In the top with most of Bryce Coutenay's books.
When Mike and Sarah make a presentation to the elderly fashion designer who is out of touch with her world.
When Nancy was dying and gave the new alb to the parish priest.
I love Bryce Coutenay's books especially read by Humphrey Bowers. He is a phenomenal reader who makes the characters come alive in stories that may be fictional but contain a wealth of history and human pathos and living.
Well Done. The performance added depth to the characters.
Epic good read. Memorable Characters who drew forth great emotion. I found myself laughing out loud, enraged and near tears at different points in the novel. Not many authors can draw me into such emotional responses. Very well written!
Definitely. It is a story of the triumph of family and friendship, it doesn't get much better
Sarah's pregnancy and struggle to get into medical school after being abandoned by the child's father.
The gathering of the family and the local catholic priest before Nancy's death. She had to have things her way, up until the end. After all of the fuss between her and the priest, over all of the choices she had made during her life, it was good to see them come together toward the end.
Wouldn't change a thing.
Loved the book. The narration by Mr. Bower is always excellent, he has magic in his voice that brings the characters to life.
The authors "Australia Trilogy" is celebrated as his "love letter to Australia," but I found this book to be at least as much so. Like every Courtenay book I have read, it is populated with interesting and charming characters.Courtenay's love of language and dialect comes out in the dialog, and is masterfully conveyed by Humphrey Bower as narrator, whose performance ranks with Jim Dale in the Harry Potter books. The book does not have the epic sweep, however, of some of Courtenay's other books. I thought the story was good but not great and the story and narrative devices did not hang together enough for a 5 star rating.
How would I know ...
He is wonderfully talented. They are all good.
A little too much of Viet Nam.
I think I might listen to all books by the author, as well as this narrator. Both are superior.
I hated for the story to end.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Bryce Courtenay can tell a good story. Four Fires weaves the story of the Maloney family (of Australia, of course) with historical facts of WWII Japanese prison camps, brush fires, Auschwitz, the Australian garment industry and women's rights...among other things!
I don't gravitate to historical fiction...but I have always enjoyed the combination of Bryce Courtenay and Humphrey Bower and will continue to turn to this pair if I want to be sure I'm getting a book I'll enjoy!
Absolutely, This is an amazing story about life in the mid 1900's for a family in Australia. I was captivated by the story and the narrator. He did a wonderful job portraying the characters in the novel.
Mole, Bozo, and Sarah. I could feel the struggles of each of the characters.
The story did drag along at some points but not enough for me to regret one minute of listening. I cannot wait to read and listen to another book by this author and narrator.
A great story engaging story that educated the listeners at the same time about fires, war and the tragic effects.
all the characters had their own stories that fitted well into a great novel the narrator Humphrey Bower does a powerful job of portraying each character
This books works wonderfully as an audio - probably better than reading. The narrator has just the right "Aussie" accent. I was initially concerned that it would be hard to understand as some of the British narrators are (for me), but instead, the whole story felt like a wonderful family tale handed down for others to hear.
I also put off buying this audio because it was so long and I wasn't sure I was that interested in Australian history. Instead, I was sad to get to the end of the audio and I learned so many interesting things about Australia; it was an amazing "read".
Occasionally, the story headed in a direction where I thought I would lose interest but that never happened. I stayed continually engaged. Also, the book, especially the narrators presentation, is very funny. His sharing of childhood interpretations of adult themes makes you laugh out loud. I didn't expect that from this book.
I've recommended this book to my sister who is an avid reader but refuses to try an audio book.