The combination of an incredible narrator and a gifted writer is what makes this audio book truly remarkable. Courtenay takes you on journey spanning 3 generations - the most difficult and yet exciting of the last century, and he does it with a no nonsense style I can appreciate so much.
I generally don't care for books by male authors but since it had great reviews I decided to give it a chance. It took me a while to get into the book, mainly because I had to get used to the Australian accent, and the assorted phone calls and family members interrupting me. I was glad that I stuck with it because it is a wealth of information and entertainment. The characters are so well developed and interesting. The background for different world events allows for a better understanding of that period of history.
I loved James' singing voice of "Johnny I didn't know ya"! Excellent performance! I looked for the same song being sung on YouTube but none of them compared to the performance in the audiobook. Wonderful!
The acknowledgment at the end shouldn't be missed either. The acknowledgments give credit to the many people that were part of the creation of this book and helps explain how one person can create such a work. Bryce Courtenay is a master at bringing the experiences and minds of many people to create an unforgettable literary work.
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.