My favorite Bryce Courtenay book before reading FOUR FIRES was TANDIA (although I rated most of his books 5 stars or 4 stars), but FOUR FIRES is right up at the top of my favorites. Courtenay's books are so well-researched that you learn a lot whether it be about AIDS, apartheid, alcoholism and (in this book) personal history slowly revealed in a powerful and beautifully written final "going bush" trip with Tommy and Mole (the son). Humphrey Bower as always reads the book so well that I have trouble hearing anyone else read something by Bryce Courtenay (as I did with JESSICA although it was also the worst of Courtenay's books). It's a long saga of this family (the Malonie's) and people they interact with including an Indian herbalist, two concentration camp survivors, snobs, a pries tin the Catholic Church, bigots, fire fighters, the garment district, the Australian soldiers in World War in the struggle with Japan, and ends with Australia's role in Vietnam.
A lot about illusionism and magic tricks. I found it pretty interesting. George Guidall as always is great.
Another murder mystery but with Perry's ironic tone - not quite as good as the Butcher's Boy - but I enjoyed most of it (needed an edit or tightening towards the end). Robertson Dean does a good job
A child's sadness is painful and this book is full of unhappy children past and present until the last hour.
Perry + Kramer = ideal combo. Really fun book - OK, the underlying story sounds violent - but It's just not that kind of book. There is a distance in the telling that allows you to care, but you're not sure about who. Nobody is a really "good hero" but everyone is human and tries hard and it all works. Highly recommended.
The story is beautiful - and tender. And wide-ranging. It deals with blindness (on multiple levels), World War II, a small girl blind whose mother died in childbirth and whose father teaches her to explore and see in a way few of us can, a small boy (an orphan) who is an electronics savant - their separate childhoods, adolescence, meeting - and so much more. The reader isn't bad, but his pronunciation of French words, cities, areas is bad and distracting if you speak fluent French . Overall he was good, I just wish someone had tutored him a bit or he had sought out someone to help him hear better the language.
Note to self - don't buy anything by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston or read by Scott Brick. The combination is lethal.
We've all read about the Kamikaze pilots to navy ships around Okinawa but not that many about the navy seamen experienced the horror. There's been a lot written about WWII in Europe and the horrors, but fewer about the war around Japan. W.E.B. Griffin does to some extent but his books focus on personalities and their lives. This book gets more into the nitty gritty and yet gives flesh to the characters. PT Deutermann is good - I've listened to others of his on Audible. This is the first truly historical fiction book of his I've seen. Dick Hill is good as aways. He's an artist in his readings. Do a web search on him - lots awards. The book is good, will hold your attention and feed historical gaps.
The narrator almost ruined the book for me but once I got to the second part, the story took over and I heard him much less and fully entered the reality of the novel. I hadn't read Connelly in awhile. This book (IMHO) is one of his best. it's very current - from racial tensions in urban American cities (I write this as Ferguson Missouri is still a tinderbox), to family dynamics, politics, police department dynamics. I can't say too much without disclosing the story line that deserves to unfold as Connelly intended, but I recommend this book. Just don't let the narrator's stentorian tones and "intensity" discourage you. Forge on - eventually you'll be able to ignore him. It's not a happy book but it's real and substantive..
Reacher as he always is, but with more dimension. He reaches out to a woman who has taken over a division where he used to be the commander. Their both in a "rouch position" but Reacher is so sure of his actions and of this woman's that they ally and escape and then investigate brilliantly what is gong on. Dick Hill is great as always and the book is just plain fun (the usual violence but somehow less dominant on the theme).
Book is great - Nathan is a similar character to John Welles in the Berenson books, or Lee Child's Jack Reacher - in addition he has a complex character that I rapidly grew to like in the script. Other characters are also given complexity. The story is suspenseful and plausible (most of it) I'm pleased to find this series as I've listened to others where I've exhausted the titles. Dick Hill is one of my most favorite narrators.
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