©1999 Bruce Courtenay; (P)2000 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"Narrator Humphrey Bower doesn't miss a nuance. His villains have a sharp, nasal nastiness, and his love scenes tickle the hairs at the nape of the neck. Bower's performance is spot-on." (Audiofile)
Ratings Guide: 5=Loved it; 4=Liked it A Lot; 3=So So; 2=Didn’t like it; 1=No
What a story! Due to the previous reviews and the synopsis I won’t go into what this was about; instead I wanted to add my views of how much I like Bryce Courtney and the narrator Humphrey Bower. What a combination. Mr. Bower is a master of acting – in narration – and if he ever becomes a huge video star his talents would be missed. Mr. Courtney is a master story teller of things I know/knew little of. In his preface he notes that the surroundings and personalities were accurate; with that in mind and having little else to go on, he painted quite an existence. As with most history, women are constantly victims and those who choose not to be, are very interesting people indeed. Get the series – each book could stand on their own but one without the other would miss a lot. I will listen to the series again.
I agree with all the highly rated reviews, so I won't waste my breath. A worthy end to the series -- although you wish it wasn't the end. I would bascially say that if you, like me were dissapointed by "Tommo and Hawk" -- it's worth continuing on to "Solomon's Song." This book, while not quite as epic in scope as "The Potato Factory," and potentially a little rushed at a few places, is much better than "Tommo and Hawk." It has some unforgettable elements and characters -- and the last few hours make an emotionally poignant finale to this long journey over hundreds of years.
Loved it! Humphrey is a master narrator and this book ends the story of the family saga. I am a complete fan of anything the Bryce writes and this book didn't disappoint!
This is the end of the Solomon triology. I read each one as well as the 'Power of One'. Courtenay is a master story-teller; in fact, Hawk Solomon, I believe, is one of the best characters in English literature.
The birth of Australia and its early days up to the First World War are revealed beautifully and starkly in these three novels.
However, this may be the last Courtenay novel I will 'read'. The tragic endings are too predictable. I don't necessarily enjoy soapy Hollywood conclusions, but enough is enough. It is like the author wants to beat up the reader. This is particularly true in 'Solomon's Song'. You know what's coming and how it will all end.
It's unfortunate because these are wonderful stories, magnificant characters, and incredible humour even amid death.
However, I will look for books narrated by Humphrey Bower. His range of voices is astounding. He brings all the characters to life.
If it weren't for the predictable ending, this would be 5 out 5.
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
This was a great conclusion to the story of 2 sides of the Solomon family.The narrator is excellent. One of the best. He made me want to sit in my driveway and keep listening. I look forward to listening to other books by this author and narrator.
I am somewhat surprised to find myself feeling that this third book is the best of the Australia trilogy. The book might be considered to have a structural flaw; it begins as a continuation of the Solomon story featuring main characters from the first two books, focusing on the same essential conflicts and again set in Australia and Tasmania. Then the focus shifts to a new character - Ben Tikelman - as the protagonist, and World War I Turkey and Europe as the setting.
But Courtenay has a story telling gift and he is a master of making one truly care about the fate of his characters. I was deeply touched by the bonds that developed between the soldiers and by their fates. Ben rivals Hawk as an embodiment of the best of humankind (standing out among so many flawed ones) and as eminently likable. Less earnest in his goodness compared to Hawk, more realistically earthy. I don't mind the Superman qualities - his exploits are truly stirring. One pictures Ben played by a young Mel Gibson (an image perhaps influenced by the Gallipolli movie).
The narrator Humphrey Bower is extraordinary and adds much to the power of the story. His voices are distinct and consistent and provide a cinematic dimension to these books.
It was tough seeing this trilogy come to a close and I also hope there will be more of the Solomon story - Courtenay has hardly concluded the tale by the end of Solomon's Song.
When I heard the music come on to signal the end of this book my jaw just dropped. NO WAY, I exclaimed! NOTHING was resolved.
This was sold as the LAST in the trilogy and it was just such a shabby thing to do to people that have invested their money and time in the earlier books. I think this is one of the times that Audible should do the right thing and give my credit back. It's better than nothing since I cant get back the wasted time I booked while listening to it.
Diana Gabledon left her last book in a cliff hanger but people also know there is another book coming. After that I promised myself I was not going to read a series that takes longer than a year to get the next book out. I was tricked into this one.
Thank goodness the narrator is so great. I sat miserably through all the horrors of the first World War which didn't really tell me anything new, in hopes of the continuations of the story.
****** spoiler.******* below.
What happens to Victoria,\? How did Hawke feel about what happened to Ben? Does Joshua come out of it? Do people know about what Ben did? Who gets to run the company? What about Sara???????
I'm am so furious right now..... what a jip!
ive really enjoyed some of Courtney's books -some have been overly graphic and too much rape, but this end book was a horrid ending to this trilogy. I sat at the end of it verbally , thinking no way he couldn't just end it like that. No follow through with have of a storyline he had already started. IT felt rushed and as if he was just tired of writing.
Less time with the war parts and just dropping all the storyline in Australia, he left all the rest just hanging. Courtney seems obssesesed with war and violence.
This is the first review I have written on Audiobooks and if I carry on listening to Humphrey Bouwer narrating Bryce Courtney's books, probably wont be the last. After more than 60 hours of listening to the saga of the Solomon's and all, I am truly sad to have to say goodbye to them all. They have almost become a part of my life as my job entails me travelling around in South Africa. Very saddened by the ending but I suppose in a way it was to be expected. Thank you both for the fantastic entertainment you provide.
I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy and devoured all 3 books consecutively. Humphrey Bower is an extremely impressive narrator. The characters he creates are charming and I am simply impressed at how he brings the tale alive.
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