©2004 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2004 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.
This is a great one, well written. The narrator was an excellent choice, perfect for this novel, read with just the right amount of intonation to add realism. Do not be put off by reviews commenting on the over use of one characters full name being used often. Her name must be said in full for the reader to see the characters personality, to give us a glimpse of her as the other characters in the novel did. This is well worth the credit, a wonderful listen.
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.
This is an absorbing novel, my favorite kind, with well developed characters set in real life history situations that take you there in that moment in time. I was engaged from the beginning and didn't want this one to end. I have enjoyed all of Bryce Courtenay's novels but this will be my favorite.
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