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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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    Christoph Briggi Roseville, CA United States 02-25-13
    Christoph Briggi Roseville, CA United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Excellent LONG story!"
    Where does Jack of Diamonds rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The epilog introduction - stunning reality of Bryce's and your own mortality.


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    Colin Manly, NSW, Australia 02-23-13
    Colin Manly, NSW, Australia 02-23-13 Member Since 2014

    Live in Sydney, Australia. South African heritage. Love audio books. Constant company on my non-stop business travels.

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    "For Bryce Courtenay fans"

    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.

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    Janette Sydney, Australia 02-21-13
    Janette Sydney, Australia 02-21-13
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    "Wonderful experience, thankyou audible.com.au."
    What made the experience of listening to Jack of Diamonds the most enjoyable?

    I found my self so involved with the novel that I couldn't wait for the next opportunity to listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Spade.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I cried when he was introduced to his son, by the lady he loved so much.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Bryce Courtenay novel. First of many thanks to audible.com.au

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    John 02-20-13
    John 02-20-13
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    "Great book remarkable ending"
    What did you love best about Jack of Diamonds?

    Great story could not stop my phone narrator just the best congratulations


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Story


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

    The characters he became


    If you could rename Jack of Diamonds, what would you call it?

    Leave it alone


    Any additional comments?

    My first Audiobook loved it

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    Maria M. Tutor 02-11-13

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    "Master Story Teller...."
    What did you love best about Jack of Diamonds?

    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.


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

    Humphrey Bower gives a superb performance which enhances the experience of the book - best performance I have heard!


    Who was the most memorable character of Jack of Diamonds and why?

    I loved Jack and the book if full of lively, thoroughly developed characters.


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    Quilter 02-11-13
    Quilter 02-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Didn't want it to end!"

    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!

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    Margaret Australia 02-05-13
    Margaret Australia 02-05-13
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    "Fantastic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Jack of Diamonds to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jack of Diamonds?

    When Jack was stuck in the laundry truck.


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

    Jack would have to be the favorite.


    Who was the most memorable character of Jack of Diamonds and why?

    Jack. He went through so much in his life.


    Any additional comments?

    A fantastic read. So sorry that Bryce is gone. I have read all his books and loved them all.

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    R. Ulmarra, Australia 02-04-13
    R. Ulmarra, Australia 02-04-13
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    "Not quite up to previous books but still brilliant"
    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, we have listened to many, he has the ability to change characters which keeps the listener totally involved in the story.
    In the future we will look for other authors books that are narrated by Mr.
    Humphrey Bower.


    Do you think Jack of Diamonds needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    We are sure that a follow up book was in the late authors mind.


    Any additional comments?

    We have listened to 13 of Bryce Courtenay books all narrated by Humphrey Bower and have enjoyed all books, we will continue collecting the rest of the late authors books.
    The late Mr. Bryce Courtenay will be sadly missed.

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    Faith Durban, South Africa 01-29-13
    Faith Durban, South Africa 01-29-13
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    "ENJOYABLE READ"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES. I ENJOYED IT VERY MUCH


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jack of Diamonds?

    JACK AND BRIDGET IN THE BASKET AND WOULD HE KILL JD


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    FELT LIKE A FRIEND SITTING IN THE LOUNGE HAVING A RELAXED CHAT


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    I AM PLEASED I READ BRYCE COURTENAYS LAST BOOK. I WILL DEFINATELY GO BACK AND LOOK FOR MORE OF HIS EARLIER ONES.

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    Joan 01-18-13
    Joan 01-18-13
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    "A really good read"

    A thoroughly enjoyable, interesting and believable story, with well defined characters. Humphrey Bower tells it well.

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