Mornington, Australia | Member Since 2009
I finished the book on the day Bryce Courtenay passed away. A sad day for listeners, his family, his fans and for Humphrey Bower, the voice that brought BC’s words to life. Some may well say that this was not his greatest work, the first in a planned series like Tommo & Hawk, but Humphrey Bower did an extraordinary job in bringing it to life with his ‘Canadian’ accent. He is a master and BC was lucky to have him. I enjoyed the tale, it was easy, rich and scene connected well into scene. Good easy listening and I urge all Audible folk who like works from writers outside the US to give this one a go. Buy it as a salute to the living story tellers everywhere who give us joy and take a moment to think about our own mortality. All story tellers like you and me the reader/listener pass on of course but they leave a legacy and BC’s is a great one. Thank you mate for showing the world that the world through Australian eyes is a rich one and we have many a tale to tell.
What I mean by that is if you like books within books that come together then this is your genre. The tentacles start far apart and come together to form the body of the tale. I listened twice because it was easy and 'hopeful'.
I am sorry but I cannot think this was written by TC, it is misses everything that makes his work work. Either he is in his dotage and lost the plot or he is being 'played' by the publishers. Couldn't follow it, the names were all over the place and you lost track, it just made me think 'what is going on here?' This is the only bad report I have ever written for TC and if he DIDN'T actually write it but leant his name to it in some way well then it is a publishing ripoff. If he did write it then it is time to stop, sorry!
I like the McNab tales but they are not always relaible and this was one of those
A little simplistic but in true Courtenay fashion a great little tale that will entertain
Guilty, you sort-a kind-a hope that something new in terms of ideas is going to come out but it doesn't, it didn't.
Good audio wallpaper but it will not drive the intellect in any way or form. Not that intellect is important you understand, but this is a review and this is basic reading/writing
But don't let that turn you off. Great read but complex. A library keeper for re-listening from time to time. Like a good wine I think it will grow on those with the tenacity to go the distance.
Not easy to follow but complex and full bodied with heady overtones that make more sense to the Australian perhaps than others. That being said, worth it for long term repeat listening
I cant say much more to be quite frank. Ordinary. Why I have to say more to meet 'preview' character needs I cannot tell you?
Well that's the lot unless BC left one behind to publish from the grave but I am so glad I left this one to last. I enjoyed all his books to varying degrees but this one hit home and took me to places I had not thought of. Provocative, read brilliantly as you might expect by HB and poignant to say the least. Yes, I would have liked a bigger ending, yes it might be a little predictable but worth every invested second of your listening time.
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