Born and raised in a poor, working-class family in Toronto, Jack Spayd is the son of an unhappy marriage. After being taken under the wing of "Miss Frostbite", the owner of a local jazz club, Jack becomes a gifted musician, playing piano and harmonica. Fame and the allure of gambling takes him to Vegas, and prospects of fortune take him to the Belgian Congo, where he's heard it's possible to earn big money working in the most dangerous parts of the local copper mines.
Jack of Diamonds is the story of a young, talented man, fighting to achieve his ambitions, and having to use his considerable talents to find his way in a perilous world.
©2012 Bryce Courtenay; 2013 Christine Courtenay (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Loveable, noble, sad.
Brings the characters alive without any corny accents
Yes, made me sad due to the death of Bryce Courtenay a week after the release of the book
May Bryce Courtnenay rest in peace with his son (April Fools Day) knowing that all Australians will remember him for his great works and his contribution to society
I simply adore Bryce Courtenay's books. His writings tell stories you love. Leaving you want more. After enjoying many of Bryce's other titles Jack of Diamonds was even better than I anticipated. Thank you. P.S. Humphrey is an incredible reader😳
As always, Courtenay has written a story so detailed, you can smell, see and hear the story unfold as if you were standing beside Jack. In fact, it's hard to believe Courtenay's books are not all autobiographies. It broke my heart at the end, when he said his "use by" date was fast approaching, and gave a brief plot line of the book he had planned as a sequel. Humphrey Bower did his usual excellent job, and surprised with his mastery of different accents, so there was always no doubt who was speaking.
I couldn't finish this. I do not need to know every meal someone eats and every stitch of clothing they wear. I like long, detailed books, but this one began to wear at me. I kept waiting for it to pick up and started getting annoyed.
I'm not sure. I did listen to one of his books before this one and it was fine.
The narration was fine, but began to gruel on with the every-so-slow story.
the epilog finished the story off well
well done - soothing voice
Jack's acceptance of life's bumps in the road and his steadfast outlook that they can be navigated with truth and grace
Love Bryce Courtny Books- only discovered them as his life was ending, wish it wasn't so as whe I get to the end I will be inconsolable.
...in too big of a hurry to get this book into print. Was shocked at how poorly written this book is, and Bryce Courtney is one of my favorite authors!
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