©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)
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 :)
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.
Late middle-aged constant reader who greatly prefers Audible "reads" to radio. I love all books -- Audible, eReader and print editions.
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.
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).
Humphrey Bower's voice definitely adds to the piece.
I always appreciate Courtenay's attention to detail - you can see, hear, and even smell his stories.
He did a nice job with a range of characters giving each a distinct personality.
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.
Well written and performed, but it left me feeling like the story was unfinished.
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.
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.
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.
Humphrey Bower is an actor first, a orator second. I can not imagine listening to these books without his reading brilliance.
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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