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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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    JonMontanavega 12-18-09 Member Since 2013
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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 2015
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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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    mary j aboughadareh 08-12-08
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    "Great! but you have to get past part 1"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Calgary, Alberta, Canada 08-21-07
    Dennis Calgary, Alberta, Canada 08-21-07
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    "Wonderful story with factual settings."

    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.

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    Peter Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada 07-31-06
    Peter Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada 07-31-06
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    "Superb Narration"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Darnestown, MD, USA 07-08-09
    Christine Darnestown, MD, USA 07-08-09 Member Since 2007
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    "The best book I have read in many years"

    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!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 10-03-11
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 10-03-11 Member Since 2015

    Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.

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    "Excellent story brilliantly narrated"

    I would highly recommend Bryce Courtenay to any reader and especially readings by Humphrey Bower. I know Courtenay is good I just don't know how much greater Bower makes him. I enjoyed this book though not as much as Four Fires or The Power of One, the former being my favorite.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 06-02-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 06-02-15 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "PROVERBIAL"

    FOOTPATH NOT SIDEWALK
    First this is listed as Fiction/Contemporary, and it is not. This is a memoir. There is no plot, no goal, no conflict, it is like listening to your grandfather tell stories about his youth. A very interesting grandfather for sure. This covers the Korean War and racism. My dad was in that War and I have a former principal who was a POW in Korea. He lost several fingers to frost bite. I find both topics interesting, but not when I am expecting a story. Not for 31 hours.

    PEOPLE WILL STEAL THE WAX OUT OF YOUR EARS TO MAKE COMMUNION CANDLES
    In all the glowing reviews, no one bothers too mention this fact. I loved The Power of One and The Potato Factory, this is neither. If you like long bio's then you will love this. You have the right to know what you are buying.

    THAT'S THE TROUBLE WITH BEING A LITTLE GUY, EVERYBODY FEELS THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO HAVE A GO AT YOU.
    The narrator is great.

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    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 03-24-15
    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 03-24-15 Member Since 2014

    Curtis

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    "Wide-ranging, Well-told Story"

    This book starts out as a 5-star book. In the last third it slows down a bit as the story of the third main character is told first person past tense. This part loses some of the energy and character development. Overall, this is still a very good book which I'd recommend.

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    Sheila Scott 01-09-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Exceptional!"

    This is my first Courtney Bryce work, and I am now hooked. How have I missed this author before??? The skill used to pull such a complex story together and to create such lovable characters has my jaw on the floor. I laughed. I cried. A recommended read for anyone who likes meaty stories .

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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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