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R.

Ulmarra, Australia

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  • Jack of Diamonds

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (601)

    Born and raised in a poor, working-class family in Toronto, Jack Spayd is the son of an unhappy marriage. After being taken under the wing of "Miss Frostbite", the owner of a local jazz club, Jack becomes a gifted musician, playing piano and harmonica. Fame and the allure of gambling takes him to Vegas, and prospects of fortune take him to the Belgian Congo, where he's heard it's possible to earn big money working in the most dangerous parts of the local copper mines.

    Brodie says: "On the Day we lost Bryce"
    "Not quite up to previous books but still brilliant"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, we have listened to many, he has the ability to change characters which keeps the listener totally involved in the story.
    In the future we will look for other authors books that are narrated by Mr.
    Humphrey Bower.


    Do you think Jack of Diamonds needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    We are sure that a follow up book was in the late authors mind.


    Any additional comments?

    We have listened to 13 of Bryce Courtenay books all narrated by Humphrey Bower and have enjoyed all books, we will continue collecting the rest of the late authors books.
    The late Mr. Bryce Courtenay will be sadly missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When the Lion Feeds

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Tim Pigott-Smith
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Into the wilds of Natal in the 1870s are born Sean and Garrick Courtney, the twin brothers who could not be more different. Fate, war, and the jealous schemes of a woman are to drive them even further apart. But as history unfolds, a continent is awakening. And on its horizon is the promise of fortune, adventure, destiny, and love.

    R. McGrath says: "Crudely abridged"
    "Enjoyable listening"
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    Story
    Would you listen to When the Lion Feeds again? Why?

    Maybe in the future.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The overall picture built of Africa


    What does Tim Pigott-Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He adds character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many moving moments, a few tears shed.


    Any additional comments?

    Haven;t read may of the Wilbur Smith books but have found the ones read are all enjoyable,.Will look for them in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1148)
    Performance
    (803)
    Story
    (798)

    The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

    Robert says: "Hit in the solar plexus"
    "Great Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Four Fires the most enjoyable?

    Accurate to time, know the area, brings back a lot of good memories.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Four Fires?

    Vision of the bushfire at it was raging into the town of Yankolilly


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Listened to many audible books and found Humphrey Bower to be by far the best narrator I have heard to date.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, if time allowed


    Any additional comments?

    Love the the combination of the late Bryce Courtenay and Humphrey Bower.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fishing for Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (346)

    Nicholas Duncan is a semi-retired shipping magnate who resides in idyllic Beautiful Bay in Indonesia, where he is known as the old patriarch of the islands. He is grieving the loss of his beautiful Eurasian wife, Anna, and is suffering for the first time from disturbing flashbacks to WWII, the scene of their first meeting and early love. His other wartime lover is the striking Marg Hamilton, a powerful and influential political player in Australia who has remained close to Nick.

    Johnnie Walker says: "Audible Bought the Wrong Book"
    "Interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Fishing for Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best


    What did you like best about this story?

    It completed "The Persimon Tree"


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have listened to many and this one ranks with the best


    Any additional comments?

    Love the combination of Bryce Courtenay & Humphrey Bower

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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