Fairly well written but agonizingly detailed and slow. I usually like long, detailed books but this one wore on without seeming to go anywhere until I felt I was tormenting myself to continue and gave up.
There was a story within a story in this book. The main story about a derelict and a wayward boy is quite good. I liked the way the author develops the characters and allows them to move and grow as we read. The smaller story about Trim the cat was also interesting but at times I felt it really slowed down the main story. I think the story of Trim was important but the author spent way to much time on the minutia of the tale. I got very bored during some of the ocean voyage because it went on and on about things that didn't matter. There was so much of that detail that was not necessary for the main story to move forward. So although I liked the story about Billy, it was at times hard to get through.
Almost 50; some reluctant military experience ;travelled (surfed) through Africa ; Australia;Indonesia and the USA. Enjoy a good adventure.
This book crashed half way through the book ; the fix offered was that I listening to the book in the wrong region and must wait until i return to the USA to complete the book
Another Audible Addict
It had a hopeful ending.
I haven't, but will now. Love Mr. Bower's narration.
It gave me chills at the end, when the poem was read.
It should have made me cry for what Ryan had to go through in his life. It made me sad for the state of our humanity. Strangely, it isn't a sad book though.
Their is hope in it.
I gave this 5 stars, but if I could do half stars, I would take off some for the somewhat abrupt ending. I kind of expected a little more description of the raid at the end, thinking it would last another 20-25 min.instead It ended in about 5 min after the last story of the cat (which also seemed abrupt). There could have been an opportunity for elaboration and some action scenes at the end, I thought.
Bryce Courtenay is one of my new favorite writers. This is the fifth of his books I have read and thoroughly enjoyed. It provides an in-depth look at the life of Billie, an educated man turned homeless alcoholic. Instead of trying to avoid this character as I would on the street, I was drawn into his life and felt myself wanting to spend more time with him, to understand his addiction and wish him into recovery. His relationship with the young boy, Ryan, is at first a little hard to believe, but as the reader learns more about Billie's past, it becomes more understandable. The third main character in the book is Trim, Matthew's Flinder's cat (an historical figure), and Courtenay takes us on many adventures with Trim, as Billie shares these stories with Ryan. I found myself very interested in Trim's adventures in the beginning, but found them to be rather tedious as the story of Billie and Ryan grew and I was more interested in continuing with their story and not being interrupted with tales of Trim. Humphrey Bower is one of my all-time favorite narrators. I sometimes think he could read a shopping list and make it come alive!
Don't know. Never read the print version.
Reduced the amounts of time spent on the story of Matthew Flanders and Trim.
Humphrey Bower brings every book he narrates to life. I've listened to him lots and have never been disappointed.
A story af alcoholism and child sexual exploitation in Aussyland.
The story tells the tale of a very special friendship between an alcoholic and a child. I really think it was more about what BC wanted to say about alcoholism/addiction, it's recovery process, and make some points about child sexual exploitation. I really feel like he used this story to get his views across, while not wrong in any way, but took away from the story really just being about the characters. I connected with Billie, but would have more if he hadn't been so into project Mina bird!
The remarkable performance of Humphrey Bower zoomed this book into vibrant life. It is, quite simply, the best audiobook performance I've ever heard. There is not a false note in it. Mr Bower makes every voice unique and keeps the narrative constantly interesting. What a wonderful actor!
Again, the performance. I would normally not have been attracted to this story, and bought the book because it seemed to be about a cat (as it is, in large parts) and was on sale. Very happy I did! It was quite compelling. The characters were completely realistic and the story became truly interesting. It's an extremely good portrayal of one man's battle against severe alcoholism.
No, but I most certainly will!
Trim, the cat, of course. He is an intrepid hero!
This was really a fortunate purchase for me. Thoroughly enjoyed it, especially because of the brilliant performance, but also because the book is darned good too!
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Another great book by Bryce Courtney.
He never disappoints me. I have listened to all of his books. Sometimes more than once.
Another Brilliant story from Bryce Courtney. An amazing relationship formed on the streets of Sydney between a derelict drunk and a street wise boy. It all started with a tale about a cat! A must read/download. Beautifully narrated by Humphrey Bower.