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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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    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
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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 Listener Since 2006

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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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    Nancy Gardiner, NY, United States 10-20-11
    Nancy Gardiner, NY, United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2014
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    "It takes you on a journey that you hate ends"

    I was hesitant to begin such a long book but was immediately entranced by the narrator, the characters, their story and the history. I came to love and truly admire the main characters of Jacko, Jimmy and the Countess. They are all quiet heroes. The friendship, compassion and love that spanned decades was heart warming. The story was always entertaining. The narration was perfect. The book was a great listen.

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    Janneyb 10-17-11
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    "Hard for me to follow"

    I tried listening to this book, but I had trouble following the story. I drive for my job, and I'm driving as I listen, so maybe that had something to do with it. It just seemed like the story line was all over the place. The reader was fine, but I like more of a progressive story, this went back a lot to things that happened in the past. I tried for 2 days, and then I gave up, and I don't do that very often.

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    Joan Rice, VA, United States 10-13-11
    Joan Rice, VA, United States 10-13-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Epic Story"

    This book is awesome!! I almost gave up on it during the first part download when the writer went on an on about the Korean war. Am so very glad I continued. The author has put together the lives of 3 people in such depth. And as he continued through their stories, they just came alive. Now that I'm finished, I find myself thinking about them! The reader did an excellent job on narration especially given the various accents. Excellent listen.

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    olaf Maui, HI, United States 10-11-11
    olaf Maui, HI, United States 10-11-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Possibly one of the best listens ever"

    The combination of an incredible narrator and a gifted writer is what makes this audio book truly remarkable. Courtenay takes you on journey spanning 3 generations - the most difficult and yet exciting of the last century, and he does it with a no nonsense style I can appreciate so much.

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