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
This was was my first audiobook with Bryce Courtenay. When it first started I asked myself why did I buy a book that starts out in the 1930's????? My doubts were quickly dispelled and it sure did help pass the time away on a long Uhaul trip across the country.... in fact sometimes I couldn't put it down
I haven't read the print version but will probably buy it as I have every one of Bryce Courtenay's books. He's the most amazing storyteller.
Jack of course! He's flawed, but brave, innocent but inquisitive, talented and kind, unbiased in any way (like all Bryce's hero and heroines), picks his causes and they are always good ones. Loves his family, is loyal to his friends, and they to him. Makes enemies becos of his actions and views, but always sticks to his beliefs, and stands up for both those, and for others too weak, helpless or bullied to stand up for themselves. But yet, even though he sounds like a super hero he's very real.
I haven't listened to any of Mr. Bower;s any other performances. His voice was perfect for this story.
Jack of course!
I am heartbroken that this is Bryce's last book, and I loved that he realized that we would all want to know what happened in the next book which was "in the writing" and would have flowed out of him in 2013 - so he told us briefly what happens. I am so sad that all his brilliance was condensed into just a few chapters - when it could have been chapters and chapters more - but I am so grateful that he told us the rest of the story. Thank you, Bryce for all your wonderful characters, amazing stories, incredible observations, respect for the truth and for goodness. I loved every flash of writing brilliance, and there were hundreds and hundreds of them in every book.
An awful and pompous use of words. I can't believe this got published! I had to persevere to finish.
Bryce Courtenay put together one of the longest novels I can remember. 24 hours of listening pleasure that didn't drag out very often. It was fairly easy to pick back up where you left off using the rewind 30 seconds - excellent feature and resource when listening over a month. Voice of Humphrey Bower was great at the different characters during the novel. Overall flawless execution
The epilog introduction - stunning reality of Bryce's and your own mortality.
Live in Sydney, Australia. South African heritage. Love audio books. Constant company on my non-stop business travels.
His last book and so a truncated conclusion as you may expect given the rapidity of his decline. Have had many enjoyable hours of listening to Bryce's work over the years. Power of One was his first and best in my humble opinion. Vale.
I found my self so involved with the novel that I couldn't wait for the next opportunity to listen.
I cried when he was introduced to his son, by the lady he loved so much.
This was my first Bryce Courtenay novel. First of many thanks to audible.com.au
Great story could not stop my phone narrator just the best congratulations
The characters he became
Leave it alone
My first Audiobook loved it
You do not understand why the book is called Jack of Diamands until the very end.... Jack of Diamonds is an epic story stretching 3 phases of Jacks life. Loved the variety in the each of the stories across the span of Jack's life.
Humphrey Bower gives a superb performance which enhances the experience of the book - best performance I have heard!
I loved Jack and the book if full of lively, thoroughly developed characters.
I loved this book. One of the best I've listened to in a long while. The narrator was fabulous, the story was interesting, entertaining, and simply wonderful. Throughout this book I never got bored or wanted to turn it off. The story of Jack as a child and as an adult was delightful, full of twists and turns, sadness and delights. All starting with a harmonica his dad gave him as a belated birthday gift. I don't want to say more because I'm not only not a good reviewer but I really, really don't want you to miss reading this book. I really, really did not want it to end. EXCELLENT! I highly recommend!
Definately. Humphrey Bower really makes the characters come to life. Bryce Courtenay writes such big books it's hard to read them in bed at night. Listening is much more fun.
When Jack was stuck in the laundry truck.
Jack would have to be the favorite.
Jack. He went through so much in his life.
A fantastic read. So sorry that Bryce is gone. I have read all his books and loved them all.
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