Yes, well written, informative with colourful characters and brilliantly read.
Mary Abacus, I felt sorry for her but admired her determination
Hoe he changed with every character,
When Mary tried to find employment as a clark.
I am now reading Tommo and Hawk
Avid reader and audio book listener
Well worth the listen, provides a live history by way of interesting characters. I will certainly look for more of Bryce Courtney's work.
I have read the author has said "Growing up in a strict, punishing church-run orphanage in South Africa during the apartheid era... ‘I know all about the God of wrath but have never met the God of love"
Unfortunately this has lead to a narrow and flawed view of Christianity reflected in this story.
Among the vast number who loved the book, another reviewer commented on bigoted treatment of religion.
That is my biggest problem with this book though I disliked, what I felt, was excessive detail of the cruelty and squalor of the time.
From the author not the genre
This is a great story, its adventurous and riveting but contains some very graphic violent portrayals of life as it was. Set in the late 1800's it starts in England when some of the most brutal behaviour against women and the poor was committed. I listened to this one day and couldn't eat my lunch as a result! I was shocked and appalled at the reality of it.None the less I have continued with the series and am now onto Tommo and Hawk. if you can handle the obscenities and the graphic violence, the story is fantastic. Well done by the reader and overall well worth the Listen.
The Characters are unforgettable and I wonder if it will ever be made into a movie series?
It would be a visual feast with the locations involved... that said, the film maker would have to go carefully with some of the worst violent parts.
While the story line and presenter were great I also loved the history lesson I got. I have a greater knowledge now of life during that time period as well as the history of the Australian penal colonies.Oscar DeVries
The main player of the story.
I would recommend this book. It really caught my imagination and I got to know the characters very well. Thought it ended quite suddenly, though.
no, it's too long for that
it's a time and place that I didn't know much about. Well written
Eddie is an avid listener of all sorts of audio books. He is a voracious reader AND listener. Not just best sellers, he likes to experiment.
The narration was top shelf.
Ike Solomon --- the narration captured such a distinct character that I was compelled to care about this person who was so flawed. But I really feel as if I know him.
His ability to capture the author's language and to distinctly provide EACH character with his or her own persona (and never faltering from it) made his reading absolutely wonderful. I had never listened to a Humphrey Bower read before but I have got to say --- he is a storyteller with immense talent.
Mary. I just want her to have one perfect day in her life.
I am looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy.
Humphrey Bower brought the massive range of characters to life, so you laugh and cry and suffer with them.
Ike's lessons to his boys (I am trying not to remember the many harrowing moments - I pray they fade with time!!)
As good as and better because there were more characters. Each was so uniquely spoken that a film could not have made clearer who was who.
It is too long for that - but oh my did I get quite fit - it is one of the only times I was happy to stay on the treadmill as I listened.
Can't wait for next book..
The characters are beautifully written and the plot carries one along.
The harshness of the characters' lives combined with riveting dialogue.
Marvelous voices and accents.
A saga of the old and new world, with characters and plot twists to love and hate.
This is one of the best "reads" I've enjoyed in many years. Totally satisfying.
The narrator manages an excellent variety of voices and accents he really brought it to
Fascinating insight into early colonial history of Australia and the circumstances in England that lead to transportation