This book ranks in the top 5% or all the books I have listened to. I didn't want to do anything else except listen to this book once I got started
Like all Bryce Courtenay's books, I love his quirky, fascinating, lovable characters and uniqueness of his story lines.
Leading characters are invariably beautiful Christmas cards and his villains as nasty as parking tickets. His stories contain lectures on factual subjects which slow them down a bit but I still wanted to plough through to the end...where poetic justice is generously given out.
I am missing B.C already.The reading is impeccable.
It was the best of times and the worst of times. This tale is a bit Dickensian - a coming of age tale with a very cheerful and fulfilling ending. Jack of Diamonds is Courtenay at his best - an excellent blend of social history, character development and pure adventure. I'm now keen to learn poker.
EVERYTHING..... A great journey through Jack's life with the perfect ending.
What happened at the end. (Don't want to spoil the end)
It is too long... But it is SOOO good, it is hard to put down.
All though I was almost ready to stop listening at times, I did not. Jack Spade did hold me interested through out and the narration helped much.
Good story and characters but often seemed repetitive and slow moving. I think the abridged version may have been more enjoyable.