I didn't expect to like these three books as much as I did - I really enjoyed them and the sense of justice and social values that were woven through the characters. Courtenay is creative in how he brings the characters together and I found myself wondering "how would anyone dream up that story!?".
The only reason I gave the story 4/5 is that in all three books the endings are always rather brutal and sudden. I haven't read others of Courtenay's books so perhaps that his style. I found that I was fully immersed in the story and the it was almost like the author got tired or didn't know what to do next and so just ended the book.
Overall enjoyable and I recommend all three in the Australian Trilogy.
First, narration was excellent as always. However, having listened to the other books in this trilogy, I felt this book ran out of steam. Predominately it was about Gallipoli and introduced a whole host of new characters. You lose contact with Hawk and the rest of the family and what is going on back in Australia. It felt like an entirely different story by the end. It wasn't bad though and the descriptions of WW1 are realistic and brutal.
Bower's ability to give each character their own voice. It was like having someone sitting next to me reading a story, only better.
I loved learning about Australia's history. I did not know anything about their involvement in WWI.
The scenes where Grandfather Hawk gives his perspective on people, happenings, and the world. I love to listen to what he has to say. His voice is the voice of wisdom and it really resonates with me.
Is this Solomon the Solomon of Biblical Wisdom (as well as Solomon family??) If so, then this title takes on an interesting double meaning, and I would not want to change it.
I listened to this book in my car while I am driving. As the story comes towards the end, I have to bring it into the house so I can hear how it is going to end. The characters and their voices get into my head and my heart and I need to know what is going to happen to them.
I did not intent to listen to all three books, but I cared about the characters so much I wanted to know what happened to them.
This trilogy reminded me of how much I had enjoyed "The Power of One". I still have the hard cover book, but I have downloaded the audio so this time I can listen to Bower tell me the story, and enjoy it in a different medium.
First and Third books were best of the series
It was fine
It made me cry, but it wasn't defeating.
An excellent series, too bad he has died.
I thoroughly enjoyed these three books, and was sorry for the trilogy to come to an end. Bryce Courtenay is one my favourite authors of all time, and I have read many of his books. This trilogy was probably my favourite story.
I enjoyed the first 2 books and when started to listen to the final book in the trilogy, I thought for a moment that I had downloaded the wrong book. It seemed completely out of character with the previous 2. I was disappointed in the end as well. It seemed to leave a "cliffhanger". But as its a trilogy, there would not be another book. I felt as if the story was detached from the original book and left me feeling unsatisfied with the resolution of the story arcs. The narration was wonderful as before.
Each of the three books in the Australian Trilogy has provided a wonderful balance of history and fiction culminating with Solomon's Song. Many have spoken about the ending and I, like them, wish it could have ended differently. That being said I longed for a sequel, but that cannot happen. So we are left open and wondering what will happen to those remaining and their futures. And we are given the freedom to finish the story for ourselves.
The impact of Gallipoli and Courtenay's emphasis on all of the details, including those most gruesome, sometimes made it difficult to listen. Yet, there was a reality that I, who will never experience a combat theater first hand, was given an opportunity to understand on a very deep and personal level. At the conclusion, I wept - not just for the characters, but for the futility of war and for the families whose sons and daughters face the same absurdity on a daily basis. We fight for our countries, but in doing so we are fighting someone's son or daughter and there is an inevitable loss that cannot be explained. Courtenay portrayed this in Solomon's Song and it is applicable to each war in which we engage.
After I listen to the rest of his books, I will go back and re-listen to all three once again. I miss the characters - Ikey, Mary, Tommo, Hawk, Maggie Pie, Ben, and Victoria. They became my friends. And I am continually amazed by the artistic agility portrayed by Humphrey Bowers. He is truly amazing as he brings each character, in their own voice, to life.
This series was going along great, sometimes dark, sometimes positive. Then the last hour or 2 of this audio book it stopped making any sense. It felt contrived, rushed, and and out of character. It was as if the author got tired of writing and just made something up to hit the deadline. It was a very disappointing conclusion to the series.
Books one and two of the trilogy were wonderful and lead the reader to a hopeful resolution of the 'greed' the family relationships were built on. This third book, Solomon's Song, had everything going for it ...great storyline ...terrific characters ...greed ...right vs wrong. But a total change in direction of the book takes the reader on a voyage through the history of Australia in WWI and brings it all to a grinding halt ...literally ...in a small one paragraph ending. Mr Courteney's need to voice anti-war sentiment could have been done in a completely different book. Listen closely to the intro, it truly lets the reader know what is ahead! Read it for the resolution of Tommo and Hawk's family then stop ...unless of course you want an education in Australian war history. (When Ben ships out the trilogy ends)
Spellbinding accurate devastating
All were very well rounded characters
The ending was a nail biter. He's a very interesting author/ stores teller