Courtenay pulls no punches via his main character. The Korean War, being a POW, Australia and racism, America as seen from the outside circa 1950.... you get it all. The story is engrossing. It ranges far and wide. Bryce Courtenay tells a great tale.... and from the author of Power of One I would expect no less.
The performance is quite good but the content is so wonderful who notices all that much. This ranks with some of the very best I have heard in my decade at Audible.
The entire account is riveting.
Values enrich everyone around you. And that confirms what I knew but really drives it home.
Really listen to the sample at least this is wonderful material.
I have been a "serious listener" of audible.com since 1998 or 9.
I own more than one thousand audiobooks. This is second behind
Pat Conroy's The Prince of Tides on my list of favorite audiobooks.
You will need a strong stomach at times. This is a many twisting tale. I was transported. Really.
this book can alter the way you watch a football game. You WILL notice the line play and the constant pressure of rusher to get to the QB. Beneath all that is a another, very different story of a quiet young man of unique physical gifts and of abject neglect and poverty. The football teams want him for what he can become: an all pro left tackle. He is used to a solitary, impoverished life of fending for himself; he distrusts those who can help him with food clothing and shelter. Point and counter-point, Lewis writes a true story that is compelling to hear. A tale very very well told.
the reading is good but the book itself is a mixed bag: interesting exploration of school bullying but too many obvious plot devices. the unabridged is long and it does drag.
While Archer freely admits he borrowed the main framework of the plot from Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo, the Archer tale is entertaining and this audiobook is well read. While I would scarcely call the current retelling classic literature it holds your attention and the listener is drawn in to the point where you end up rooting for Danny Cartwright. Where it does depart from Dumas you might end up thinking about the "cutting one's losses' versus 'standing on principle' decisions in your own life...
I was unable to stop listening to this book and finished it
in less than three days.
The book really held my attention. Hardy is a great writer. The reading is easy on the ears and clear. Considering the classical nature of this work, the quality, and the length, I highly recommend it.
this is a terrific listen. it is so sad that it is abridged. do not look for a history of the American civil war. This book is not about that. The US Civil War merely is a backdrop to the story here. The story of this book is the Lincoln administration. It makes Lincoln understandable as a person. The account of the assasination is particularly riveting. I feel I understand his cabinet esp Stanton much better now. Too bad it isnt full length like her book on FDR.
the writing is just wonderful and the narration is pretty good.
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