactory story in sequel Tandia - but hero is killed off. Why do authors kill off their characters so easily. Readers have invested a great deal of time & emotions to read the books. Life is hard enough, we should have some conclusion that makes escaping into a book feel worthwhile.
Listened over 2 days time
In general this author should work as diligently on the ending as throughout the entire book. Courtney makes us think all of Australia is made up of corrupt people. I don't need such graphic language & sexual scenes, that makes me turn off the book when family is around.
I love the characters and the story, but Tommo and Hawk fell short of Potato Factory. I thought the sex was gratuitous in this book. The narration is magnificent. I'm on to the next book in the series.