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Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3 | [Bryce Courtenay]

Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

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.
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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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    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 :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mary j aboughadareh 05-13-08
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    "Really a 4 1/2"

    I guess I just missed the characters of the first two. Not much really happened and I suspect it was meant to tribute Australia's contribution to WWII. It did a good job of that. For me it was too much fighting and not enough story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cathleen Chicago, IL, United States 08-28-08
    Cathleen Chicago, IL, United States 08-28-08 Member Since 2007

    Late middle-aged constant reader who greatly prefers Audible "reads" to radio. I love all books -- Audible, eReader and print editions.

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    "Wonderful Surprise"

    I really had no idea what to expect from this saga but I found myself driving around the block day after day to finish portions of the story on my car player. I learned abobut the Gallipoli campaign, the growth of the economy in Australia, New Zeland and Tasmania and was fascinated by the richness of the settings. The characters were not studied in detail, but they caught the imagination and captured my attention. It was a delightful discovery.

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    Alex Lizzi 01-11-08
    Alex Lizzi 01-11-08 Member Since 2005
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    I thought the book held my intrest cover to cover. Exellent wreiter

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    Dennis United States 11-14-14
    Dennis United States 11-14-14 Member Since 2009
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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).

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    Mandi 07-19-14
    Mandi 07-19-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Interesting Trilogy, but leaves you hanging"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Solomon's Song to be better than the print version?

    Humphrey Bower's voice definitely adds to the piece.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I always appreciate Courtenay's attention to detail - you can see, hear, and even smell his stories.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    He did a nice job with a range of characters giving each a distinct personality.


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

    I will admit to walking around with headphones in during every spare moment for several days to the great annoyance of others around me during this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Well written and performed, but it left me feeling like the story was unfinished.

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    Dian ormeau, Australia 07-16-14
    Dian ormeau, Australia 07-16-14 Listener Since 2008
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    "Last but not least."

    The last book in the Trilogy and again, I couldn't put it down. Humphrey Bower is a great narrator. All the books were very graphic and exciting. Can't wait to read my next Bryce Courtney book.

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    Neoprene Auburn, CA, United States 06-26-14
    Neoprene Auburn, CA, United States 06-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Listened to trilogy from beginning to end WOW"
    What made the experience of listening to Solomon's Song the most enjoyable?

    Bryce Courtenay is brilliant. The Narration is engaging and the characters come to life as if in a movie. A must read. I am sure I will listen to all his work many times over.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Each character is developed and then redeveloped as the years pass between the pages. How can you not respect, hate or fall in love with these imaginative beings you feel you know as friends.


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

    Humphrey Bower is an actor first, a orator second. I can not imagine listening to these books without his reading brilliance.


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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 06-10-14
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 06-10-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Glad the Austrailian trilogy is over!"

    I had purchased the The Potato Factory trilogy by Bryce Courtney all together. Even though I especially didn't like the 2nd book, I just finished reading the 3rd book, Solomon's Song.

    Unfortunately, it was disappointing, especially the ending. I feel that he didn’t really bring the story to a close, even though I was so happy that it was over!! I would have liked to have learned more about Ben's sister, Victoria, during the story. It would have also been great to see what was happening with the Potato Factory and Hawk while Ben was at war.

    I have always enjoyed Bryce Courtney's books in the past, but not this series.

    The narrator, Humphrey Bower, was excellent though.

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    Jayce 05-31-14
    Jayce 05-31-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Worth it!"

    This was the best Book of the Trilogy. It was hard to stop listening, and it was gut wrenching.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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