The character development by the writer. As nasty as some of them were, I felt I knew them personally.
What happened to Mary Abacus immediately after getting a job.
Ikey. He was a bad apple, but sometimes he stumbled onto some undeniable truths.
I have just discovered Bryce Courtenay and will isten to every one of his books, especially with the knowledge that Humphrey Bower narrates them all. What a combination of talent!!
Anticlimactic at end.
Bower is my absolutely favorite narrator. However, I did not like his presentation of the characters in this work. His American accents, I thought, were just a little off, and one of the younger characters sounded old.
Dark psychological thriller.
Edit, edit, edit! Some of the vignettes in this long story are riveting, as is the language. Roberts possesses an exacting command of the English language, which I particularly enjoy. However, the work is too long. Of course, it is just as one would expect, considering he is writing it in prison with, shall we say, a lot of time on his hands.
I chose this book because of Humphrey Bower. I intend to listen to most of his narrations, no matter who the author is. My introduction to his voice was in The Potato Factory; I then finished the trilogy, then went on to Four Fires. I just finished And Hope to Die by J. M. Calder, in which I did not enjoy the voices that Bower used. The characters were American, and Bower has a little problem with our dialects. Nonetheless, if you want to listen to top-notch narration, listen to Bower.
Yes - skip a few chapters.
I think this book should have been about half as long as it is. However, I would probably try another go at one of his books, now that he is no longer in prison!
YES!! You must not miss Humphrey Bower as the narrator. He makes Bruce Courtenay's characters come alive and sit with you in your chair. What a delight! And Courtenay is a master storyteller.
Solomon's Song ties up all the loose ends from the other two in the trilogy - The Potato Factory and Tommo and Hawk. You must read The Potato Factory first, which is my favorite. Solomon's Song is a much more somber telling. But what a story!
Why not have a whole banquet?
I would encourage readers to listen to any of Bruce Courtenay's book. I am just fnishing Four Fires and have enjoyed it thoroughly. I plan to listen to all of his books as well as listen to all of Humphrey Bower's narrations, no matter who the author happens to be.
First of all, the narrator grated on my nerves. Can't say exactly why, but you know how it is. Sometimes you really like the voice, and sometimes you don't. Secondly, I thought the plot was rather corny, the characters vague. After a while, I didn't care where the heck Bonnie was.
I particularly didn't like her voice of Bonnie.
I don't think so. The charcters were not very compelling.
I really didn't grow to like the mother, around whom the plot revolved.
George Guidall's voice was the perfect one for this story. If anyone ever sounded like an older sheriff out west, it is he. His performance had a very calming effect, and I enjoyed every minute of the book. I highly recommend it.
Won't tell you - don't want to give anything away!!!
George brought a kind of "down-hominess" to the story.
Yes. I had it on my MP3 player, and it took me only 2 days to finish it. I love to listen while I'm working in the kitchen!
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