I haven't read the print version but will probably buy it as I have every one of Bryce Courtenay's books. He's the most amazing storyteller.
Jack of course! He's flawed, but brave, innocent but inquisitive, talented and kind, unbiased in any way (like all Bryce's hero and heroines), picks his causes and they are always good ones. Loves his family, is loyal to his friends, and they to him. Makes enemies becos of his actions and views, but always sticks to his beliefs, and stands up for both those, and for others too weak, helpless or bullied to stand up for themselves. But yet, even though he sounds like a super hero he's very real.
I haven't listened to any of Mr. Bower;s any other performances. His voice was perfect for this story.
Jack of course!
I am heartbroken that this is Bryce's last book, and I loved that he realized that we would all want to know what happened in the next book which was "in the writing" and would have flowed out of him in 2013 - so he told us briefly what happens. I am so sad that all his brilliance was condensed into just a few chapters - when it could have been chapters and chapters more - but I am so grateful that he told us the rest of the story. Thank you, Bryce for all your wonderful characters, amazing stories, incredible observations, respect for the truth and for goodness. I loved every flash of writing brilliance, and there were hundreds and hundreds of them in every book.
I would have spent more time on the plot ... I am not sure if I can make it to the next book as I see it's a saga!
There was so much potential for a good story ... but it was all about just 2 characters and the love scenes were endless and repetitive.
In the top 10.
The Tea Rose - for its terrific heroine.
Love her voices and accents.
I cried many times in the book, there are a great number of moments which make you laugh or cry!
Loved this story and have since listened to 2 more of this author's novels. I love how she weaves history into fiction.
I totally looked forward to finding out what happened - even though the events were sometimes hard to listen to ... i very much enjoyed this book,and would rank it 3.5 out of 5 in comparison to other audio books.
Isobel... I so totally sympathized with her actions, and felt desperately sad for her.
I haven't listened to Noah Taylor before, but found the narration interesting and clear. The accent helps with the storyline too.
Yes, but I wouldn't want an abridged version... it was exciting to come back to.
I found it to be a heart rending story well written and well narrated. I would recommend it.
Yes probably. I found the story, while well told, to be depressing and sad.
I would probably have changed the ending - made it more dramatic, more conclusive. The ending is very realistic - which makes it even sadder!
i loved the commentary... having a male and female narrator reflecting the two main characters brought the book to life, their voices perfectly matched the characters.
If this movie were made into a movie, I could have seen a young Nick Nolte taking the male lead. The female lead is a bit more difficult, she would have to be very pretty, blond, petit, but capable of great calculation, and would definitely have to had some form of evil in her portrayal. She would need to be capable of being completely luminous. Perhaps Emma Stone - although she might be too generous.
Yes, it's got good pace, you enjoy and empathize with the characters.
there were several and I would hate to give away the story by explaining them.
His pace of reading is perfect for the story, he gets totally involved. I loved his voices, he had given the characters lots of thought.
The name is perfect.
This was a wondeful story and I couldn't wait to keep picking it up.. it makes my walks amazing no matter the weather.
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