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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.

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Literary Fiction

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    "Simply Awsome"
    What made the experience of listening to Brother Fish the most enjoyable?

    !st Was the reader. Best I have ever heard. Great diction and makes you feel like you right there with him in the story. Also very good story line. Great character developement. Makes the characters come to life. Could not stop listing to the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jimmy Oldcorn


    If you could take any character from Brother Fish out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jimmy Oldcorn


    Any additional comments?

    This reader - linked with this auithor - is a winning combination. Keep up the good work. I never heard of this author or reader unitl Brother Fish. I am on part 3 of 4 parts - and have already purchase all of the rest of his books by this author and reader. Perfect match. I guarantee you will not be diaapointed !

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    M.W. SW USA 12-18-11
    M.W. SW USA 12-18-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Totally worth the credit!"

    I'm pretty stingy with my 5 stars, but this book earned every one of them. This is my second book by this author, and I'll be looking for more. And as for the reader, Humphrey Bower is my new hero. I cannot believe that he was reading both Jacko and Jimmy. Talk about range! Oh, and don't forget the proper English of the Countess. Pairing this reader with this author was an inspired choice. This, and "The Power of One" which was my other read from this author, is my idea of really good storytelling.

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    "A very Australian Story"
    What did you love best about Brother Fish?

    It sometimes touched my heart, sometimes repulsed me, sometimes annoyed me and other times made me laugh.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nearly all the experiences felt real and believable.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Lovely range of accents, pitch and tones.


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    Beth Salem, OR, United States 12-08-11
    Beth Salem, OR, United States 12-08-11 Member Since 2010

    Love Sci Fi and Fantasy books since I was 8, starting reading A Princess of Mars series in Junior High School thanks to my Uncle Lester.

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    "What a surprise!"

    I selected this book to listen to with my husband who loves history. Imagine my surprise when I found how much I enjoyed the book; the history of the Korean war, Australia, and China were riveting and the characters and story are brilliant! I most certainly will read another book by this author.

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    Barbara Nixa, MO, United States 11-27-11
    Barbara Nixa, MO, United States 11-27-11
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    "Not for everyone"

    A bit too long. Perfomance was good. If you like war stories this is one for you.

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    Riki 11-23-11
    Riki 11-23-11
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    "Slow starter but great when you get into it"

    Took awhile to get into this book- lot of info about the Korean war. Quite interesting but alot of war info on individual battles. Once the plot moved past that point, the story got more and more interesting.

    As usual, the narrator, Humphrey Bower, was fantastic. His voice just transports you into the story and keeps you there engrossed.

    I was glad I purchased this book. Worth listening to.

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    Rebecca A. Ropp Mid-Michigan 11-21-11
    Rebecca A. Ropp Mid-Michigan 11-21-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Great story with great characters"

    This book is an excellent character study that spans many countries and an extended time period. Great!

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    Kathleen Cincinnati, OH, United States 11-20-11
    Kathleen Cincinnati, OH, United States 11-20-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Courtenay Outdoes Himself"

    I absolutely LOVED this book and hated for it to end. Courtenay's characters are so well developed and engaging, and the storyline is terrific. Humphrey Bower is a joy to listen to, and in addition to his delightful Australian accent, the man is a brilliant mimic, nailing every accent across a wide range of nationalities. All around a wonderful listening experience by one of the best combos out there!

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    Laura San Franciso, CA, United States 11-04-11
    Laura San Franciso, CA, United States 11-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Bringing Life to History!"

    Wow! Humphrey Bower can really bring a story to life, and this is a doozy! From a Korean POW camp, to the intrigues of Shanghai in the first half of the 20th century, to a terrifying hurricane at sea, the images keep flowing, helped along by really likeable but not perfect human beings caught up in one adventure after another. The details of what it is like to be held captive in Korea are hard to listen to, but there's so much more to the book than that. It held me spellbound!

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    quicksand 10-28-11
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    "Suprisingly well done."

    This was a thoroughly entertaining book all the way through. The performance was excellent and the storyline very engaging. It took me a long time to decide if this was a true story or fiction. Thanks for the great read.

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