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
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.
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.
We are sure that a follow up book was in the late authors mind.
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.
YES. I ENJOYED IT VERY MUCH
JACK AND BRIDGET IN THE BASKET AND WOULD HE KILL JD
FELT LIKE A FRIEND SITTING IN THE LOUNGE HAVING A RELAXED CHAT
I AM PLEASED I READ BRYCE COURTENAYS LAST BOOK. I WILL DEFINATELY GO BACK AND LOOK FOR MORE OF HIS EARLIER ONES.
I will keep this book and read again because I like the character. The story talks of a period of time and changes in the countries during the mid 1900's. This will also be one of the last books that one of my favorite authors.
I liked all the female characters. Jack, main character is stable boy to man who lives through some difficult plans without feeling sorry for himself but he does get incredible support from loved ones.
My favorite author and of course I would read anything he wrote.
The best part is the ending. His stories never leave you hanging, even the ones with sequels.
Humphrey bowers is me favorite reader. He's perfect. He can switch back and forth from male to female and do so many accent perfectly. I'm always amazed at his southern accent which no body can get right. You never get the chara ters mixed up because every one will have a different voice. I could listen to him read anything.
The parrot. Just kidding. Jack. The story is about Jack.
I rolled my eyes more than once and sadly though that it would be the last of his I'd listen to. I thought it was his same old storie in different clothes. Imagine how bad I felt when I found out it WAS the last one I would listen to! I'm so sad he died. Still, dont let this be your first Courtenay's book. Go with The Power of One or the Potato Factory.
While Jack of Diamonds can be a little long-winded at times, it tells a heartwarming, rag to riches and back to semi-rag tale of Jack. Characters are lively and the story is good. Humphrey Bower did a splendid job of narrating Jack's epic adventure across America, Europe and Africa.
This is another excellent story form Bryce Courtenay. Fans of his books will recognize familiar themes from previous books. The characters are engaging and the narration by Humphrey Bower is excellent (although many of the female voice characterizations sound similar). The real impact comes in the epilog where the author, "facing his own use-by date", outlines the plot for the remainder of the never-to-be-completed trilogy. Few people leave this earth with as much grace and completeness as Bryce Courtenay.
So sad to think this is the last story from Bryce courtenay. A wonderful story narrated perfectly as always from Humphrey bower .. Buyer will not be disappointed
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.
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