I have read several of Bryce Courtenay's books and have enjoyed them all, and this one is no exception. Without telling you the story, it is a story about two twin brothers coming of age amidst great misfortune in their lives and of the powerful bond that siblings, especially twins, can have.
It was a very interesting read which kept me engaged the entire time, Bryce makes you care about these characters and want to know what happens next in their lives. The only thing that could be a negative for me is that I felt that the story ended a bit abruptly for my taste.
I must also mention Humphrey Bower, he was BORN to read Bryce Courtenay's books; so perfect and talented in every way.
I loved the humor of the main character and the scientific subject matter.
A very well written, interesting throughout, and a very unique story.
No, I haven't, but I need to!
I was nicely surprised with this book; a very engrossing, entertaining and thought provoking story.
Courtroom without drama
There was no character that really grabbed me.
Not really, they all sounded similar. There are many negative comments about the narrator, and although he wasn't great and he was guilty of emphasizing at the wrong times, he wasn't too annoying or displeasing for me to tolerate listening to him; and I am kind of picky when it comes to narrators. I wouldn't avoid a good book if he was the narrator.
Just a so-so courtroom drama; it kept my attention somewhat.
Yes, because the different voices of the characters make it feel more real.
My favorite character was probably Nick, because regardless of his flaws, I still liked him. He was basically a good person who made mistakes, while his wife was just plain crazy, conniving, dangerous, and sociopathic.
The Dangers of Marriage
This book was an enjoyable, slow burn which kept you guessing through a good part of the book. When the reader understands what is going on, it is a shocker.
The narrator's voice was very pleasant to listen to, until she performed the male characters, which sounded like a baby pirate(arrrrrrrrr). Thus, I found her male "voices" quite annoying.
I would start from scratch! Not to give anything away, but it just seemed to go on and on about the same "theme".
The only thing I liked about this book was the narrator; his voice was like "buttah" and his many character changes were all different and believable; a very talented narrator. This genre may not be for me, but the book read, to me, like an juvenile Hardy Boys story. I just didn't keep my attention, I thought it dragged on and on and the ending was very abrupt.
I don't think so. If it is similar to the book I just read, it would be a no.
I guess so, for those people who enjoyed the story.
The character development and the insights into the mind of a demented serial killer were the most interesting.
This book was 24 or so hours long, and you would never know it! I had a slower(not slow) build-up, good character development, and the investigative process kept me very interested.
His voice is pleasing to listen to, and he was able to perform different voices without it being obvious.
The character development, the characters themselves, and the somewhat "dark" humor
There are lessons to be learned, and all of its flawed characters teach us those lessons.
Her voice inflections greatly added to the story, she has a very pleasing voice to listen to.
How to avoid a "train wreck" in life.
The story droned on just a bit in areas, but the characters were so entertaining that I didn't mind.
No, because it was a bit too convoluted and confusing for me to follow. The storyline didn't quite make sense to me.
It wasn't really all that interesting.
It was a well written story with well developed characters.
His voice was pleasing to listen to, and he performed the different characters extremely well.
No it was a long story, but it was hard for me to turn it off.
Very interesting, well written story that left me wanting more.
I am going to be so sad when I've read the last Bryce Courtenay book. All of his stories, as this one is, are so inspirational and thought provoking and oh, so interesting.
This story centers around a derelict who befriends a young boy, who makes a profound difference in the older man's life and vice versa. Humphrey Bower is superb, as usual, and I always forget that it is him narrating and not the "real" character, which is the mark of a great narrator!
I am not personally an addict(well, food/sugar I am guilty of!) but there were moments in the book where I was quite moved and realized things in my own life that were relative to the story. Now that's a bonus; a great read with a little therapy mixed in!
The only reason I gave the story 4 stars is that the ending left me wanting a bit more; it seemed to come to a bit of a halt for me. But that may just be that I can't get enough of Bryce Courtenay's and Humphrey Bower's story telling.
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