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Solomon's Song Audiobook
Solomon's Song
Written by: 
Bryce Courtenay
Narrated by: 
Humphrey Bower
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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)

What Members Say

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    Amazon Customer Arcadia, CA, United States 03-09-12
    Amazon Customer Arcadia, CA, United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2002
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    "That's it???"
    Any additional comments?

    What a disappointing and non-resolved ending. The first two books were great. And this final book in the series was a dud... I should have stopped after 'Tommo & Hawk'.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nanonymous 06-09-11
    Nanonymous 06-09-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Listened to complete the series..."

    Glad I listened to the whole series, but this was not my favorite Courtenay. Though I enjoyed parts, I didn't feel as invested in the new characters introduced and was left a little unsatisfied with the way some of the story lines were concluded.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dolores L. Loftin Sun Lakes, AZ, US 08-16-07
    Dolores L. Loftin Sun Lakes, AZ, US 08-16-07 Member Since 2016
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    "Heart stopping!"

    I've read about six of Bryce's books. I would have been burnt out with most authors, but as soon as I've completed a book, I want it to go on --- tell me more -- don't let it end like this!
    Still feel that this is not the end of the Solomon saga. There are still more fascinating characters to explore. Bryce always leaves a "hook".

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    sherri l hughes 03-07-07 Member Since 2008
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    "Solomon's Song"

    An outstanding saga, an fantastic performance, a truly riveting listen. Profoundly moving at times.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret San Francisco, CA USA 06-04-12
    Margaret San Francisco, CA USA 06-04-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Sorry to Finish the Book"
    Would you listen to Solomon's Song again? Why?

    Yes, but in sequence with the other two books...to spend time with Victoria and Ben as they pick up where the last generation left off.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Solomon's Song?

    The last page, but that would be a spoiler.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    What's not to like? He's astonishingly gifted at voicing very different characters. I'll look for him again and again.


    If you could take any character from Solomon's Song out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Hawk. Who wouldn't take a seven foot tall, face-tattoo'd pacifist to dinner?


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend the series: it's a masterwork of the historical family saga variety.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 02-04-08
    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 02-04-08 Member Since 2014

    Curtis

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    "Decent Sequel"

    Of the series of three books, The Potatoe Factory is a solid 4-star while the two sequels are average 3-star books. The first book reads much like a Dickens novel especially the first half plus set in London. It is a nice story with villains you love to hate but enjoy following. The second and third installments are more formulaic and too politically correct in some ways. They are worth listening to if you want to continue the story into the next generations. The narrator is fantastic in this series.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 05-26-12
    Jan 05-26-12 Member Since 2011

    Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "You really don't want to go here..."

    The Potato Factory was so good, Tommo and Hawk not quite as good... but the cliffhanger drags you right into this Solomon's Song... the supposed end. But you will be left unsatisfied. It feels like author was up against deadlines. His writing style changes to telling instead of showing in large parts of the book... the first part of book doesn't jive with second part of book which seems to place characters into the war, simply to discuss the war historically. When the audio book ended... I came back to my library to see if I had missed downloading a third section, because there is a whole lot of loose ends never addressed in finishing the trilogy. Buy the Potato Factory... but stop there.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kilrog 05-08-11
    Kilrog 05-08-11
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    "If only to finish the trilogy"

    I won’t spoil this book for those who have not yet listened to it. I will just say that after the absolutely perfect 10 star epic Potato Factory, and the lesser but almost equally enjoyable, Tommo and Hawk, this finale comes up short. The author has dropped his previous deep character development for an anti-war statement that the listener can see coming from a mile away. So many great storylines just piddle out and the entire book shifts into nothingness, with a completely predictable and abrupt "message" ending. I absolutely love this trilogy and am so sad that it ended with such disappointment. Having said that, the overall story was well worth the credits and I'm 90% happy with it all. Then again, I was 200% happy after The Potato Factory :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Louise WINTON, CA, USA 04-06-07
    Louise WINTON, CA, USA 04-06-07
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    "Worst Thing Is"

    I was so happy to get this third in the Soloman Saga. Most books I can usually put down and pick up at some time in the future. But Bryce Courtenay's novels are totally engaging so that you feel yourself in the story. Every scene is cinematic.
    But the worst thing about every book by this author is that they do end and sometimes not the way you would like.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Max 11-14-14
    Max 11-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I'm a fan"

    This was a great trilogy story but the performance of the narrator made it the probably the best audio book series I've ever listened to. (that's a period).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Hilary
    Shepton Mallet, Somerset, United Kingdom
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    "What a finish!"

    Okay, so I listened to the first and second books of this trilogy. Captivated, I wanted to read the third; I was desperate to know what happened to the characters. But this book moves into the First World War; not my favourite period, not a first choice for me. The part of this book set in Gallipoli is extraordinary; it's damning about many aspects of WW1 and it's immensely moving. I'll try more Bryce Courtenay on the strength of this series, and because they're nearly all narrated by the fantastic Humphrey Bower. Thanks to both for my outstanding listens of this year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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