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  • Sylvia

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (60)
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    (61)

    From master storyteller Bryce Courtenay comes a colorful, lusty story set in the 13th century, an epic tale of a Europe torn by religious intolerance. The story centers around Sylvia Honeyeater, who sings like an angel and can literally charm the birds from the trees. The narrative also features the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Francis of Assisi, the Muslim Sultan and his harem, and the fervor that becomes the Children's Crusade and then, later, the Crusades.

    G. stone says: "a departure for Bryce"
    "Ears hurt"
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    What made the experience of listening to Sylvia the most enjoyable?

    The story itself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sylvia Honeyeater-she overcame so much.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Edwina Wren?

    Someone with a soft clear voice and NO ACCENT!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I actually stopped on chapter 9 and downloaded Bryce Courteney's "Fishing for the Stars". I read "The Persimmon Tree" before this book, and felt the need to get back to Nicholas.


    Any additional comments?

    for Bryce this was a departure and I can’t blame him for trying something new—the narrator was not the best—she kept trying to add a German accent to the script's characters, it led to a high pitched tone and it didn’t work. It actually hurt my ears when I used my headphones.

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  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3354)
    Performance
    (2379)
    Story
    (2383)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "The 1st book I read that Bryce Courtenay wrote!"
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    Where does The Potato Factory rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best! I really enjoyed it. There were parts that made me cry and some that made me laugh out loud too! I enjoyed a good laugh a few times when things went haywire for the characters. Great read if you enjoy reading about how things were in the 1800 in good olde England and then on to Australia. What a hard life the lower middle class led at that time. How dirty the people were, seems like they never bathe and how horrible the children were treated by the grown-ups. Still the truth is in the print when it comes to how things were. Thank you Bryce.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Potato Factory and why?

    Mary Abacus was so strong and intelligent. She would have fit in great in today's society. She overstepped her bounds in the life of olde England. She paid dearly for this and I cried for her. She is my Heroin of the trilogy.


    Any additional comments?

    I was so saddened by the passing of Bryce Courtenay. I read about his life and short fight against cancer. I have read all his books and the only one I didn't care for was "Sylvia" and that was because the orator made me cringe when she spoke. I believe that would have been a good book if read aloud by another person.

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  • Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1095)
    Performance
    (755)
    Story
    (748)

    The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

    Robert says: "Hit in the solar plexus"
    "Can't Turn It Off!"
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    If you could sum up Four Fires in three words, what would they be?

    The Mulroney Family is a wonderfully close, loving family with the matriarch of Nancy as having the most opinionated and having the most practical logic a person could imagine. I love Mole and Bozo and all the Mulroney children. The characters in this book had me laughing and crying and just plain enjoying their lives as they all go along learning and growing. Each one a different personality, all coming together as a loving family. Great listen. I love long audiobooks because you get to know the characters completely. Bryce Courtenay is one of the most imaginative writer's I have listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mole because he is telling the story and being a young man, the way he looks at life is just simply put: wonderful.


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    My imagination, as I listen to the characters I can see each one in a light I wouldn't see them in if I were reading. When reading I am trying to read each word as not to miss anything. When I listen: I hear each word and my mind's eye sees all of the picture.


    Who was the most memorable character of Four Fires and why?

    Tommy--he is so misunderstood and yet so brutally honest in his character.


    Any additional comments?

    Way to go Bryce Courtenay. I have read many of the books this author has written and they all come home to me as if I were in the story. Just watching all the going's on and enjoying the laughs when they laugh and the tears when they cry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cemetery Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1546)
    Performance
    (777)
    Story
    (774)

    Captain Hayward leads the official homocide investigation, while Pendergast, D'Agosta, and Nora undertake a private quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them into a part of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here they find their true peril is just beginning.

    J. says: "Not for the faint of heart OR animal lovers"
    "Pendergast-wow what a guy"
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    What made the experience of listening to Cemetery Dance the most enjoyable?

    I have listened to this book twice in the last year and each time I found something interesting in it I didn't pick up the first time. I am reading the books in order now that I know there is an order to them. I had read several prior to going onto the Preston-Childs website. That's where I found the books in Chronological order. Although I just completed "Fever Dreams" and "Cold Vengence". This is a trilogy. Waiting patiently for last of these books too. I will reread the ones I had read prior to finding out about the listed order of Lincoln Childs and Douglas Preston books. Kenneth Follett and these two men are my favorite authors. They keep me guessing and have reawakened my imagination. Thank you all.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Pendergast and his side kick. Love the male butlers too. His family's freaky history.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Best suspense movie since "Cape Fear".


    Any additional comments?

    Preston & Childs are the best and I would recommend these books to everyone over the age of 18 years.

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