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Brother Fish | [Bryce Courtenay]

Brother Fish

From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.
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Publisher's Summary

From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama and war story of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life. Jack McKenzie is a harmonica player, soldier, dreamer, and small-time professional fisherman from a tiny island in Bass Strait. Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan is a strong-willed woman hiding from an ambiguous past in Shanghai. Larger than life, Private Jimmy Oldcorn was once a street kid and leader of a New York gang. Together, they reap a vast and not always legitimate fortune from the sea. Narrated by celebrated, award-winning actor Humphrey Bower.

©2004 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2004 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd.

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  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Literary Fiction

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    Debra Twin Bridges, MT, United States 01-04-11
    Debra Twin Bridges, MT, United States 01-04-11 Member Since 2005

    Mom, married, website designer, portfolio manager in self-imposed exile (yeah Greg Smith!!), former California native, Episcopalian.

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    "Didn't Want It To End...."

    And Brother Fish is a very long book. I loved the characters, their histories, and their quirks. I have recommended this book more than any other this year. If you want to sit back with a well-written, good story, you'll get your money's worth with Brother Fish.

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    Peggie Lansing, KS, United States 10-16-10
    Peggie Lansing, KS, United States 10-16-10 Member Since 2001
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    "Stick With It, It Gets Interesting"

    Started this book once and just couldn't get into it. While I love Australian accents, one recounting military actions just didn't work for me. I think it's a pretty slow start, but about 1.5 to 2 hours in, it really becomes story rich.

    We follow Jacko and Jimmy into two wars, the first with little action, the second with more action than they wanted. They become POWs and even attempt an escape.

    Finally Jacko and Jimmy make it back to Australia and meet up with a former friend of Jackos. They all go into the fishing business, with some very intriguing stories both out fishing and from former experiences.

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    Tom Mission Viejo, CA, United States 09-03-10
    Tom Mission Viejo, CA, United States 09-03-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Not your typical novel"

    This was not a war story, although much of it involves the Korean War. It was much more a narrative about three people; who they are and how their lives were intertwined. I liked it because the three main characters had very interesting stories and how these characters came together as friends was also interesting. Well written by the author, and, of course, well read by Humphrey Bowser. There is no overall plot, or suspense, or action or anything like that, but I found it very entertaining.

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    John Aliso Viejo, CA, United States 08-22-10
    John Aliso Viejo, CA, United States 08-22-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Fabulous"

    I loved this book. It held my interest all the way through. Bruce in Van Nuys apparently did read a different book. Loved the Korea sections and the historical insights. The narrator was also great. Don't listen to the paranoid christian reviewers. They see criticism around every corner. This is a very uplifting book without being holier than thou.

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    Cheryl 06-29-10
    Cheryl 06-29-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    Bryce Courtney is one of the best Authors I have ever had the pleaser to experience. I can feel his every word. Real life tales. They make me cry and laugh.
    I also like the history lessons. Courtney mixes history with ficion with poetic chemistry.
    Humphrey Bower makes Courtneys novels come alive.
    He has spoiled me. Bower is a number one narrator!!!!
    Can't get enough of Courtney and Bower!!
    Dianne Boyd

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    John Columbia, TN, United States 05-17-10
    John Columbia, TN, United States 05-17-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Far to Amazing"

    I wish more of the circumstances they faced had been a little more grounded in reality. Everything fell to neatly in place and worked out to perfectly. Like the time I went to India to shoot a Bengal Tiger and gave Gandhi a ride, and met the King of England, who asked me to be on their Cricket Team because they had a sick player, but I scored the winning point as the game ended, and was invited to dive off of the Gibraltar Rock, which I did, and swam the straits in a hurricane while having a Throwdown with Bobby Flay in an intertube.

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    Holly Jo 05-06-10
    Holly Jo 05-06-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Holy Humphrey Bower!!"

    What an amazing narrator!!! I can't say enough about how great he is and the unbelievable feat he accomplished by creating so many disparate and believable charactor voices. Bryce Courtenay is also an incredible writer. Interesting and real characters... intriguing storylines... heartwarming relationships... great dialogue (loved his colloquial speech)... BUT, I think this book would be better read vs. listened to. Courtenay has a habit of saying the same thing in many different ways. It gets tedious and repetitive and I found myself daydreaming while I was listening. Much could have been cut out. That is the only reason for the 4 rating. Otherwise, it would be a resounding 5. I'm going to read The Power of One vs. listen to it.

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    Amanda Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 07-16-09
    Amanda Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 07-16-09
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    "Not a bad read..."

    I liked the story, very interesting but wayyyy too much detail that wasnt necessary. At certain points i couldnt even concentrate because the detail would just go on and on. A fair read but not highly recommended for someone who doenst like long drawn out books.

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    Jennifer Woods 05-19-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Great book but"

    a little hard going for the first third or so. Went on a bit. Plus the end was strange after the slowness of the book there was so much happening at the end it seemed to have been written in a hurry to finish. A good read all the same.

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    Paul Van Nuys, CA, United States 08-23-08
    Paul Van Nuys, CA, United States 08-23-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Brother Bore"

    What started as a wonderful book gets bogged down with the Nicole saga. Told in recollection with a BORING, droll, and monotonous tone, it drags the story down, down, down. Five stars for the beginning, none for end.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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