I gained a whole new appreciation of Ricky Gervais after listening to this....ended up heading to blockbuster and rented out all his stand up dvd's funny funny guy!
The colour of the characters in this book are as real as if they were standing in front of you. Bryce Courtenay is such a great writer that I struggle to read anything else for fear it won't stack up! please persevere with the detailed explanations you will appreciate their necessity as the story progresses. As for the comments on Christianity, if you lived in Ireland, England or Australia during this period in history, you would be more appreciative of the accuracy of the authors comments as these were very much fire and brimstone days - well done once again Mr Courtenay and Mr Bower (faultless narration)
As an Irish Australian with family in Balmain I found this book compelling. Typical Bryce Courtenay with detail so intricate you can almost smell the scene.
Bryce brings to us another collection of characters with whom we laugh, cry and ride their individual emotional roller-coasters. listen out for the hilarious description of the Egyptians by Half Dunne (Danny's father) as he enthralls the pub patrons with his interpretation of how mummies are prepared (I had tears rolling down my cheeks and almost had to pull the car over)
Top Marks Mr Courtenay.
I never enter a posting without acknowledging the Narrator - Humphrey Bower is the best in the business - If you require an easy listening style combined with a gambit of character voices that doesn't require you to exhaust your imagination then look no farther than Humphrey Bower, he is such a talented individual...so much so that I search for books using the narrator as the keyword.
An absolutely fantastic sequel to the Potato Factory. Bryce Courtenay is a literary magician and once again takes us on an emotional roller coaster as we follow the lives of the X Solomons (Tommo and his brother Hawk) The journey is brought to life with the narration of Humphrey Bower who weaves his genius to create such an authenticity that envelopes the listener to a degree that you feel you are a character in the story observing every event - Fantastic!
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