I am gradually reading through all of Bryce Courtenay's novels. Most have been riveting. This one is almost like 3-4 novels in one - all with the same characters. It is by far the longest of his very long novels that I've read. I like a long novel that continues to entertain. As usual, Bryce Courtenay educates while he entertains. I know there are some flaws in this novel, but I'd recommend it to anyone who likes an excellent, satifying tale that is very long.
For those who enjoyed “The Power of One”, “Brother Fish” will prove NEARLY as enjoyable. ‘The Power of One’ is hard to top, and admittedly, this offering falls a bit short of that lofty target however, this tale is both engaging and meaningful. Enjoy!
I have an hour commute each to and from work, and have to say, I at first thought this book wasn't going to be enjoyable, but I have to say, I sing with this book, I laugh with the book, and I cry with this book. The story is incredible, and the narrator is perfect. This is by far the best audio book I have listened to, and I have been listening to audio books for as long as I can remember! I can't wait to listen to more of it, and look forward to getting the other books downloaded:)
What an outstanding Audio Book! I generally listen to action books, i.e. Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy etc. I find these very entertaining and I didn’t think I would go in for a drama type book. This book has it all! I would also like to say that the narrator is by far the best I have ever listened to, bar none! I have purchased over 200 audio books by some great authors and narrators and I place this book as number one. Listen to it and I’m sure you will agree.
I downloaded this book on a whim and was quickly caught up in a wonderful story. The building of characters takes place throughout. My only regret was coming to the end. I didn't want to leave this interesting group of people.
This is the 5th Bryce Courtenay book that I've read. My only critism is that the book ended and I won't spend more time with "Brother Fish" and Jimmy. I felt the same about all the others too. His writing is magical and the stories and characters beautiful. I have thoroughly enjoyed every book.
Courtenay pulls no punches via his main character. The Korean War, being a POW, Australia and racism, America as seen from the outside circa 1950.... you get it all. The story is engrossing. It ranges far and wide. Bryce Courtenay tells a great tale.... and from the author of Power of One I would expect no less.
I enjoyed the first 10 hours or so, but the book gets quite tedious. The characters are quite unidimensional and there is extensive repetition.