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Brother Fish Audiobook

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.

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Literary Fiction

What Members Say

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    Marianna Cleveland Mead, WA, US 04-21-11
    Marianna Cleveland Mead, WA, US 04-21-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Wonderful story.......amazing reader"

    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.

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    Ragna Phillipsville, CA, United States 04-17-11
    Ragna Phillipsville, CA, United States 04-17-11 Member Since 2015
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    "another winner"

    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.

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    Z'Oma 04-01-11
    Z'Oma 04-01-11 Member Since 2013
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    "I love Bryce Courtenay but this book...."

    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!

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    Jon 02-21-11
    Jon 02-21-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Long and excellent"

    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. :)

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    Debra Twin Bridges, MT, United States 01-04-11
    Debra Twin Bridges, MT, United States 01-04-11 Member Since 2013

    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 2015
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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 2009
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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 2016
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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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    LB 05-22-10
    LB 05-22-10
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    "Great story of friendship"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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