After just finishing listening to Brother Fish, LOVING it, and also loving The Persimmon Tree and Tandia, I couldn't get into this book past the first 15 minutes. It'll take a lot of 5 star reviews for me to even consider giving this one another chance, I am very sorry to say...
I listen to books as I work. It's a beautiful life.
I really enjoyed this book! Bryce Courtenay does such an amazing job at character development and he came through once again with this book. I felt like I knew the characters, sympathized with some and hated others. I found myself thinking about the book when I wasn't currently listening - wondering about the plot and characters. Then I found myself feeling disappointed because I was nearing the end and the story would end. It's been awhile since I've enjoyed a book that much. I would say that this is my favorite Courtenay book, and I've listened to the following books: The Power of One, Tandia, Tommo & Hawk, The Potato Factory, & Four Fires. Go ahead and listen!
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
A little simplistic but in true Courtenay fashion a great little tale that will entertain
The narrator his Australian accent and impressive way he brought the characters to life.
Tragic but beautiful.
Everything! He is my favorite narrator to date!
Jessica, she is brave, strong, and her girl power speaks to me!
The storyline kept pulling me in so that I wanted to keep going, but didn't want it to end.
Jessica, as she continually evolved as the story unwound.
When Jessica arrived in town w/Billy Simple
This is a wonderful Story. I've read 5 or 6 of Bryce Courtney's books and I'm never disappointed. Humphrey Bower is, as always, amazing in his naration.
My favorite character is Jessica. She believes that anything can be done with hard work and the right attitude, despite the odds against her.
The best, so far.
There were several, but her giving birth in a river was the most fascinating.
When her father came to visit at Christmas and took her back into his good graces only to die the next day.
There were times when I could not bear to stop listening. It was one of those books that you feel such sadness when it ends.
I loved listening to this book! The story is wonderful as is the narration! I love Bryce Courtenay books and listening to Humphrey Bower doing the narrating makes this book even more wonderful! I can't say enough good about this book!
I would put this book in the top 15 I have listened to.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
I am not sure but my instinct is to say no. I found the story too hard to get through at the beginning and I am not sure anyone who had not already been a Bryce Courtenay fan could stick with it.
I am a die-hard Bryce Courtenay fan and have read about 3/4 of his books. Of all of them, though this did have its redeeming points and passages, it was one of the weakest I've read to date. That would not keep me from continuing to read the remainder of his books though.
This book gave a revealing look at the way Australian Aborigines were treated in the early part of the 20th century... shocking. I always get historical information from reading Bryce's books. Thank goodness he didn't burden the reader this time with details of battles and injuries often found in his books.
I really loved Mary Simpson. A lovely Aborigine woman with grace and simplicity.
Overall I guess I would say yes. But I almost gave up 1/3 of the way through, with all the Billy Simple parts.
I am getting dangerously near having read all of Mr. Courtenay's books and woefully, there will be no more.