©2004 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2004 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd.
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.
I thought at first I had made a huge mistake buying this one but I've listened to almost all of BC's books and love them as well as the reader. HB is simply the best . Part 1 went on and on with war stuff and so I decided I'd abort if things didn't pick up after part 1. It turned out to be excellent. A good story and what I really liked is he wrapped up everything neatly in the end. You find out what happed to everyone you hear about along the way. I loved it.
I was enthralled with this audiobook, especially with the historical facts of the Korean War, some facts of China where I have worked (and ate dog) and Hong Kong with similarities to Malaysia (how to carry one's purse securely) where I have worked also. I found myself unsatisfied with the narrative to the extent I was looking up Tasmania and "King's Island" in the web to further my understanding of the story.
The characters are a little "true blue" but the tale certainly carries it's heroes to the finish line in true heroic style.
I decided to download Brother Fish after having listened to The Power of One and Tandia and having thoroughly enjoyed both books had great expectations for Brother Fish. I was not disappointed, but must agree with previous reviewers that I did find it a bit tedious at times. I found myself becoming annoyed with the number of times (actually lost count) the full name of Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan was repeated but toward the end of the book the name was finally shortened to Nicole. I know she was a principal character, but I think her name should have been shortened sooner in the story. Humphrey Bower's narration is superb and without his talent I might not have finished this book. Having said that, I would not hesitate to read/listen to
other Bryce Courtney books.
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
This is typical Courtenay fare. We always get a character (or two) with a hard-luck beginning, tons of familial dysfunction and - after trials and tribulations - redemption. With this book there's at least 3 of those characters, depending on your definition of hard-luck. I would never have listened to more than a few hours if it had not been for one thing - Humphrey Bower. One of the characters is such a perfect fit for his expert narration that it saves the entire thing.
This book is too long by 25%, too repetitive and too fantastical to call it historical fiction. Courtenay has a way of picking up a phrase and beating it into the ground unmercifully for an entire book. In spite of that, it's a great listen just because of Humphrey Bower. Really. He's that good.
If I could only recommend ONE book for the summer, this would be it! There was not a single minute in this 4 volume story that I did not listen to with interest. Great, engaging story, masterfully read!
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
I swear Humphrey Bower could make the telephone book riviting listen listening and, as always, he brings Courtney to full value
NV, not NY
So far I've read The Power of One, Tandia, and now Brother Fish. I loved them all and appreciate the fact that Courtenay writes long books. In the end they're never long enough. This story had the unexpected surprise of partially taking place in the area where I grew up, and when one of the characters is taken to the hospital where I was born, I burst out laughing. I know, I know, this has nothing to do with critiquing the book.
This book actually contains four major stories, all of them fastenating. I just downloaded The Potatoe Factory - the first in a trilogy, and I can't wait to be taken away by this masterful story teller yet again. Courtenay isn't perfect, but when you're in love, you tend to overlook the small stuff. When I look at how many books Courtenay has on Audible, it gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling.
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
Good story, really good narration - all in all a satisfactory experience......... but not really my cup of tea. The first part of the book was about the Korean war which was really good but the second half dragged for me and I found myself hanging in only because I was so invested already. I may check out some of this author's other works in the future, if only to find out why so many others rave about him - maybe I just picked the wrong book.
I own a small shop selling custom/costume Jewelry. I love to listen to audio books while I create jewelry. I love all animals and get very upset when they aren't treated well, even in fiction.
If it had truly been what the summary it was about. This book is about the Korean war. It was filled with violent battle scenes--- YUCK. If the summary had been honest, and described this book as it truly is--- another war story, I would never have wasted my credit, or my time.
Possible, I guess. I did like the Power of One. But if I can't count on Audible for actuate summaries, I may cease to even be a member. I own a small business, and I do understand that it is all about sales, but if I misrepresented my products and services as I feel Auible has done in this case, I'd soon be out of business!
The entire war experience!
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