I have loved many of Bryce Courtenay's books and bought this when I heard he had passed away. I finished listening to it in honor of the other Courtenay books I loved.................but I didn't love it. I could have stopped listening. It had similar elements to many of his other books and the story moved slowly. It could have been much better.Try The Power of One, The Potato Factory Trilogy and Four Fires for outstanding writing and interesting stories that you can't put down. Humphrey Bower was outstanding as the narrator (once again!). I buy books just because he narrates them.I will miss new additions from Bryce Courtenay. Rest in peace.
I really wanted to love this book since I have loved all the others. While I enjoyed most of it, I thought it really dragged in parts. A lot of retelling of tales from the previous books and many more sex scenes. I'm not against sex in the books, the first Outlander book was fairly steamy. But this was over done with sappy dialog and I didn't think it helped the book at all.Time travel…….fun, history…………interesting, love all the characters but oddly enough I found myself bored with so much retelling of info from previous books. I sometimes said, "Yada, yada, yada" to myself as I listened.The story did move forward and we get to know William much better. I will keep loving the series and I hope there is another one coming (years wait!). But unfortunately, this was a weak link for me.
At first I was worried this would end up being a kidnap/murder/torture type book and I was prepared to give it up if it was. I don't listen to that. But this was a terrific story with well developed characters. The narrator did a fabulous job with the voices and drawing you into the story. I was sorry that it ended so soon! You won't be disappointed. Worth the credits!
I greatly enjoyed the first 4 books in the Camel Club series.
Hell's Corner was a serious bore! Terrible plot with ridiculous twists and turns that the characters just narrated what was happening. But the dialog was what really killed it for me. Plodding and pedestrian. They all sounded so dumb, he ruined my image of the characters that I had grown fond of.
Stop listening with Divine Justice (4th book) and you'll be happy with the series.
I am continuing to listen to this book because the reader is fantastic. One of my all time favorites. But nothing is happening in this book and I'm nearly done! I'm disappointed. I have listened to numerouse Bryce Courtenay books and I love them. I thought I'd try a different author with Australia as the background. No comparison. Stick with Courtenay!
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