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Jack of Diamonds Audiobook

Jack of Diamonds

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    "Absolutely incredible"

    This story is so well done, I finished it in a single day (3x playback)!

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    Rebecca 01-23-15
    Rebecca 01-23-15

    I read like a madwoman all my life but now I have bad eyes. Thank goodness for audio books

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    "Ah Bryce we will miss your lessons of life!"

    Once again Bryce delivers a story that gives us a perspective of life that is interesting and different. The people are always real and the characters are alive. Furthermore the story has meaning and brings you inside the heart of the author. If you like Bryce Courtenay you will enjoy this one more of his brilliant sagas. If you have not tried him yet......this is a really good place to start.

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    Deidre 12-28-14
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    "Another wonderful read, love him."

    Great read Bryce regardless of his age is just the best story teller I have ever read. From the Power of One to Jack its like reading the never ending corners of Mr Courtenay's mind. And as for Mr Bower's reading, well it makes me feel like I'm there in the room with the characters. Thank you both for your time and allowing me to enter your imagination to expand mine.

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    Laura 11-20-14
    Laura 11-20-14 Member Since 2009
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    "wonderful!"

    I love Bryce Courtenay's books! Here is another wonderful book! I never get tired of listening to Humphrey Bower; which makes this book!

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    Barbara 10-19-14
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    "Pedestrian novel, enlivened by great narrator"

    I had never before read anything by Bryce Courtenay, and downloaded Jack of Diamoinds based on Audible's recommendation. I found the story to be anodyne and predictable, but Humphrey Bower's fluid ability to navigate Canadian, American, South African and Australian accents, not to mention female voices and certain dialects made it a worthwhile read.

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    valerie 10-17-14
    valerie 10-17-14 Member Since 2011

    I listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!

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    "Piano and card shark"

    This is a very unusual story of a guy who should have never had a chance at life, but got a great start and the adventures are endless.

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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 10-07-14
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 10-07-14 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "A Good Saga. . . Long, but Enoyable"

    I have enjoyed other Courtenay books more, but this is a very good story. For me, the difference was that in his other books, I have found a female character to empathize with/relate to; and found none in this one. Jack's mother, teachers, "girl friends" and others were just fleeting characters in the story.

    Jack is bright but sure makes some crazy (aka stupid) decisions throughout the story. Nonetheless, he survives, even thrives and his life story takes the listener to interesting and exotic locales where he makes his way with music and/or gambling.

    Humphey Bower as always, did a magnificent job narrating the story. I simply would have liked to "care" a little more about the characters, including Jack.

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    areader 05-15-14
    areader 05-15-14

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    "Jack of Diamonds"

    Well played Bryce Courtenay and Humphrey Bower! I am sorry to hear of Bryce Courtenay's loss and will miss his writing.

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    Lewis Weston, CT, United States 09-23-13
    Lewis Weston, CT, United States 09-23-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Terrific Historical novel!"

    Great opportunity to get a feel for the birth of Las Vegas and the horrors of bigotry. It's a book with many layers and as it unfolds your interest never wanes.

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    Cheryl San Diego, CA, United States 09-11-13
    Cheryl San Diego, CA, United States 09-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic historical story!"

    I loved the Jack of Diamonds. There were so many interesting people. Learning about Canada and the music at the beginning of the story was all new for me and I really enjoyed it! This was one of the best audio books I've listened to.

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