Every time I begin to read a Bryce Courtenay story, I am thinking to myself, "How can this one be as good as the last one I read?", and every time I am quite surprised to find that the one I'm reading is just as fantastic as all the others! His stories are all different, but engaging and interesting all the same.
In this story, which is, incidentally read by the INCOMPARABLE Humphrey Bower (so wonderful and easy to listen to and whose voice is perfect for Bryce's stories) there are characters who fall on hard times and through his/her life experiences, find a way to conquer his/her demons. Going along for the ride, learning for ourselves along the way, make this book, as all the others, great listens.
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.
I will miss Bryce Courtenay's work so very much. His writings are so uplifting, as his characters overcome their demons and at times, tragedies and somehow seem to rise above them and learn from them.
This story was just as wonderful as the others. It is part 1 of a series of 2 (the next is Tommo and Hawk) and is about a woman who ventures out trying to find work in a man's world, suffers consequences as a result of this and spends a good part of her life rising above all of these misfortunes to a level that I found very uplifting. What a testiment to the human spirit!
As always, Humphrey Bower is a joy to listen to; his voice fits Bryce's work so well, and he does different characters so convincingly that you forget that it's one person narrating!
All in all, a wonderful read, I am greatly saddened by Mr. Courtenay's death and the stories that he had yet to tell. RIP Mr. Courtenay, and thank you for gracing us with your words.
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