This was a very enjoyable story. I was interested in the characters from the beginning, and didn't mind that some were larger than life...it is fiction, after all. I would highly recommend this book, and will be listening to more by this author, as he has a real talent.
This wonderful story was just so beautifully read.
Don't be deterred by the book's length.
It kept me involved, not wanting to pull out my audio player ear buds !
Such is Bower's ability with his voice, combined with Courtenay's story-telling that you know instantly who is speaking, even before they are identified.
Thoroughly enlightening & enjoyable.
This book is unlike any other I've read in my 63 years. The first four chapters had a lot of cruelty in them, but I hung on because the storytelling is so excellent and I could tell there was a point being made, and the NARRATOR is unbelievable. I cannot imagine anyone else doing all these accents and emotions, of men, women and children, so fantastically well!
This entire book is an epic of justice and injustice , humor and grief. It's filled with life! The Greatest Book I've ever encountered.
I read this book several times years ago and it remains one of my favorites. The audio version is absolutely fantastic. Humphrey Bower's brings this great book to life.
Every book written by Bryce Courtenay and read by Humphrey Bower has been a winner. The story telling is superb and the voices that Mr Bower gives the characters are a joy. They have been my commuting companions for the past two years.
I really enjoyed this book. It is a must read, and even more so if you are a South African. I was pleasantly surprised by the humour in the book. Very touching.
This book was amazingly hard to put down, one of the best I have listened to all year!
There is a sequel called "Tandia"
The movie is great, but it is so different from the book that you can enjoy them both as if they were separate works, plus it has great actors in it!
I am a huge fans of Bryce Courtenay's books and this book followed by Tandia is no exception. (I did not make begin with this series but began with the Australia series.) Humphrey Bower is an exceptionally talented narrator and after listening to Mr. Bower there are few others who are as talented on audible. In fact, I always have to remind myself when listening to another book that I should not compare the narrator to Bower's narrative abilities. I wish he was used more often to narrate books on this site. He is multi-faceted and the characters are brought to life with his voice.
This was my first Audio Book and my first ever Bryce Courtenay. I choose it beacuse of the good reviews that it received along wih the fact that I'd always wanted to read it. It was a good first choice.
I found the narration by Humphrey Bower very good and he did a great job with all the accents. The book on a whole I enjoyed although I did find some parts a bit slow but would definately recommend it. Well worth the time to listen to it and I'll probably be getting the follow up - Thandi.