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.
Look, OK will cover it. Not really me and bought on a whim because I missed the Northern European place names and environment delivered through the Tattoo Series but it was all a bit silly in the end. No that's a bit hard, look it is light easy listening and not taxing so if you have a spare credit and nowhere to go, well give it a try.
Great at all levels; just one of those books that should grace any audio library and get pullled out time and time again.
You really do need to be inside the Australian mind for this tale because it is so rich in colloquialisms and no 'dictionary' to turn too, for the ear that is not in tune with our vernacular, this could be a challenge. If you do have the ear, well me ol' mate, she's just a beudy! (See what I mean?) For those on the fence, try it in any case, you may miss a few bits but it should still bring a tear or two.
Good audio fodder, good tale, well read, not too much grey matter needed and just what you expect from TC. That being said, I am not sure these days just how much is coming from the 'master' and how much from his surrogate. It shows.
Call me ignorant, point the finger at me and laugh a pitiful laugh but I just didn't get it. Everyone I know loved it, loves the movie, thinks it is genius but for this Antipodean Audiofile, I didn't quite abandon ship but boy did I feel like it. Maybe I am missing the Spiritual Gene or am not a Zoo-a-holic, I don't know but don't blame me if you listen and get befuddled like me.
Great and must be followed up with the sister book. Performance was great but for some of the British and European pronunciations but this is certainly not the fault of Kevin, it is the Director's failing.
Its all been said. If the War is your thing, if the Holocaust a sin of humanity you don't want to forget and historical references are important in grounding your perceptions, this will do you proud. A real pleasure that was well and truly enriched by Pariseau's treatment. Now the following in no way reflects upon the read or the book but please, if you are dealing in things and places around the globe, the director needs to get the pronunciation right, it is not up to the voice actor to know everything about the places he or she is being asked to read about.
When you have a book of four or more 'discs' you have a long tale. Migrating a positive army of characters through time and place and keeping them working is a masterful skill and Follett is indeed a master. John Lee takes a bit of getting used to but when you get into his idiosyncratic delivery it works and works well. If you are a 'boomer' from this period it will have extra resonances bringing things into focus often not explored in period specific books. If you like modern history that is tweeked with a reasonable amount of literary spice licence then put this on your list.
Complex and not easy to follow but good general listen if you are not concerned with the intellectual process.
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