61 years old, degrees in behavior science and business. Fascinated w/ anthropology & past civilizations. This book should be a documentary
Bryce Courtenay is brilliant. The Narration is engaging and the characters come to life as if in a movie. A must read. I am sure I will listen to all his work many times over.
Each character is developed and then redeveloped as the years pass between the pages. How can you not respect, hate or fall in love with these imaginative beings you feel you know as friends.
Humphrey Bower is an actor first, a orator second. I can not imagine listening to these books without his reading brilliance.
I had purchased the The Potato Factory trilogy by Bryce Courtney all together. Even though I especially didn't like the 2nd book, I just finished reading the 3rd book, Solomon's Song.
Unfortunately, it was disappointing, especially the ending. I feel that he didn’t really bring the story to a close, even though I was so happy that it was over!! I would have liked to have learned more about Ben's sister, Victoria, during the story. It would have also been great to see what was happening with the Potato Factory and Hawk while Ben was at war.
I have always enjoyed Bryce Courtney's books in the past, but not this series.
The narrator, Humphrey Bower, was excellent though.
yes I love listening to audio books , Humphrey Bower is a wonderful narrator.
The trilogy was so captivating I listened to the 3 back to back ...I found the description of the war a bit too much to handle , perhaps its because I was uneducated about the first world war.a little let down at the end but on a whole I really enjoyed them .
The story is great just unfinished.
Let us know the rest of the story. It left me hanging. All these great characters are developed and nothing is resolved. The reason you write a series is to tell the whole story. There needed to be a 4th book, or resolution at the end of the 3rd book. It is like writing the Lord of the Rings and stopping after "The Two Towers"; not writing "The Return of the King".
Teekleman. I loved her character but they developed her character and dropped her. How does the story end!!!!!!!!! I guess we'll never know.
Galipoli was shocking but too long. I would have finished the story the first two books set up beautifully. I was salivating for resolution.
I loved the Power of One, Tandia and the first two books of this series.
Bryce Courtney had become one of my favorite authors and I had intended flying through all of his books, but Solomons Song turned me off. Maybe I'll come back someday but for now I'm through. It was a great letdown. I was left feeling "You've got to be kidding, that's it, don't leave me here".
Say something about yourself!
I found the Potato Factory and Tommo & Hawk different, but both outstanding (5 Star) books. The narration continues to be outstanding and although I liked Solomon's Song very much, I did not enjoy it to the same degree as I did the first two novels.
As is his style, Mr. Courtenay did not shy away from the darkness that exists in the actions of man, and he carried that into his descriptions of WWI and Gallipoli. I do not share the sentiment that the author demonstrated any particular anti-war sentiment in the writing of the novel. The history concerning WWI and Gallipoli, the motivations behind the war, and the tactics employed during the execution of the War are simply facts. A career military officer will be among the first to echo the profound waste and stupidity demonstrated by Nations and military leaders during that conflict.
What rang very true to me was the description of the bonds established by those in combat. My one criticism about the end of this series was that it left me dissatisfied. Not so much with what happened, but what the author does not address. Overall, the book is very good (4 Stars) and a worthy listen.
I love this writer and I always enjoy his stories. However I am a sucker for a happy ending and I am often left disappointed with this particular Arthur
This is the 3rd in the series and it does not disappoint.... Very near the top in my overall favorite list!
I love how the characters stories were interwoven, sometimes a bit fancifully, but then again, it is fiction. This third in the series contained a bit more war and bloodshed than the first two so it was not quite as entertaining as I found the others. Having said that, I still did not want it to end any more than I did the first 2!! Very entertaining and so easy to be attached to the characters.
I love the Aussie and New Zealand accents... they both lend an air of authenticity.
Oh gosh yes, just not possible
I was a little surprised by the somewhat abrupt ending to the story. I loved the trilogy!
Bryce Courtenay is my favorite author and Humphrey Bowers is a terrific reader. The Potato Factory was the first book in this trilogy and probably the best. However, "Toma and Hawk" and "Solomon's Song" were very enjoyable as well. I don't think the reader would enjoy Solomon's Song as much without having read the previous two books. The beauty of Courtenay's books is that when you finish one, you immedicately want to followup on another of his books.
The discussion Hawk has with his granddaughter about the perils of power and its ability to corrupt---even in the case of her precious trade union. Nuggets of life's wisdom are studded through Courtenay's writings.
I have listened to over 10 Humphrey Bowers readings and he is always excellent. He IS the voice of Courtnay's characters. His ability to portray Australian, South African, Maori, and British accents is unmatched.
Hawk displays the internal strength character that I think we all wish we could possess.
Start with "The Potato Factory" and you will be hooked--wishing for even more after "Solomon's Song" is complete.