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Four Fires | [Bryce Courtenay]

Four Fires

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    "Outstanding!"
    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Well Done. The performance added depth to the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Epic good read. Memorable Characters who drew forth great emotion. I found myself laughing out loud, enraged and near tears at different points in the novel. Not many authors can draw me into such emotional responses. Very well written!

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    Indy Hunter 05-31-13
    Indy Hunter 05-31-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Another great story by Bryce Courtenay"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. It is a story of the triumph of family and friendship, it doesn't get much better


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Four Fires?

    Sarah's pregnancy and struggle to get into medical school after being abandoned by the child's father.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The gathering of the family and the local catholic priest before Nancy's death. She had to have things her way, up until the end. After all of the fuss between her and the priest, over all of the choices she had made during her life, it was good to see them come together toward the end.


    If you could rename Four Fires, what would you call it?

    Wouldn't change a thing.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the book. The narration by Mr. Bower is always excellent, he has magic in his voice that brings the characters to life.

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    Arnold 05-27-13
    Arnold 05-27-13
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    "Another Love Letter to Australia"

    The authors "Australia Trilogy" is celebrated as his "love letter to Australia," but I found this book to be at least as much so. Like every Courtenay book I have read, it is populated with interesting and charming characters.Courtenay's love of language and dialect comes out in the dialog, and is masterfully conveyed by Humphrey Bower as narrator, whose performance ranks with Jim Dale in the Harry Potter books. The book does not have the epic sweep, however, of some of Courtenay's other books. I thought the story was good but not great and the story and narrative devices did not hang together enough for a 5 star rating.

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    Alan United States 05-13-13
    Alan United States 05-13-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent but"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Four Fires to be better than the print version?

    How would I know ...


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    He is wonderfully talented. They are all good.


    Any additional comments?

    A little too much of Viet Nam.

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    simmi Berwyn, PA, United States 05-08-13
    simmi Berwyn, PA, United States 05-08-13
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    "As good as "The Power of One""
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    I think I might listen to all books by the author, as well as this narrator. Both are superior.
    I hated for the story to end.

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    M.W. SW USA 04-28-13
    M.W. SW USA 04-28-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Always A Pleasure"

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, Bryce Courtenay can tell a good story. Four Fires weaves the story of the Maloney family (of Australia, of course) with historical facts of WWII Japanese prison camps, brush fires, Auschwitz, the Australian garment industry and women's rights...among other things!

    I don't gravitate to historical fiction...but I have always enjoyed the combination of Bryce Courtenay and Humphrey Bower and will continue to turn to this pair if I want to be sure I'm getting a book I'll enjoy!

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    Shari 04-24-13
    Shari 04-24-13

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    "Amazing story!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, This is an amazing story about life in the mid 1900's for a family in Australia. I was captivated by the story and the narrator. He did a wonderful job portraying the characters in the novel.


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    Mole, Bozo, and Sarah. I could feel the struggles of each of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The story did drag along at some points but not enough for me to regret one minute of listening. I cannot wait to read and listen to another book by this author and narrator.

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    Christine 04-21-13
    Christine 04-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome"
    Would you listen to Four Fires again? Why?

    A great story engaging story that educated the listeners at the same time about fires, war and the tragic effects.


    What did you like best about this story?

    all the characters had their own stories that fitted well into a great novel the narrator Humphrey Bower does a powerful job of portraying each character


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    LouBird Arlington, VA USA 04-07-13
    LouBird Arlington, VA USA 04-07-13 Member Since 2006
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    "An amazing listen"

    This books works wonderfully as an audio - probably better than reading. The narrator has just the right "Aussie" accent. I was initially concerned that it would be hard to understand as some of the British narrators are (for me), but instead, the whole story felt like a wonderful family tale handed down for others to hear.

    I also put off buying this audio because it was so long and I wasn't sure I was that interested in Australian history. Instead, I was sad to get to the end of the audio and I learned so many interesting things about Australia; it was an amazing "read".

    Occasionally, the story headed in a direction where I thought I would lose interest but that never happened. I stayed continually engaged. Also, the book, especially the narrators presentation, is very funny. His sharing of childhood interpretations of adult themes makes you laugh out loud. I didn't expect that from this book.

    I've recommended this book to my sister who is an avid reader but refuses to try an audio book.

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    Cindy Omaha, NE, United States 03-21-13
    Cindy Omaha, NE, United States 03-21-13 Member Since 2009

    I love the stories of light supernatural tales with some romance, and giggles.

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    "captivating, made me laugh a lot, and cry"
    What did you love best about Four Fires?

    A new world of humor and the total story of a strugeling family


    What other book might you compare Four Fires to and why?

    The good earth? I's a story for the movies. Of course the book would be better.


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

    Nope! I'll certainly check into more books next credit I get.


    Who was the most memorable character of Four Fires and why?

    They were all fasinating.


    Any additional comments?

    I was excited to have picked a great book, and it lasted me three whole blissfull days.

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