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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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    Tracy 05-12-09
    Tracy 05-12-09 Member Since 2008

    Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.

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    "Very Good Listen"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Van Nuys, CA, United States 08-23-08
    Paul Van Nuys, CA, United States 08-23-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Brother Bore"

    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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dusty La Quinta, CA, USA 07-11-08
    Dusty La Quinta, CA, USA 07-11-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Could be my next all time favorite"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marge Princeton, NJ, USA 02-05-08
    Marge Princeton, NJ, USA 02-05-08
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    "Brother Fish"

    Wonderful long tale with excellent narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eve Andover, MA, USA 01-06-08
    Eve Andover, MA, USA 01-06-08
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    "beach reading"

    The story line is naive, but entertaining. Kind of a distant pale version of "Forrest Gump".

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Judith 07-17-07
    Judith 07-17-07
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    "One of His Many Bests"

    I am gradually reading through all of Bryce Courtenay's novels. Most have been riveting. This one is almost like 3-4 novels in one - all with the same characters. It is by far the longest of his very long novels that I've read. I like a long novel that continues to entertain. As usual, Bryce Courtenay educates while he entertains. I know there are some flaws in this novel, but I'd recommend it to anyone who likes an excellent, satifying tale that is very long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Seattle, WA, USA 06-13-07
    Mark Seattle, WA, USA 06-13-07
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    "Great listen"

    For those who enjoyed “The Power of One”, “Brother Fish” will prove NEARLY as enjoyable. ‘The Power of One’ is hard to top, and admittedly, this offering falls a bit short of that lofty target however, this tale is both engaging and meaningful. Enjoy!

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    I.K. 04-10-07
    I.K. 04-10-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Awesome!"

    I have an hour commute each to and from work, and have to say, I at first thought this book wasn't going to be enjoyable, but I have to say, I sing with this book, I laugh with the book, and I cry with this book. The story is incredible, and the narrator is perfect. This is by far the best audio book I have listened to, and I have been listening to audio books for as long as I can remember! I can't wait to listen to more of it, and look forward to getting the other books downloaded:)

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    Thomas 04-08-07
    Thomas 04-08-07
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    "Just Great!"

    What an outstanding Audio Book! I generally listen to action books, i.e. Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy etc. I find these very entertaining and I didn’t think I would go in for a drama type book. This book has it all! I would also like to say that the narrator is by far the best I have ever listened to, bar none! I have purchased over 200 audio books by some great authors and narrators and I place this book as number one. Listen to it and I’m sure you will agree.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Bloomington, MN, USA 04-01-07
    Pamela Bloomington, MN, USA 04-01-07
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    "Great Book!"

    I downloaded this book on a whim and was quickly caught up in a wonderful story. The building of characters takes place throughout. My only regret was coming to the end. I didn't want to leave this interesting group of people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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