I was enthralled with this audiobook, especially with the historical facts of the Korean War, some facts of China where I have worked (and ate dog) and Hong Kong with similarities to Malaysia (how to carry one's purse securely) where I have worked also. I found myself unsatisfied with the narrative to the extent I was looking up Tasmania and "King's Island" in the web to further my understanding of the story.
The characters are a little "true blue" but the tale certainly carries it's heroes to the finish line in true heroic style.
While Humphrey Bower has done a wonderful job reading the book, as usual, Courtenay has not lived upto the mark -- especially when you compare this work with Power of One and Tandia. Those two books were simply awesome and left me with a great feeling after reading them.
Bryce once again shows his strong feelings against racism as in his first 2 books, which is appreciable. But the quality of the oveall story is no match to his first 2 books.
I dont think I will listen to this book again unless I am bored to death!
I decided to download Brother Fish after having listened to The Power of One and Tandia and having thoroughly enjoyed both books had great expectations for Brother Fish. I was not disappointed, but must agree with previous reviewers that I did find it a bit tedious at times. I found myself becoming annoyed with the number of times (actually lost count) the full name of Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan was repeated but toward the end of the book the name was finally shortened to Nicole. I know she was a principal character, but I think her name should have been shortened sooner in the story. Humphrey Bower's narration is superb and without his talent I might not have finished this book. Having said that, I would not hesitate to read/listen to
other Bryce Courtney books.
Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!
I'm leaving this review because I did not read anywhere that there would be songs in this "audiobook". I don't mean the author wrote a line or two of a song, as I've seen done in many audiobooks in the past. I mean, this guy wrote out the ENTIRE song into the story, and the poor narrator had to sing it in its entirety! The narrator is GREAT, by the way, but I didn't get this book to have songs sung to me... especially songs I don't like. It's an audio-BOOK, NOT an album of gospel music!!
To add salt to the wound, this book is VERY VERY VERY slow, after about a third of the way through it. Seriously, do we need to know about every little thing these characters do on a daily basis?? I half expected this author to go into detail about the breathing and sleeping habits of the main character at any time, describing and counting each breath, up to a million.
Yes, it is JUST THAT BORING. I'm not kidding.
I read "The Power Of One" and I thought it was fantastic. I have absolutely no idea how this book is rated as highly as it is, because it is a far cry from that one. It's as if the author literally was sleep walking through this one. It is so painfully boring.
If I could only recommend ONE book for the summer, this would be it! There was not a single minute in this 4 volume story that I did not listen to with interest. Great, engaging story, masterfully read!
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
I swear Humphrey Bower could make the telephone book riviting listen listening and, as always, he brings Courtney to full value
NV, not NY
So far I've read The Power of One, Tandia, and now Brother Fish. I loved them all and appreciate the fact that Courtenay writes long books. In the end they're never long enough. This story had the unexpected surprise of partially taking place in the area where I grew up, and when one of the characters is taken to the hospital where I was born, I burst out laughing. I know, I know, this has nothing to do with critiquing the book.
This book actually contains four major stories, all of them fastenating. I just downloaded The Potatoe Factory - the first in a trilogy, and I can't wait to be taken away by this masterful story teller yet again. Courtenay isn't perfect, but when you're in love, you tend to overlook the small stuff. When I look at how many books Courtenay has on Audible, it gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling.
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
Good story, really good narration - all in all a satisfactory experience......... but not really my cup of tea. The first part of the book was about the Korean war which was really good but the second half dragged for me and I found myself hanging in only because I was so invested already. I may check out some of this author's other works in the future, if only to find out why so many others rave about him - maybe I just picked the wrong book.
I am an avid recorded book listener. I work at at elementary school, have 2 high schoolers and have very little time to sit and read. This is a great book fix for the perpetual motion in our lives we live these days.
The characters, settings and emotions of this book are expertly built and told. I credit this audiobook as much to the author as the narrator. The characters are flawed, likable, human and so very real. The ability of Bower to cover such a vast array of characters and vernaculars is amazing. This book has jumped to one of my all time favorites ranking up there with Follett's Pillar of the Earth.
An engaging story spanning decades in the lives of three people who prove that diversity makes for strength. The combination of Jacko's passion, Jimmy's wisdom, and Nicole's brains and business acumen result in a life well lived for all three. Although in one respect this is a war story, the Korean war really just sets the foundation of the friendship, which, along with the story, continues long after the end of the war. This book is atypical of the kinds of material I usually read, and it turned out to be a good choice. 4 stars rather than 5 because the last quarter of the book dragged on a bit, and because the narrator annoyingly sings too many verses of several songs. Still, it's a good story, well worth the considerable investment of time to listen to it.