It took me three tries before I actually was able to get down and really give this book a chance. AM I GLAD I TRIED THAT THIRD TIME! I don't really enjoy stories about wars, but as it turns out, the story is really about the relationships that the three main characters have with each other over decades. Once I got past the very first 30 minutes, I was hooked. Humphrey Bower is a fabulous narrator and really brought ALL of Bryce Courtenay's charcaters to life. His accents are wonderful and really kept me listening and coming back for more.
This is the third Bryce Courtenay book I have listened to and I want to hear them all, but I'm afraid I will run out of them eventually if I don't pace myself. I drive 10 hrs a week to and from work and so I go through books pretty quickly. Humphrey Bower is amazing as always! I completely agree with other reviewers who say that this combination has not been given their due. The history is great, I love the detail about the cultures and the characters are so real. Power of One will probably remain my favorite because it was my first, but this is a close second.
Another unique and interesting story by Courtenay. But also worth it just to hear Humphrey Bower's skill set as narrator. He was awesome in Shantaram, but to hear an Australian do a dead-on impersonation of an African American impersonating a Scot was amazing.
The voice of the reader is the most incredible. You sometimes have to bang your head to remember that only one voice is doing all the characters. He is amazing. And the story is rich with history, love, passion, fight for the rights of humanity.......it has it all. Great book.
After listening to The Potato Factory, Brother Fish seemed to get off to a slow start but don't let that put you off. It gradually builds and you experience the better part of a lifetime with the characters. The last 10 minutes found me sitting with my eyes closed trying to absorb every word and crying as it ended. Good story about believable people. I can't say enough about the narrator, Humphrey Bower!!! I wish all books could be narrated by him. He is beyond superb.
LOVE Bryce Courtenay's work; adore Humphrey Bower's delivery (1/2 the reason to get a book to try out! Fantastic theatre!) I am listening to this book after FOUR FIRE'S (which I loved) and it seems that this book has a similar story line, character's and not enough dialogue. I am 4 hrs into the 1st part and am considering shelving it for a year or so. I am bored. Please understand that I have read/listened to 7 books which might be a factor. My favorite is the Australian Trilogy.
May find another Humphry Bower tho!
The narration wins this book over for me. The different accents and attitudes portrayed during conversations is just excellent. With dramatic history lessons througout to keep me entertained. This is my 1st by the author and narrator and now another two to add to my favorites. :)
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And Brother Fish is a very long book. I loved the characters, their histories, and their quirks. I have recommended this book more than any other this year. If you want to sit back with a well-written, good story, you'll get your money's worth with Brother Fish.
Started this book once and just couldn't get into it. While I love Australian accents, one recounting military actions just didn't work for me. I think it's a pretty slow start, but about 1.5 to 2 hours in, it really becomes story rich.
We follow Jacko and Jimmy into two wars, the first with little action, the second with more action than they wanted. They become POWs and even attempt an escape.
Finally Jacko and Jimmy make it back to Australia and meet up with a former friend of Jackos. They all go into the fishing business, with some very intriguing stories both out fishing and from former experiences.
This was not a war story, although much of it involves the Korean War. It was much more a narrative about three people; who they are and how their lives were intertwined. I liked it because the three main characters had very interesting stories and how these characters came together as friends was also interesting. Well written by the author, and, of course, well read by Humphrey Bowser. There is no overall plot, or suspense, or action or anything like that, but I found it very entertaining.