Avid, curious reader; always on the look-out for an excellent story.
The exotic adventure of it all: a multi-talented protagonist (a linguist, athlete, loving, understanding - too gorgeous for words), an oriental location, a deep love that is almost unattainable, and a fabulous story with war and danger and suffering!
I find Courtney quite unique - such realism (both weakness and strength in the characters), nuanced feeling and exquisite story-telling. Power of One also had me at
Of course, the protagonist, what was his name?
There were so many, but of course, after so many years, the lovers finally find each other even though they've both been through incredible suffering and injury.
I would highly, and enthusiastically, recommend this book for a powerful escape from life.
I listen to audiobooks mainly while commuting 90 minutes a day and when walking. Sometimes when knitting.
Enjoyed the Australian view of WWII and life in the Pacific Islands. Ending seemed very abrupt however - like the author just thought that was enough and ended the story.
Never got to go to a library until the age of 8 ! Since then I have become a book addict. History, biography and fiction all thrill me.
This story covered many miles and never a dull moment. The narrator did a lovely job with many accents and intonations. Learned alot of geography as I was rivited to the story.
The personalities of this story were well written...I may have hated some but I understood why.
I would enjoy being as smart as Marg...and as kind.
Listen to this when you have a time consumming job to do and time will fly!
Hopelessly addicted to Audio Books! I started listening as a distraction to the aggravation of driving, now I listen all the time :)
Survival Love Story
Unbroken, another good Story of Survival during WWII, this one by Laura Hillenbrand
A nice flavor of the main character's Australian heritage.
Nick of course.... A truly unique character, a man's man and a ladies man - one for the ages!
I listened to this book due to the good reviews, and I'll add my good review to the list. I actually thought this was based on a true story, but came to find out it is a fictitious account based on true History. It is a bit unbelievable to some extent (oddly enough it would only be believable if in fact it WAS based on actual accounts - the only reason for 4-stars versus 5-stars), but still a terrific story and great performance by the reader/narrator - Highly recommended and I will listen to the next book in the story.
The story behind the seeds.
It is hard to pick a favorite character. I felt connected to several of the characters.
Historicaly interesting, flowing story,
Nick - of course. Down to earth, solid, honest, modest, huge heart, not to mention a looker.
I loved Humphrey Bower's accents and the life he added to the many colorful characters in the book
I laughed a lot and will miss Nick, Anna, the
The book gave me an insight on the historical events of world war 2 in the pacific, of the Javanese under Japanese occupation and of the Dutch colonization of the islands in the area. I didn't know much of these events and after listening to the book I was curious and read a bit more about this part of history. Food for thought.
everytime I hiked into the hills of Yorkshire or the forests of Hertfordshire, i could not wait to press play and just be with the story.........it was just fantastic, downloaded the next chapter and my iPod and I cannot wait to head off into the hills again!
I've now read three of Courtenay's novels and found them all extremely interesting Novels (Power of One and Brother Fish are the other two). I will most likely go through all of his novels. An added benefit is the fact that they are read (so far) by Humphrey Bower who I find to be one of the best. I often search for novels he narrates for that very reason.
I read audio books all the time. There are many readers I enjoy and some who will keep me from reading a book. However, this reader was the best I have ever heard. There were many voices in this book and different accents and he got them all perfectly.
The story also was interesting. It wasn't "thought provoking" but it covered the time of the second world war from different locations, most of which I had never thought of before and I learned a lot from it. I will look for other books from this author.
I have 174 books in my Audible library and this is the only book that compelled me to write a review. This is not the worst book I've listen to, but the largest waste of time. Much of the book is boring, uninteresting dialog, followed up with several very annoying characters, from the Chicago Marine who constantly repeated himself in violent outbursts, to the drunk father, evil step mother, to the main character himself who just happens to be the best sailor, rifleman, translator, butterfly collector, and stabby knife guy in the Australian Army, all be the age of 18 years. He should be promoted to General. Choose another book.