Powerful, moving, inspiring
The narrator truly brought me into the world of the story with what sounded like an authentic South African accent and his excellent interpretation of the emotional meaning behind the words.
Although the story was larger than life at times and the main character occasionally too good to be true, the writing was lovely and moving and there are beautiful, touching, sad moments that will live with me for a long time. The writer weaves throughout the notion of the "loneliness birds," which is such a visual way of describing what the main character was experiencing. I loved being taken into this world and loved hearing about the various people who made a difference in the main character's life and who taught him how to strive for the best. The characters were fantastic. I do wish a certain character who was introduced early on had made an appearance at the end to see how his kindness changed a boy's life, but still great even without that.
There is so much of this book that I really liked. While the beginning is disturbing - - anytime a child is mistreated - - you usually figure that there will be some sort of justice or happy ending to make the ride worthwhile. The narrator did a great job with the varying characters. They were all distinct , but somewhat one-dimensional. Either good guys or bad guys. The ending spoiled it for me. And this is a long book to wade through to find yourself feeling a bit cheated at the end. It felt to me as if the author had a deadline and had to finish in a hurry to "wrap things up". The leading character's behavior did not match the boy you had grown up with along the span of the story. I found it disappointing, but again, found many things to enjoy along the way.
I couldn't stop listening to it.
I loved the transformation from child to adolescent to young adult to adult.
all of them.
The story grabbed me -- inspirational and unexpectedly motivational. The writing was detailed and flowed beautifully. Well done!
I would and have recommended this book to a friend. I think it hits all the high notes that are in a good composition.
The character development was clear. The story flowed. The performance of the reader was remarkably believable. The exotic setting captivated.
Although on the surface this is an underdog story told in first person, by the end of the story it becomes apparent that it is actually a story filled with subtle self-glorification.
Bryce Courtney is a gifted writer, but has an axe to grind with Christians and Christianity in general (despite the David and Goliath references and symbolism). Paganism, Cults, and Judaism seem to be okay, but there was a subliminal current throughout the entire length and breadth of this story filled anti-Christian sentiments. This aspect, so often referred to, made the story unenjoyable for me.
I enjoyed the pugilistic elements that were written about, especially having tried a small amount of boxing in my past. However, I grew to dislike the main character near the end, as he became a very proud individual (who is actually 'worshipped' by the Africanas- they called him the Frog Angel or some such nonsense). He was held in reverence because this little boy brought all the tribes of Africa together when no one else was able. The boy did nothing to dissuade them all from cheering for him, and he came to expect it by the end of the story.
Although bullied and meek in the beginning, he shows that he can be every bit as brutal as his tormenters in the end.
My takeaway: Christians are silly, I can be strong.
I am an avid mystery/thriller, historical fiction and political fiction listener. I listen while working (I am a remodeling contractor).
If you want to experience personal growth and fortitude, don't miss listening to this powerful story told expertly by Bryce Courtenay and brought to life by Humphrey Bower. This combination of talents makes you drive around the block and more.
This book ranks easily among my top five audiobooks of all time. It was simply a fantastic listen.
Doc was my favorite because he proved just how complex yet simple friendship and life can be viewed al at the same time through the time he spent with the lead character.
No this is my first listen to one of his performances.
It would have to be Doc, for the same reasons he is my favorite character.
I laughed, cried and at times was outraged while listening to this book. It is truly an experience. It is definitely one of the best performances that I have had the pleasure to use a few hours of my life to listen to.
I most enjoy listening to contemporary fiction with well-developed characters.
A story of hardship and struggle and how a young boy navigates through it with the help of a very special mentor.
I bought this audiobook based on the reviews and knowing nothing of the author. I am not a fan of boxing so I was surprised at how entirely this book drew me in. It was engaging and uplifting... just what I love in a book.
The narrator did a great job.
the reader was/is fantastic
I have listened and liked very much the other books of the same "couple"
Funny that actually one does not know what finally happened to the main character