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
This was the best of the series. All though I loved the whole lot Tommo and Hawk were incredible. Of coarse without Whale Boat they would not be possible. She was such an amazing character in the Potato Factory that I kept her with me through Tommo and Hawk.
I was sorry to have to read the end of this powerful trilogy. Some times you read a book and a week later the story is gone from your mind and some are indelible and leave the ghost to stay with you for all times. This was one of those books you never forget and always want to read again.
Tommo and Hawk starts with the return of Tommo and ends with the departure of Tommo. In between is the description of the unlikely twins' coming of age and finding themselves.
As usual, Bryce Courtenay has written a gripping epic novel which is masterfully researched. The description of whaling is brought to life and is utterly gripping and gruesome.
I was a little afraid that the story of joining the Maori and fighting in New Zealand might become too political and preachy, but as usual, Bryce Courtenay handles things deftly. And as always he sets up scenarios and characters which recur later in the series.
Getting reacquainted with Billy Lanney was a nice surprise, for example. Getting reacquainted with Sparrow Fart was not such a nice surprise.
This middle book chronicles a roughly four-year period when the twins leave Mary and become whalers and then join the Maori before returning to Australia. Back in Australia, Hawk meets a courtesan named Maggie Pye and falls in love with her. Tommo unfortunately falls victim to the opium pipe and the clutches of the nefarious Sparrow Fart. In a sense, Hawk grows in this book while Tommo withers. Unfortunately, Tommo is so haunted by his time in the wilds when he was kidnapped as a boy that he cannot escape his demons.
Toward the end it finally appeared as though things were going to go well for Mary, Tommo, Hawk and Maggie Pye. But as always, fortune has other plans in store.a
The book again has a Dickensian flavour, although not in the same way as the Potato Factory. But the ending of the book has the flavour of A Tale of Two Cities, and the sacrifice made by Sydney Carton is similar to that made by Tommo.
Tommo and Hawk is lush and well-written and full of derring-do and acts of heroism. Life in Australia at the gold mining camps is brought to life in all its seedy realism. This is another book with gritty descriptions of the life and times in the early colonization of Australia.
As always, Humphrey Bower brilliantly narrates the story. His ability as a narrator is I think unparalleled. Bower is an absolute genius.
I don't understand the negative reviews of this book. I read and listen to a lot of books, and I would put the Australian trilogy at or near the top of my listening list. I often get antsy toward the middle and end of an audiobook, wishing for the end, but that is never the case with any of these books. I have now finished the entire series, and it still resonates. I think I might pick it back up and start again with the Potato Factory.
I was saddened to hear of Bryce Courtenay's passing in November. Now I have to go and get more of his works.
Tommo and Hawk does not suffer from the sophomore curse. Nor does it contain excessive or overly graphic content. Whatever graphic content is in the book is necessary to the story. The description of whaling and life aboard a whaling ship is probably more graphic than anything even remotely sexual in the books. Courtenay does not shy away from descriptions of floggings and brutal treatment at the hands of men (and nature). But it all adds to the story and is well done.
This is definitely worth 5 stars in every category and well worth the credit. It would even be worth paying for at full list price.
only in this series
narrator was actually pretty good but what he had to say was too disgusting to listen to most of the time. kept fast forwarding to find something reedeming about the book. his accents, especially Ikey(Fagan) was Ron Moody perfect.