©2004 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2004 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd.
The voice of the reader is the most incredible. You sometimes have to bang your head to remember that only one voice is doing all the characters. He is amazing. And the story is rich with history, love, passion, fight for the rights of humanity.......it has it all. Great book.
After listening to The Potato Factory, Brother Fish seemed to get off to a slow start but don't let that put you off. It gradually builds and you experience the better part of a lifetime with the characters. The last 10 minutes found me sitting with my eyes closed trying to absorb every word and crying as it ended. Good story about believable people. I can't say enough about the narrator, Humphrey Bower!!! I wish all books could be narrated by him. He is beyond superb.
LOVE Bryce Courtenay's work; adore Humphrey Bower's delivery (1/2 the reason to get a book to try out! Fantastic theatre!) I am listening to this book after FOUR FIRE'S (which I loved) and it seems that this book has a similar story line, character's and not enough dialogue. I am 4 hrs into the 1st part and am considering shelving it for a year or so. I am bored. Please understand that I have read/listened to 7 books which might be a factor. My favorite is the Australian Trilogy.
May find another Humphry Bower tho!
The narration wins this book over for me. The different accents and attitudes portrayed during conversations is just excellent. With dramatic history lessons througout to keep me entertained. This is my 1st by the author and narrator and now another two to add to my favorites. :)
Mom, married, website designer, portfolio manager in self-imposed exile (yeah Greg Smith!!), former California native, Episcopalian.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
An engaging story spanning decades in the lives of three people who prove that diversity makes for strength. The combination of Jacko's passion, Jimmy's wisdom, and Nicole's brains and business acumen result in a life well lived for all three. Although in one respect this is a war story, the Korean war really just sets the foundation of the friendship, which, along with the story, continues long after the end of the war. This book is atypical of the kinds of material I usually read, and it turned out to be a good choice. 4 stars rather than 5 because the last quarter of the book dragged on a bit, and because the narrator annoyingly sings too many verses of several songs. Still, it's a good story, well worth the considerable investment of time to listen to it.
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