I expected a story of Australia. And yet, the first third (almost) of the book is spent in London. The intrigues abounded and when I realized that much of what I read had actually happened. The story grew, the characters expanded into the most interesting people. As with many of the best audio books, the narration is so very good, reminiscent of Simon Vance's performance of David Copperfield.
I loved the characters, and how multifaceted they were. I also loved learning about New Zealand and Australia during this time.
The indomitable Mary's strength, integrity, courage and compassion in the face of incredibly difficult circumstances.
He did all of the characters voices beautifully.
When Mary saw the parrots as she first arrived and made them her talisman.
This entire series is absolutely gripping. Especially books 1 and 2. Book 3 is still good, but it diverges from the central characters and is weighed down by the first world war, losing momentum towards the end.
I've listened to a number of audio books. This is one of the better ones because of both the story and writing style and the excellent narrator.
The characters were very real; very well brought to life and given individual personalities.
Mary, for her strength and ongoing positive attitude.
This is first in a series. I have moved on to the second book, and it is even more rivetting!
He changed between characters flawlessly. Each one had a definately different and appropriate voice. Wonderful
A bit verbose, but the action/story makes up for it. And what a cliffhanger! I will be getting the entire series. I love it when I have to Google things that I'm not familiar with (like what a rookery is). It's very well researched and written. Great narration and character voices.
I just finished book 2 and wrote a longer review - but for those that are considering this series but may hesitate given the length of each book - do yourself a favor, get this one and try it out.... if you hate it you can return it. I'm betting a good 98% of you will go on to be chomping at the bit for the next one and the next one and on and on. Having just finished 2 and sitting waiting for 3 to download to my Android - I'm having withdrawals already.
It was the most enjoyable fiction to listen to! I just couldn't stop listening to the story! I wanted to know what happened next to all of the characters in the story that I got the second audiobook in the series.
YES!! The writting and narrative combine to make the best audible book of all time.
Every scene is etched in my mind. But the boat ride was so visceral I thought I was aboard.
Humphrey Bower can do every accent and voice…….it becomes a play in your mind.
It is a little long for that concept but it is hard to 'put down'.
I am hooked on Bryce Courtney's writings and have NEVER been dissapointed. His historical research is exhaustive and Humphrey Bower is the perfect compliment.
I am a great fan of Bryce Courtenay but this story seemed very long and drawn out. It sometimes seemed contrived and just too unbelievable. I have already purchased parts 2 “Tommo and Hawk” and 3 “Song of Solomon”, and I hope that they will be much better than the first book.
I did learn about Australian history which was very interesting. The narration by Humphrey Bower was excellent. I enjoyed the character Ikey Soloman and Mary Abacus. It is definitely an unforgettable story, just not my favorite of Mr. Courtenay's.