As an author Bryce is one of the more amazing people who can reach into the emotions and make you feel. Back this up with the history of the time and place and his story is more fact than fiction every time. The reader surrenders and becomes entwined in the world he creates. Humphrey Bower is the best reader I have ever listened to and always does the story justice. I would read anything he narrates. I have now listened to at least 7 Courtenay books and haven't found one I didn't love. I just finished "The Family Frying Pan"
What a wonder he is as an author. 'The Persimmon Tree" was another I would consider a favorite. I was listening well into the early morning hours. The characters will steel your heart as they struggle for normality during the Japanese occupation. There ability to adapt and conquer is an example of human courage and survival. Love overcomes time and trials.
Humor in the face of despair is a trademark of the Bryce stories that I love the most. I would easily recommend any of his book. Totally got hooked on him with the trilogy of the "Potato Factory" That was my first experience and he has been the best reading experience of a life time.
This was the best of the series. All though I loved the whole lot Tommo and Hawk were incredible. Of coarse without Whale Boat they would not be possible. She was such an amazing character in the Potato Factory that I kept her with me through Tommo and Hawk.
I was sorry to have to read the end of this powerful trilogy. Some times you read a book and a week later the story is gone from your mind and some are indelible and leave the ghost to stay with you for all times. This was one of those books you never forget and always want to read again.
The story is captivating, Bryce is the king words. For the first time in a long time I did not feel I was reading at a 6th grade level. He envelopes you in his world, binds you to his people, makes you fall in love with his world. I could not stop reading or wait for the next book in the series. When you are sad to have read the last page you know the writer has done his work with the hand and mind of a work artist. Humphrey Bower is the best reader I have ever heard. He brings to life the authors intended character personality. I laughed and cried and felt the emotions of love and loss along with the anger of injustice. Well done sir.
Love the story intense and witty at the same time. John is a love to hate crazy.
Sad but true as the story line is in keeping with our past and current Islamic terrorist faction situation.
Never ending strife. Hope for peace.
Fell in love with the series. All of the books kept up with my expectations. Louise is consistantly enertaining. Bury your dead was the least of my favorites. But the rest of the series became adictive. I read them all in four weeks. Sorry to see the end. Hope for more
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