The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.
©2010 Bryce Courtenay; 2013 Christine Courtenay (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"Humphrey Bower, speaking as Mole, delivers every possible nuance and emotion of his character’s story, and shows a startling aptitude for other dialects as well. Close family friends and enemies include surviving Polish Jews, an East Indian healer, an Irish Catholic priest, Japanese prison camp soldiers, and many others. All of them, young and old, male and female, spring to vivid life in Bower’s versatile voice. Narrative passages and dialogue elicit tears and laughter by turns, without a minute of boredom in the 30-hour production." (AudioFile magazine)
great book and interesting with the little inserts of landscape and trees in Australia. Always a good read with Bryce and true to form he knows his history and facts.
great read. Very humorous. Very down to earth. Can't believe how many family saying we share fm this book.
I have read many of courteney's books and i do tjink i enjoyed this one the most.
The most memorable moment for me was going to the bush with tommie to see the great tree and tommiie telling his story of being a pow.m
Mr bower is a very good narrator with all of these books by mr courtenay.when sarah
When sarah told the family she was pregnant.
It is a bloody long book and I doubt that I would have finished reading this book if I had purchased it in hard copy. It is a beautifully written story but Humphrey Bower makes it truly come alive. His change of voice and intonation, accent, and full study of the characters gives his presentation of this read a story you can't soon forget. I could highly recommend this for the pure enjoyment of listening to each character he presents.
I almost never listen or read twice. But this narrator is my absolute favorite! He's a genious at every character; both male and female, Australian, Polish, Indian, Brit, American (black and white). Also, this author is one of my favorites (I love historical fiction) and always learn something new about Australia and more from Bryce Courtenay while being tremendously entertained by the humor and real characters.
It's like Angela's Ashes- poor family makes good of their situation, but with more detail, history, and the best narrator ever.
Who can pick? He's a genius at EVERYONE!! All the Maloney's- male and female- as well as Murray and Sophie (Polish Jews), Mrs. Rika Ray (Indian) the Americans in Vietnam (Black and White!) the Brits in London.
The story is told from the point of view of Mole Maloney, so I have to choose him. But Sarah and Nancy Maloney hit home because I'm female. Each character in EVERY Bryce Courtenay book is always amazingly rendered that it's very hard to pick a favorite. They each INSPIRE in their own way.
Bryce, I hope you live a LONG time and continue to write more and more incredible books like this. Thank you to all who worked on this important book. Thanks Humphrey for your brilliant work at bringing these characters to life.
I loved the story of what this family went through and how it struggled to better themselves. The narrator was very good. He brought the characters to life. At times there was so much detail / specific information I got a little disinterested but it all came together and was a beautiful story.
Thoroughly entertaining. This is a sweeping story covering years of a family's life. The family is in Australia and the reader makes you feel like you are sitting at the table having a conversation with the characters. The characters are so rich and well developed that by the third chapter you feel like you actually know them. I found myself laughing, cheering, and sometimes tearing during this entertaining story. I have an eclectic taste in books and have liked many styles of writing but I usually rate most books a three for simply doing their job of keeping me entertained while I mow the lawn or go on a long drive. Sometimes I need a break from the popular trilogy's and murder thrillers that serve as the mainstay of todays book market. This book is a viable alternative to those and is well worth your time! Truly good writing is hard to find but that is what you want as you look through hundreds of book titles on Audible deciding where to drop a credit. I place this book up there with some of my favorites like "The Pillars of the Earth", "Beach Music", and "The Stand'. All four very different but sharing a simple commonality. They are great stories well told. I hope you enjoy "Four Fires" as much as I did.
Recent history unfolds with page turning entertainment bringing us the Aussie experience of immigration that parallels our own(US). From WWII to post Viet Nam era, the author relates one family's saga with humor, tolerance, hope and love. Examining a modern phenomena, PTSD, the effects of trauma on all human beings, the author educates as he entertains us with depth of characterization and detailed information on the realities of war, natural challenges, and the strength within each of us to survive and thrive.
Engrossing, enlightening, realistic.
The way the story unfolded. The weaving together of fiction and fact into a rich tapestry of life in Australia in the middle of the 20th century. Learning things about the war I did not know before.
Humphrey Bower is a wonderfully gifted narrator who brings each character uniquely to life.
I had many different extreme reactions relating to both tears and laughter - it was brilliant!
I've always enjoyed listening to Bryce Courtney's stories and this one was up there with the best. Thank you so much.
Although the book is long, it never drags. Beautifully written and beautifully performed. Loved Power of One, but this was even better.
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