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Solomon's Song Audiobook

Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

©1999 Bruce Courtenay; (P)2000 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    M. DeCarlo San Diego, CA 03-18-13
    M. DeCarlo San Diego, CA 03-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Too Busy

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    "Great Book"
    Where does Solomon's Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Third book in series need to listen to previous two to get full impact of the book. I listened to all three back to back over course of 6 weeks. The three books together are so good will make you disappointed in anything you listen to afterwards


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Given that the three books span 3 generations, you feel vested in the characters. Difficult to pick a favorite one.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Great, glad they kept same narrator for all three books.


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    Pinky 03-11-13
    Pinky 03-11-13
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    "Haunting story not easy to forget"
    Where does Solomon's Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent, most memorable and haunting


    What did you like best about this story?

    Reader and author made characters come alive


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The intense emotion in the book, horror of war, the enduring human spirit, parts that I would have skimmed if not listening to them. All enriched the experience.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but made myself take the time to reflect as I read by taking breaks


    Any additional comments?

    Not to be missed, has it all, joy, sadness, hope, horror. Read all three parts in order.

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    Ásdís Siglufjörður, Iceland 03-04-13
    Ásdís Siglufjörður, Iceland 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not happy!"

    Not to misunderstand, the storytelling is the best and the narrator is first class as have been in Potato Factory and Tommo and Hawk. But the war is just not what I enjoy so much and the ending is so sad though not surprising. I have thoroughly enjoy this trilogy about the descendants of Iky Solomon and Mary Abacus as well as stories of Australia and its peoples. Thank you.

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    Evelyn J Martin San Antonio, TX, US 03-02-13
    Evelyn J Martin San Antonio, TX, US 03-02-13 Member Since 2012

    I am an avid mystery/thriller, historical fiction and political fiction listener. I listen while working (I am a remodeling contractor).

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    "Solomon's last song!"

    Sadly the trilogy comes to an end. When I got the Potato Factory in one of Audible's great sale offers I never dreamed I would hooked on a historical fiction story (not my usual genre). But I couldn't wait for each of the sequels. I was disappointed a little with Tommo and Hawk, but Solomon's Song made me laugh and cry and cry agian. Had I been reading instead of listening it would have hard through the tears but worth every tissue. Humphrey Bower is perfect once again delivering a stellar preformance of all the different characters.

    My advice - don't miss the Trilogy!

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    Christopher Sacramento, CA, United States 02-27-13
    Christopher Sacramento, CA, United States 02-27-13
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    "Moving"

    In history WW2 tends to overshadow WW1. The accounts of WW1 were moving. It wraps up the series nicely.

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    january Rock Hill, SC 02-23-13
    january Rock Hill, SC 02-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "It seems like he was ready to be done with it"

    I loved, loved, loved the first two books of this trilogy. I couldn't get enough of them, and finished listening to all 40+ hours in less than 2 weeks. I was excited to get my new monthly credit to spend on this final book. I was certain that Tommo didn't really die and I wanted to find out what new adventures awaited the Brothers Solomon.

    I enjoy the way Mr. Courtenay creates characters, both flawed and honorable, that you can fall in love with. What I don't like is, he makes you love these characters just so you can be let down when he kills them off in horrible ways. Why can't anyone in these books have a happily ever after? Why couldn't Tommo or Hawk have a wonderful partnership with a caring wife? Why couldn't Tommo's daughter find a guy who wasn't a sleaze ball, that could love her for who she was? Why couldn't Ben, Tommo's grandson, end up with Sarah and let her help him through his troubled life?

    Bryce Courtenay writes with such detail, but the ending, in contrast, is so abrupt that you're left thinking that perhaps he ran out of time or energy to keep up the pace. Sure, I get it that hope springs from tragedy. But it all seemed so prematurely concluded. Why couldn't there have been just one more chapter that told us of how Victoria carried on the family business? Maybe marrying (or not, based on Courtenay's tendency to keep all main characters single) and having a child who was worthy of Mary's hopes and dreams.

    Courtenay's books are full of tragedy and loss, but they never lose the thread of hope that one day things will be better. You always feel that things might turn out ok in the end. That is something I very much enjoyed about reading these books. They parallel real life, in that, not everything goes right, or as planned, but you can't lose hope for the future.

    Overall, I am not disappointed that I read this series. I don't choose to read books about war (Tom Clancy and the like), so these books have given me knowledge about war that I didn't have before. They also paint a vivid portrait of humanity that I find to be amazing.

    The narrator is by far the best I've heard so far (apologies to George Guidall). He brings these books to life.

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    Steve Tapping, Australia 01-29-13
    Steve Tapping, Australia 01-29-13
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes- If they have read the previous 2 books "The Potato Factory" & "Tommo & Hawk" this is essential to round out the story


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It was good to see how the Solomon dynasty ended however i felt it was a bit clipped and rushed


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Humphrey's narration was excellent he is by far one of my favorites. Throughout the trilogy his narration rarely waivered and the characters were easily identifiable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The ending was terrible for me and made me feel like it had all been for nothing, this may have been the point, however i would have been just as happy if Bryce has taken some licence


    Any additional comments?

    The Potato Factory and Tommo & Hawk were great. I did feel coming to the last third of this book like the writer had got bored of his own story and rushed the ending to finish it. In my view i would still recommend the trilogy as a whole and Solomons song as rounding out the first two books

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    Greg 01-12-13
    Greg 01-12-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Entertainment"
    Would you listen to Solomon's Song again? Why?

    yes, It is filled with adventure, sadness, hope, love, and all the follies of human existence. You become involved with the characters and either love or hate them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It moved at a natural pace and kept my attention


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    Ike


    Who was the most memorable character of Solomon's Song and why?

    Ike, You have to have an opinion about him. The things he does take bravery, but he is cowardly and at times kind.


    Any additional comments?

    Just listen or read it, it won't take long to get involved with all of these people.

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    K.D. Keenan Northern California 01-07-13
    K.D. Keenan Northern California 01-07-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Engaging, enthralling, disappointing"

    "Solomon's Song" is the third and final book of Courtnay's trilogy about the history of Australia as told through the lives of two semi-fictional families. As always, the story is compelling and I couldn't stop listening. Humphrey Bower's narration is spellbinding--as always.

    However, the ending left me rather dissatisfied, which was a surprise. Courtnay is a skillful writer, but I guess endings are always difficult, especially when dealing with the huge cast of characters he created here. I won't say anything more about it because I don't want to spoil it for others, and I certainly would recommend the trilogy as an overall excellent and hefty read.

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    veronica Mernda, Australia 01-05-13
    veronica Mernda, Australia 01-05-13
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    "Call me a hopeless romantic"

    I think that the reader deserved a better ending than what was given. The trilogy of books were entertaining, interesting, motivational and informative. The books flowed beautifully but unfortunately I think the the reader is robbed by the ending of this book. It was out off character for Ben to behave in the way that he did and so too for Joshua for that matter. One can't paint characters to be strong and intelligent and then make them act like absolute morons. It just left a bitter taste in my mouth. I could have thought of at least 5 better endings which would not take away from the readers perception or intelligence. Anyways, having said my piece I will still highly recommend this book and the two previous as they are amazingly written. Bravo, Bryce Courtenay and thank you for putting pen to paper.

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