Yes, the narrator brings a wonderful new perspective just reading alone in your own head.
The characters are so wound and bound by their past, we learn about history as we retrace their journeys through life. From birth to death, spanning a generation in one lifetime, truly wonderful.
I loved the leading up to the adventure at Government House in Hobart. Then Gloria just happens to have the Harmonicas in her handbag and the scene that follows. This is one of the funniest of many in the whole book.
Jimmy is a very touching character and the numerous times he is there for the people he cares about moved me. Jimmy knew just what to say or to say nothing at all. I loved Jimmy Ol'Corn.
I listen on my drive to and from work five days a week and this story, I listened over the weekend as well! It is truly amazing and I thoroughly recommend it. I learned so much about our history and Tasmania as well, I have family from there and will visit a few sites next time I am there! Thank you Bryce Courtenay and Humphrey Bower for a truly fabulous listen!
Brother Fish is a richly interwoven tale, which has the capacity to make you squirm in one chapter and laugh outloud in others. The Characters are complex but believable. It is up in my top 10 Adio Books, out of 93.
James "Pentecostal" Allcorn - Jimmy
Humphrey Bower brought more than 30 hours of listening to life.
All of the above, and more.
I am loving all of Bryce's books. As a fellow adman I am jealous and appreciative of his command of storytelling. Nice mix of moral, interest and, of course, all the wonderful Aussie and S. African turns of phrase and expressions. Makes me feel dumbs a box of hair :)
Humphrey Bower is the new king of narrators.
He rivals and surpasses in some ways Scott Brick and John Lee.
Amazing with accents, characters and emphasis
The Courtenay books are the best I have listened to in years! And I have 2 accounts listening to about 5 a month while super commuting.
You will love
The Potato Factory
The Power of ONe--this is a kind of parallel story
All the fights
I love the breadth and scope of this extremely well-written story. It spans historical events, geographical landscapes, cultural differences, and highlights defining aspects of widely diverse human experiences, such as the dehumanizing experience of a POW, the importance of maintaining ones??? sense of humanity, and the life of a fisherman. Bryce Courtenay does a masterful job of crafting the characters??? personalities and their stories, in a way that results in the reader/listener loving the main characters for their spirit, their drive to survive, their mutual love and affection, their indomitable positive spirit, and their basic good humanity. Adding to the experience, they come alive through the audio palette of Humphrey Bower, who does a truly masterful job of adding to the believability of these characters, adding to the richness and depth of the tapestry of this wonderful story.
This was a great story, I felt like I was in Tazmania and Hong Kong. Humphrey Bower does a fantastic job at narration. This is the type of story that you just want to keep listening to. Well worth the credit. I would gladly buy it again.
I have listened to a lot of Courtenay's books and they all are well written but now the lead characters start to seem too formula like. From book to book there are too many similarities. This book also seemed slower, over reliant on getting into the characters lives. If this had been my first Courtenay book it probably would have rated a little higher. The narration as always is top notch. Would not discourage listening to this book if you are trying Courtenay for the first time.
I didn't realize when I bought it that I had read another of Bryce Courtney's books, "The Persimmon Tree," and loved it. "Brother Fish" is primarily about the Korean War from the Australian viewpoint. Humphrey Bower (who narrated both books) gave every character a credible voice, from the protagonist's Aussie accent to an American black, to Korean soldiers, to a German woman. It's a complex story, following several characters, but it never became confusing. A great story, well told.
Bryce Courtenay is without doubt one of my very favorite authors and Humphrey Bowers reads even more reality into an already mesmerizing story. I doubt that Courtenay has ever penned a character other than unique and in
I discovered Bryce Courtnay through Audible and have now listed both to The Persimmon Tree and Brother Fish. Both are excellent stories with memorable characters. In Brother Fish I learned more about the Korean War than I had known previously.
This was an amazing book. Bryce Courtenay has done it again. I couldn't put this book down I didn't want it to end. There was great attention to detail and the story left no loose ends, which is what I like.