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Martyn

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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
    (3266)
    Performance
    (2304)
    Story
    (2305)

    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!"
    "Shortens the car ride"
    Overall

    A fun story - bit silly to have Dickens, Artful Dodger show up - but I understand the reference, even though the attempt to mimic Dickens' atmospherics is strained at times.

    It sounds like I am alone in my assessment of the narration - the droning, whiney voice was hard to deal with. Also could not help noticing that there was the same "once-size-fits-all" voice for each upper class Brit, and the voice of Ikey is straight from Fagin's in the "Oliver" musical.So I would recommend for the car ride - otherwise stick to "Oliver Twist" and "The Fatal Shore".

    3 of 12 people found this review helpful

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