Bryce Courtenay really knows how to develop characters and tell a rich and entertaining story. I just loved all of the characters. He placed me in the time period and I felt that I really knew every character in the book.
I don't have a favorite character. All of the characters were fully developed and were all critical to the story.
I can't identify a specific scene, I loved the entire book.
As soon as I finished this book I immediately downloaded Tommo and Hawk and Soloman's Song because I had to finish the trilogy. I was shattered when I finished Soloman's Song and knew that I would not hear from these characters again. My deepest thanks to Mr.Courtenay for such a fabulous story!
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This one is going in the classics list!
I loved Ikey, performed & written so clear I could picture his treacherous visage everytime he spoke.
When Ikey trains his boys on the tricks of the street I was fascinated not only with the bare facts of survival in the London streets but also with the strange love they felt for one another
Ikey, so he could teach me his tricks!
I bought this trilogy on spec with a 2 for 3 trilogy sale. I was in the bush & whenever mt I-pod ran out of juice I immediately started up our emergency generator so that I could keep on listening! You can't stop.
I would highly recommend this whole series
Anyone who enjoys audio books will definitely like this book.The descriptions are precise yet detailed.There was information about conditions and circumstances of that era that were heretofore romanticized yet the reality of the rawness was still compelling.
Iccy is definitely a standout character. He's so Dickensian, a dichotomy of greed and compassion.
Humphrey Bower's performance is one of the best I've ever heard. Both my husband and I wondered if we would have liked the book half as much were it not for his rendering. Each character has a distinct voice and accent. It was like listening to an old radio play. Absolutely first rate.
I like a book that makes me search out additional information about the place, times, and people and I have done that with this book.
I don't know how many times I've passed over this series of books because I was more interested in European historical fiction rather than Australian. I regret that decision, but am so glad I finally got the first book in this Australian Trilogy. This was in part because of Audible's recent trilogy promotion as well as because it was narrated by Humphrey Bower. He has quickly become my favorite narrator, and I've listened to many!
This book has everything I love to read about, the contrast between extreme poverty and wealth, crime, drama, adventure and so on. All the while learning about a part of history I was never much interested in-- Australia.
I cannot wait to start listening to the next book, I'm sure it will be just as good if not better than this one!
I can not say enough good things about this book. It grabs you from the begining and takes you on a journey. Brutally honest in detail about the "class" system in the U.K. and how it traveled to Oz. I will always "leave a little salt on the bread"!
A good story with really interesting , nasty, nice tough , characters. everybody plays a part and are knitted together well
Power of one, pretty obvious really
one of his best
Mary, just to meet her
another book worth investing your time to, very good traveling book,
After listening to the forward by the author saying the main character was as despicable a person as he could create, I started questioning whether I would like this book. 1 1/2 hours into the book I stopped: Mary is beaten and gang raped by the men who were waiting for the clerk job she got, then they crushed both of her hands with their boots so that she spent the rest of her life crippled with blackened claws. I could not take anymore and quit the book. I do not recommend anyone that does not appreciate a book with the grimmest picture of life and the worst kind of people who inhabit it. The writer is very good. His graphic descriptions of depravity are very compelling. Not my cup of tea.
For the same reasons I enjoyed Shogun and Tai Pan, I enjoyed the Potato Factory. Bryce was able to make this time period come to life for me. I really enjoyed the character development and the story even had me laughing at times. I highly recommend this book.
I am a science fiction fan so the only reason I got this audiobook was that it is a 23 hour book that was on sale for $4.95. I do some work that occupies my hands and eyes but not my ears or mind so I snatched up a value like that.
Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to! I have been listening to audiobooks for over 20 years, so that is a significant statement.
The story itself is very engaging but Humphrey Bower's narration turns a good book into a great audiobook.
It is worth the full or member price or a credit, but for heaven's sake if you ever see it on sale for $4.95 again, GRAB IT!!!!
My first audio book that had Humphrey Bower as the narrator was Shantaram-- which is on the top of the list as favorite story, author and narrator thus far. I loved that book so much, that I searched for other books narrated by Mr. Bower. I hesitated downloading this book for a couple years, but now I'm glad that I did. I really enjoy reading series, and have listened to all of the Outlander Series (Diana Gabaldon and narrate by Davina Porter...who is one of my favorite narrators). I just finished listening to this book and immediately had to download the second of the series. I enjoy historical fiction, and the story of Australia in the early 1800's is poignant, and very interesting. The story begins in London, and introduced Ikey Solomon, who I envision as a rotten scoundrel. Of course, I related to Mary Abacus as a Woman of Substance (which is the title of a novel I read in the 70's and began my appetite for stories of women who overcome hardship and become successful). There are dark periods of history-- the mistreatment of prisoners, who are sent to Australia to serve out their prison sentences...to the cruel mistreatment of the Aborigines. I loved every minute of this story, which has a fair balance of sorrow, compassion, humor, revenge, and determination. I grew to see Ikey Solomon in a new light, as having a heart-- albeit misdirected, at times, as he was self-serving. When I listened to the end of the story, I had to continue on-- so I could find out what happened to Tomo. Great read!