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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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    C. Smith 12-16-07
    C. Smith 12-16-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Really Enjoyed"

    This was a surprise as I had not heard of this author prior to this book. It has a really good story line - ties things up a little too neat at the end but still a must listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John Asquith NSW, N/A, Australia 02-22-06
    John Asquith NSW, N/A, Australia 02-22-06
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    "Great Narration"

    An interesting story with lots of interesting historical facts. The narrator does an amazing job on this one. I recommend this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 04-28-13
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2008

    Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!

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    "Why The Songs??!!"

    I'm leaving this review because I did not read anywhere that there would be songs in this "audiobook". I don't mean the author wrote a line or two of a song, as I've seen done in many audiobooks in the past. I mean, this guy wrote out the ENTIRE song into the story, and the poor narrator had to sing it in its entirety! The narrator is GREAT, by the way, but I didn't get this book to have songs sung to me... especially songs I don't like. It's an audio-BOOK, NOT an album of gospel music!!

    To add salt to the wound, this book is VERY VERY VERY slow, after about a third of the way through it. Seriously, do we need to know about every little thing these characters do on a daily basis?? I half expected this author to go into detail about the breathing and sleeping habits of the main character at any time, describing and counting each breath, up to a million.

    Yes, it is JUST THAT BORING. I'm not kidding.

    I read "The Power Of One" and I thought it was fantastic. I have absolutely no idea how this book is rated as highly as it is, because it is a far cry from that one. It's as if the author literally was sleep walking through this one. It is so painfully boring.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Maryville, TN, USA 07-28-09
    Kenneth Maryville, TN, USA 07-28-09
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    "Awesome"

    I loved this book! This is my first Bryce Courtenay book and I am looking forward to listening to others. The story is multifaceted and the characters are outstanding. The narration is excellent. I was not bored by the first part as many other reviewers were.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gert Glenden, Australia 11-20-08
    Gert Glenden, Australia 11-20-08
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    "What a story"

    My very first BC book. Loved it, spend hours in car and on the road to find out what is going to happen next. The shortest 30 hours of listning and there is plenty more in the story to fill another 30 hours. It keeps you busy and thinking all the time. I cried, smiled, laughed, got very angry at the wrongs and enjoyed the truimphs.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    gingerpenny95 Fairfield, Ca, United States 02-27-06
    gingerpenny95 Fairfield, Ca, United States 02-27-06 Member Since 2003
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    "Engrossing"

    This is one of the best downloads in my two years as a member of Audible. Although the battle scenes were somewhat graphic and overlong, they set the stage for some amazing events. The character development is superb. I loved the reader as well as he was amazing in his ability to do Australian, British, Irish, and American accents.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    07-27-07
    07-27-07 Member Since 2006
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    "not up to expectation"

    While Humphrey Bower has done a wonderful job reading the book, as usual, Courtenay has not lived upto the mark -- especially when you compare this work with Power of One and Tandia. Those two books were simply awesome and left me with a great feeling after reading them.

    Bryce once again shows his strong feelings against racism as in his first 2 books, which is appreciable. But the quality of the oveall story is no match to his first 2 books.

    I dont think I will listen to this book again unless I am bored to death!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan 12-18-09
    Jonathan 12-18-09
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    "Super listen"

    Three separate characters, drawn together. Very well written and suspenseful ... but not in the car chase, shoot-em thriller style. If you like to learn something - in this case about the Korean War, Shanghai in the 20's and post-WWII Australia - along the war, try this. Oh, yes ... excellent narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-27-09
    Arthur Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-27-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Fantastic!"

    I am a fan of Bryce Courtney (The Power of One is a tremendous book). Like his other novels, this one starts out with very dire circumstances, and the characters develop into admirable human beings. The book bounces backwards and forwards in time, but it makes sense as the story evolves. Bryce Courtney does a great job of tying up the loose ends on his numerous story lines. I like Humphrey Bower as a narrator, except his American accent (which is almost painful). This book took a bit to grab me, but once it did I was totally engrossed. There is a female character in the book who absolutely captivated me. If you listen, I am sure you will identify her. Enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Stillwater Lake, NS, Canada 05-13-09
    Dave Stillwater Lake, NS, Canada 05-13-09 Member Since 2008
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    "This is simply the best!"

    I have listened to 6 Bryce Courtenay novels and this is the best. "Tommo & Hawk" is close, but the story line and the unforgettable characters (esp. Brother Fish, Jimmy and the Countess) of this novel are outstanding. Just as importantly, the extremely talented Humphrey Bower's wide range of voices allows you to live every moment in the story.
    To put icing on the cake, the conclusion doesn't require the reader to purchase anti-depressant pills.
    Wow! I loved it! What a wonderful read! Thank you B. Courtenay, thank you H. Bower and thank you audible.com.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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    "Great Surprise"
    What made the experience of listening to Brother Fish the most enjoyable?

    This is a great story and is told well. It's the story of a young Australian man born in a poor Tasmanian fishing community and his best mate. This is a difficult one for a reader as the setting moves from Russia to China to America but he does a truly great job in that you really don't notice him 'doing' voices. The reader is pretty good at accents, I greatly admired his Cantonese & German pronunciation (!) and his singing voice was pretty good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I imagine Jacko is everyone's favourite character as he is a real 'everyman' type. A good bloke with all the normal flaws and foibles. I really liked the other characters too, Jacko was the one I could best relate to.


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A rip roaring roller coaster of a novel with mafia and soldiers.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I got this in some sort of promotion audible had, it's not my normal sort of book, but it got good reviews and so I took a chance. I am so glad I did! I wanted to give it to a friend as a 'real book' and I had to get a second hand copy from Australia. Thank you to audible and audible listeners who reviewed it, it was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Celian11
    6 The Dale, Silverglade, Fish Hoek 7975
    11/10/14
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    "Lots more than a fishy story"
    If you could sum up Brother Fish in three words, what would they be?

    Epic saga around the Korean War and lasting friendships.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The bonds of friendship formed between people from such different backgrounds


    What three words best describe Humphrey Bower’s voice?

    Versatile, some accents more difficult to understand


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful characterization, set against the harsh background of the little understood Korean War and then the long road to success won by taking huge risks and working hard towards a common goal

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Honiton, United Kingdom
    4/14/11
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    "Best Yet"

    This book is simply the best audiobook I have downloaded to date and held me for all the 30+ hours of it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sylvia
    West Byfleet, Surrey, United Kingdom
    4/13/11
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    "Brother Fish"

    A lovely lighthearted story which evokes every emotion at some stage. The narration was superb, Humphrey Bower is a master at accents. A very enjoyable book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    London, United Kingdom
    4/6/09
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    "Fascinating"

    THe story about the Korean War was fascinating and very informative. This is not an area that many know about and the book is worth listening to for this.
    Humphrey Bower narrates the story very well and brings it to life. Very pleased I bought this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Polegate, East Sussex, United Kingdom
    7/12/08
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    "courtney produces another triumph"

    My first experience of Bryce Courtenay was the moving Power of One which lifted my spirits at a time of personal anguish. His characters are so real and vibrant that his books can be an emotionally exhausting read as he subjects his beautiful flawed creations to the most awful trials and hardships. You just yearn for something to work out well for a change!
    Here is another beautifully woven story, unfurling against the backdrop of the Korean war (which I knew little about). My heart stopped several times and fellow commuters looked strangely at me when I laughed aloud, sniffled back a tear or even gasped at the sudden dramas while sitting on the train.
    If you are a fan of BC then you are going to love this book. If you are coming to him for the first time then please please listen to the Power of One - you will never forget it!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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