I feel like this is the book that Courtenay would have like to have written when he completed The Power Of One. It's a more polished story from a more experienced author, but with a little less heart. It's a good read and I definitely recommend it, but you will see a lot of parallels to The Power Of One...too many for my taste.
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.
Busy attorney and mom that likes to catch up on books while I commute.
Bryce Courtenay is a masterful storyteller, and there are great things within this novel, but it is a bit of a retread of the Power of One. Humphrey Bower's performance was very good, although he needs to work on his Irish accent. I'm not sure I would recommend this book over the power of one, but it is a good story of Justice.
Yet again, Bryce Courtenay writes an amazing, well written story. I enjoy the foundation of history henhanced by fiction. I highly recommend this book.
AN interesting insight into the history of the times in Africa. Makes us look at how hard life was for African people.
Tinker the dog.
Humphrey is a one man (and sometimes woman) cast. Incredibly smooth segues from one character to another.
Perhaps lacking in some of the raw energy of his earlier books, but still a large and moving story.
This was a good listen if you're a Courteney fan---and I became one with "The Power of One". If you listen to that one first, this one is not a sequel, but another effort along the same lines...entertaining information about SA during the time the author grew up there. An easy, presumably factual, history lesson...
Yes and I even started to, great story and awesome narration.
Favorite character was Tom and Mattress.
shed a little tear at the very end, but my favorite part of the book was in the beginning setting the stage and scenery.
yes laughed, cried. The narration was awesome, so good it's been hard to find another audiobook I enjoy. the narrator did the voices of the different people wonders.
This was a unique book in the way it was written. As Tom the main character was telling it back to you, and the style was that it was like an oral story told back to you because he would say oh and I forgot to tell you this happened, or you were probably wondering why I knew this. So listening on audio is probably better then reading. It really puts you in the time and place the book took place in. Highly recommend.
I really enjoyed this book. The second part seems almost unnecessary because the first half is almost enough of a story, with interesting elements of South African history told in a non-judgmental way. None the less it is a very enjoyable listen. I enjoy Humphrey Bower as narrator.
This was worth reading even if you read its twin brother the Power of One, has more comedy and also is better written, Power of One was BC's first so it was a bit rough.