©2002 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2002 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd.
My first listen to a book by Bryce Courtenay. A really good listen with characters you will care about from beginning to end. Reader Humphrey Bower is a real treat. His reading enhances any book. Not to be missed.
Not as powerful as the Power of One, but an entertaining perspective of an alcoholic who had it all and what can push someone over the edge and then bring them back.
There was a story within a story in this book. The main story about a derelict and a wayward boy is quite good. I liked the way the author develops the characters and allows them to move and grow as we read. The smaller story about Trim the cat was also interesting but at times I felt it really slowed down the main story. I think the story of Trim was important but the author spent way to much time on the minutia of the tale. I got very bored during some of the ocean voyage because it went on and on about things that didn't matter. There was so much of that detail that was not necessary for the main story to move forward. So although I liked the story about Billy, it was at times hard to get through.
Bryce Courtenay is one of my new favorite writers. This is the fifth of his books I have read and thoroughly enjoyed. It provides an in-depth look at the life of Billie, an educated man turned homeless alcoholic. Instead of trying to avoid this character as I would on the street, I was drawn into his life and felt myself wanting to spend more time with him, to understand his addiction and wish him into recovery. His relationship with the young boy, Ryan, is at first a little hard to believe, but as the reader learns more about Billie's past, it becomes more understandable. The third main character in the book is Trim, Matthew's Flinder's cat (an historical figure), and Courtenay takes us on many adventures with Trim, as Billie shares these stories with Ryan. I found myself very interested in Trim's adventures in the beginning, but found them to be rather tedious as the story of Billie and Ryan grew and I was more interested in continuing with their story and not being interrupted with tales of Trim. Humphrey Bower is one of my all-time favorite narrators. I sometimes think he could read a shopping list and make it come alive!
Don't know. Never read the print version.
Reduced the amounts of time spent on the story of Matthew Flanders and Trim.
Humphrey Bower brings every book he narrates to life. I've listened to him lots and have never been disappointed.
A story af alcoholism and child sexual exploitation in Aussyland.
The story tells the tale of a very special friendship between an alcoholic and a child. I really think it was more about what BC wanted to say about alcoholism/addiction, it's recovery process, and make some points about child sexual exploitation. I really feel like he used this story to get his views across, while not wrong in any way, but took away from the story really just being about the characters. I connected with Billie, but would have more if he hadn't been so into project Mina bird!
The remarkable performance of Humphrey Bower zoomed this book into vibrant life. It is, quite simply, the best audiobook performance I've ever heard. There is not a false note in it. Mr Bower makes every voice unique and keeps the narrative constantly interesting. What a wonderful actor!
Again, the performance. I would normally not have been attracted to this story, and bought the book because it seemed to be about a cat (as it is, in large parts) and was on sale. Very happy I did! It was quite compelling. The characters were completely realistic and the story became truly interesting. It's an extremely good portrayal of one man's battle against severe alcoholism.
No, but I most certainly will!
Trim, the cat, of course. He is an intrepid hero!
This was really a fortunate purchase for me. Thoroughly enjoyed it, especially because of the brilliant performance, but also because the book is darned good too!
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Another great book by Bryce Courtney.
He never disappoints me. I have listened to all of his books. Sometimes more than once.
Another Brilliant story from Bryce Courtney. An amazing relationship formed on the streets of Sydney between a derelict drunk and a street wise boy. It all started with a tale about a cat! A must read/download. Beautifully narrated by Humphrey Bower.
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