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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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    patbryden Calgary, AB, Canada 10-15-12
    patbryden Calgary, AB, Canada 10-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Aussie immersion"

    This was a wonderfully engaging and emotionally involving book. The account of the conditions for POW's in Borneo was heartbreaking and historically very accurate. After the book ended I felt a bit bereft without the Maloney family. Some minor quibbles with the plot - it seemed as if everyone in the family was a bit too brilliant to be believed. I don't want to give the ending away, but it was marred by a glaring violation of professional boundries that would in reality be grounds for a loss of one's license to practice medicine. Humphrey Bower reads this wonderfully - not too much or too little expression, and his command of the subtle differences in Australian accents adds to the reading.

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    Debra Aireys Inlet, Australia 10-12-12
    Debra Aireys Inlet, Australia 10-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "You've done it again Bryce"
    Where does Four Fires rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up there with the best of them I've listen to this 3 times and read the book love it


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

    Several but that would be giving away the story and it's better to be surprised rather than in the know


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

    No , at first I didn't like the Aussie accent and I am a Aussie then the Jewish and Irish accent were believable so I guess it depends on how Aussie you want your character to be


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

    Gotta love Nancy


    Any additional comments?

    This book returned a lot of memories for me Flinders Lane, the dunny man, Fires and there awful outcomes, and yet how they also bring life back, How many soliders who fought in all wars are never truly appreciated and often forgotten. How small communities can by working together can achieve so much. The fact I read it four times tells you it's worth it.!

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    horslovr 10-09-12
    horslovr 10-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Love everything Bryce Courtenay does!"

    As with all of the other Courtenay books I've read, this one was also phenomenal. The storyline was very engaging, characters likable, and there is always a wonderful moral to his stories. This one had me engaged until the very end. What a wonderful writer Bryce Courtenay is, weaving a full, rich, colorful book every time!

    Humphrey Bower is a super narrator for these books, love his accents.

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    Michael 10-02-12
    Michael 10-02-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic Family Epic"

    What a great saga! Loved the history and the Australiana. I'm a Kiwi but we share much so there was so much that I remembered and related to.
    The emotion in the book was also huge, brought me to tears at times and in fits of laughter other times!
    The reader also did a great job, managing young and old, male and female with ease.
    A must read!

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    Jacinda New Zealand 09-11-12
    Jacinda New Zealand 09-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A fantastic story enhanced by the performance!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would and have done already.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mole Maloney for sure! The story was told through his eyes.


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

    Mrs Rika Ray. She was fantastic. Bower did a great job of all the characters.


    If you could take any character from Four Fires out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Tommy Maloney-be great to talk to him about his experiences!


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    Sue 09-10-12
    Sue 09-10-12
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    Would you listen to Four Fires again? Why?

    No, I never listen to books twice. Too many books out there!


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

    Father and son "going bush" when the father told of his life before kids (the war, etc) and we found out why is is the way he is.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    His tone of voice and Australian accent


    Any additional comments?

    Now listening to another Bryce Courtenay, Jessica. Love it too.

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    Rebecca Canton, GA, United States 09-08-12
    Rebecca Canton, GA, United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very well written & performed. One I will remember"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Four Fires to be better than the print version?

    I don't know.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None in particular, I enjoyed the narrator who was the character "Mole".


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Loved his narrative, rarely does a performance made story come to life as Humphrey did. Accents did not sound pitifully fake as many narrators do. Even the women's voices were appealing. I would listen to more of his narrations.


    If you could take any character from Four Fires out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The mother, I liked her attitude.


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    Adele 09-06-12
    Adele 09-06-12
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    "Good Australian Family Epic"

    I really enjoyed this read. Didn't expect the narration to be through a child's eyes, but I quickly got over that and came to enjoy it. GREAT performance. I felt at times that the author was being a little too instructive, but appreciated his desire to share some fascinating information. The single perspective was limiting at times - as indicated by the author needing to justify how the narrator could possibly be privy to some of the incidents he relates. I think this story might have had the potential to be a future classic if the internal voices of the individual characters had been present - allowing for greater complexity and sophistication in thinking and feeling than could be offered through the boy narrator's eyes. I loved the characters and had no trouble empathising with them and caring about their stories. I thought a couple of the characters were a bit too stereotypical, almost to the extent of parody, but on the other hand the complex portrayal of Tommy (and his relationships) was exquisitely handled. LOVED the descriptions of the Australian man-made and natural landscapes. Altogether a highly recommended read.

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    Mark 09-04-12
    Mark 09-04-12
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    "Epic story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A fantastic story weaving though decades and lives presenting an incredible window into the family and life in Australia. If you like James Michener or Wilbur Smith, this should be on your list. I immediately downloaded one of his other books - The Potato Factory. Looking forward to another great listen.


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    John Couva, Trinidad and Tobago 09-03-12
    John Couva, Trinidad and Tobago 09-03-12 Member Since 2014

    On a Sunday, I ride my motorcycle to Maracas Bay Beach while listen. When I get there up goes the hammock, and I then listen to my audiobook

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    If you could sum up Four Fires in three words, what would they be?

    One great yarn


    Any additional comments?

    This is a true insight to Australian Psyche

    Australian humor at its best

    Rooting for the underdog

    Totally Enjoyable

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