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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

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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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    John Columbia, TN, United States 05-17-10
    John Columbia, TN, United States 05-17-10
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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 2011
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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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    Mari San Diego, CA, USA 05-04-10
    Mari San Diego, CA, USA 05-04-10 Member Since 2005
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    "War story"

    I am only 1/3 of the way through, and it is pretty interesting, but I am not much of a war story reader, and so far this book is only about a war story. This was not specified in the overview of the book, and I would not have ordered it if it had been.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bernadine Martin Duluth mn 03-17-10
    Bernadine Martin Duluth mn 03-17-10 Member Since 2008

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    "Not a story but a first rate tale"

    This book is as other Bryce Courtenay's books - a very good read, with various points of view from his protagists, well researched, and just plain interesting. The narrator is my very favorite. As for the "unchristian" statement in another review, I think the reviewer was pretty off base and perhaps should stick to fairy tales.

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    Arthur C. Harrold, Jr. 03-17-10 Member Since 2015
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    "The Power of One plus One"

    Great listen. For the life of me, I cannot believe that the author is anti-christian as one of the reviewers contends. I read "THE SHACK" and loved it, only to find some so called Christians offended with that book also. Bryce has a gift for story telling and he does his homework. North Korea was a hell hole for the GIs and he carried the story line well. I recommend reading "The Power of One" first only because it was his first book and probably has some of his own story buried in the pages. Then this book is an excellent follow-up. You will not be disappointed, even if you are a Christian and love the Lord as I do.

    C

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    Traci A. Hannah USA 06-07-09
    Traci A. Hannah USA 06-07-09 Member Since 2003

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    "Amazing...."

    This was my first Bryce Courtenay books, but will not be my last. I had a very hard time getting started with this book, but that is mainly because I am used to listening to books that do not require me to pay attention. How refreshing. I found myself laughing out loud at James and singing hymns with Brother Fish. I would highly recommend this book - just hang in there through the first part and it quickly picks up and takes you away. I can't wait to listen to his other books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Woods 05-19-09 Member Since 2013
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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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