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
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.
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.
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