As with all of the other Courtenay books I've read, this one was also phenomenal. The storyline was very engaging, characters likable, and there is always a wonderful moral to his stories. This one had me engaged until the very end. What a wonderful writer Bryce Courtenay is, weaving a full, rich, colorful book every time!
Humphrey Bower is a super narrator for these books, love his accents.
What a great saga! Loved the history and the Australiana. I'm a Kiwi but we share much so there was so much that I remembered and related to.
The emotion in the book was also huge, brought me to tears at times and in fits of laughter other times!
The reader also did a great job, managing young and old, male and female with ease.
A must read!
Yes I would and have done already.
Mole Maloney for sure! The story was told through his eyes.
Mrs Rika Ray. She was fantastic. Bower did a great job of all the characters.
Tommy Maloney-be great to talk to him about his experiences!
No, I never listen to books twice. Too many books out there!
Father and son "going bush" when the father told of his life before kids (the war, etc) and we found out why is is the way he is.
His tone of voice and Australian accent
Now listening to another Bryce Courtenay, Jessica. Love it too.
I don't know.
None in particular, I enjoyed the narrator who was the character "Mole".
Loved his narrative, rarely does a performance made story come to life as Humphrey did. Accents did not sound pitifully fake as many narrators do. Even the women's voices were appealing. I would listen to more of his narrations.
The mother, I liked her attitude.
I really enjoyed this read. Didn't expect the narration to be through a child's eyes, but I quickly got over that and came to enjoy it. GREAT performance. I felt at times that the author was being a little too instructive, but appreciated his desire to share some fascinating information. The single perspective was limiting at times - as indicated by the author needing to justify how the narrator could possibly be privy to some of the incidents he relates. I think this story might have had the potential to be a future classic if the internal voices of the individual characters had been present - allowing for greater complexity and sophistication in thinking and feeling than could be offered through the boy narrator's eyes. I loved the characters and had no trouble empathising with them and caring about their stories. I thought a couple of the characters were a bit too stereotypical, almost to the extent of parody, but on the other hand the complex portrayal of Tommy (and his relationships) was exquisitely handled. LOVED the descriptions of the Australian man-made and natural landscapes. Altogether a highly recommended read.
A fantastic story weaving though decades and lives presenting an incredible window into the family and life in Australia. If you like James Michener or Wilbur Smith, this should be on your list. I immediately downloaded one of his other books - The Potato Factory. Looking forward to another great listen.
On a Sunday, I ride my motorcycle to Maracas Bay Beach while listen. When I get there up goes the hammock, and I then listen to my audiobook
One great yarn
This is a true insight to Australian Psyche
Australian humor at its best
Rooting for the underdog
could not understand at times
I love scott brick and he has ruined me in the area of narration
You don't get any better than Bryce Courtenay / Humphrey Bower. I don't know who is most important of the two. As I listen to my 900 Audible books, I am more and more convinced that the narrator can make a good listen or completely ruin a book that should have also been just as great.
Humphrey Bower is the best narrator I've heard, period!
You can't go wrong with this combination if you're looking for entertainment.