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