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 (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
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I actually had a bit of trouble getting into the book initially. But as it went along, I trusted Bryce to get into some legendary storytelling, which of course, he did. Full of rich characters I really loved this book.
I was impressed that Mr. Bower was able to sustain a "Canadian" accent throughout this book, instead of his normal Aussie twang.
I think it would be the parrot. I just loved the way Diamond Jim's repertoire grew during the book.
I felt that Mr. Courtenay gave his listeners and readers a huge gift by adding the "epilogue" to this book, as he knew he was dying and wanted this story to be completed. Normally, he would have produced a sequel but he obviously realized that this was not to be, and added this short epilogue to let us know what happened to Jack. I loved the ending (I'm a sap) and altogether, Jack of Diamonds was a wonderful experience for me.
This book ranks in the top 5% or all the books I have listened to. I didn't want to do anything else except listen to this book once I got started
Like all Bryce Courtenay's books, I love his quirky, fascinating, lovable characters and uniqueness of his story lines.
Leading characters are invariably beautiful Christmas cards and his villains as nasty as parking tickets. His stories contain lectures on factual subjects which slow them down a bit but I still wanted to plough through to the end...where poetic justice is generously given out.
I am missing B.C already.The reading is impeccable.
It was the best of times and the worst of times. This tale is a bit Dickensian - a coming of age tale with a very cheerful and fulfilling ending. Jack of Diamonds is Courtenay at his best - an excellent blend of social history, character development and pure adventure. I'm now keen to learn poker.
EVERYTHING..... A great journey through Jack's life with the perfect ending.
What happened at the end. (Don't want to spoil the end)
It is too long... But it is SOOO good, it is hard to put down.
All though I was almost ready to stop listening at times, I did not. Jack Spade did hold me interested through out and the narration helped much.
Good story and characters but often seemed repetitive and slow moving. I think the abridged version may have been more enjoyable.
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