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)
I have listened to hundreds of books from Audible but the narrator of this book is the best I have ever listened to bar none. Great writing and great narration equals a truly delightful experience.
Cape Town, South Africa
Another fantastic story by the awesome Courtenay-Bower couple! I didn't think I could fall in love with another cast of characters the way I did with those from The Power of One and Tandia, but Four Fires proved me pleasantly wrong! This is the story of a most amazing family as they journey through a challenging life and face it head on unashamedly. This is a long book that is such a delight to listen to. There are some difficult sections, difficult because of the account of Australian POW's during the 2nd World War not because of the writing, but this I found educational. Courtenay's attention to detail is astounding and I truly enjoyed a book about a different land, history and people which is written with depth, feeling and insight.
Good listen with interesting info on Australia and WW2. Humphrey Bower's is a great narrator
Bryce is up to his usual. I love Bryce and he has been a favorite author of mine - RIP.
If you like his style you will get more of the same formula. IE: Familiar phrases, family stories, characters you will care about, rich history, and always a few boxing references.
Otherwise you might get tired of the same old same old. However, I see his books as familiar friends that keep me company. Can't wait to read his last book- it was published a few weeks before his passing this year.
He is the best narrator I've come across so far - really makes it!
Accurate to time, know the area, brings back a lot of good memories.
Vision of the bushfire at it was raging into the town of Yankolilly
Listened to many audible books and found Humphrey Bower to be by far the best narrator I have heard to date.
Yes, if time allowed
Love the the combination of the late Bryce Courtenay and Humphrey Bower.
Toward the top... It was a deep, lighthearted book, if there is such a thing; the narrator was phenomenal
I liked all the Mallony clan... they all had dreams and, with very degrees of success, went after them.
I have to pick just one? Seriously, though, Humphry Bower is so talented that I doubt I could pick just one character to be a favorite; I felt like I got the know them all
With the exception of two quite uncessary coincidences at the very end of the book, I really enjoyed this book. It was a great introduction to Bryce Courtenay. I'm glad I started off with this book, because while it dealt with difficult themes and topics, it was generally light-hearted. His other works? Not so much
David is my husband - I'm the one that actually picks out and listens to the books. ~ Anna
"The Power of One" and this book, "Four Fires" are in the same league. I really enjoyed the storyline, the character developement, the drama, & the humor that Bryce Courtney brought to this book! It was excellent.
Up there with the Life of Pi
Written from the son s voice a great tale /tales of tragedy and triumph , and all in one family
The mood was not heavy despite the storyline
The narration was so wonderful
Made the story resonate both lyrically and creatively , wonderful voice
The mum , she would have a few great tales of her colourful life
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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