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.
Mole because he is telling the story and being a young man, the way he looks at life is just simply put: wonderful.
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.
Tommy--he is so misunderstood and yet so brutally honest in his character.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The story itself.
Sylvia Honeyeater-she overcame so much.
Someone with a soft clear voice and NO ACCENT!
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.
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.
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.
Pendergast and his side kick. Love the male butlers too. His family's freaky history.
Best suspense movie since "Cape Fear".
Preston & Childs are the best and I would recommend these books to everyone over the age of 18 years.
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