©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 have read Rhe Power of One and now this trilogy ending in Solomon's Song. I am looking forward to reading every book Courtney has written. I've never said that about any other author.
Escaping into a book thats always waiting for you is so wonderful a part of life. This trilogy had it all! I just loved it.
I love Bryce Courtney and really enjoyed Books 1 and 2 of this trilogy. Book 3 was not so enjoyable but I stuck with it because well, it's Courtney! Way too much war during the second 1/2 and too many questions at the end.
Bryce Courtney is a great storyteller and entertaining writer. His books could be up there with some of the "Greats" but he gets down into the details of the social gutter too much at times to appeal to a wider audience. A little more discretion on the social/human dark side would allow me to recommend this to a lot more people.
So good. I couldn't wait for the next opportunity to start again each day. Fell in love with the characters immediately. Sorry only to be finished now.....
I loved all three of his books but this one not my favorite. I am not a big fan of war novels and the majority of this is about Ben in WW1. That being said, this series of books was the best I have ever listened to on Audible. I would highly recommend this trilogy. I wish there was a book four.
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.
61 years old, degrees in behavior science and business. Fascinated w/ anthropology & past civilizations. This book should be a documentary
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.
"The best audio book I have ever listened to"
A monumental look at Australian life in times of war and peace. The depiction of the cause and effect of Australia's participation in world wars and especially their role at Galipoli heart rendering and traumatic and makes one wonder as to their ill-founded patriotism for the mother country for which most Australian soldiers were unprepared for. A truly magnificent and enthralling book superbly narated by Humphrey Bower. I was devastated when I got to the end of the audio book and found that Bryce Courtenay hadn't written a sequel. Anybody wanting an insight into Australian life from 1800s onwards would be hard pressed to find a better book.
Another enjoyable book from Bryce Courtenay. It follows the Saga and family rivally from the previous two books. This one neatly follows on from Tommo and Hawk answering questions left from that story. The new generation has thier own dilemas and trauma as the story weaves through those into the first world war.
It did leave me feeling there is plenty of room for a further book.
"The Last Of The Trilogy..."
Yes because of the fabulous performance by the narrator Humphrey Bower. I read the first book and have listened to the second and third and thoroughly enjoyed them all.
After already having such a strong bond with the characters from the other 2 books it was good to have some conclusion in the final of the three.
Mary Abacus is by far my favourite character overall.
The ending was VERY emotional to say the least!
Was sad to have this fabulous trilogy of books come to an end. Bryce Courtenay is a wonderful author has a great flow and makes for an easy read. I didn't want to put any of them down. As with the other books in the series there is a great sense of history and the ability to tell it well.
"An absorbing story"
I was aware that this was book was the third part of a trilogy before I began listening and although I had no prior knowledge of the previous two volumes it mattered little as the story was unfolded in such a way as to explain the past events which led up the the culmination of this Australasian classic.
It did, however, take me quite some time to become attuned to the staccato style of reading by Humphrey Bower who throughout seemed almost incapable of delivering much more than a dozen words in sequence without inserting what was often a pointless and distracting pause. Maybe this was the way in which Courtenay wrote the story - but I somehow doubt it!
Nonetheless, I found the story both absorbing and emotive - particularly the latter chapters dealing with the tragedies of World War 1 and fate of the Anzac forces in Galipoli - and would recommend it to anybody who has an interest in this period of history.
It wasn't until I had finished listening to this I realised it was the last of a trilogy. However, it was gripping from the beginning as the outlines and potted histories are well laid out, which might slightly irritate those who have read the previous novels. The narration is superb, and the descriptions of the fighting in Gallipoli and the trenches in France, are stunning. The author has brilliantly crafted a platoon of men who are thrown together in war, it is truly moving. But thats the second half, the whole fascinating story of the Solomon family and its beginnings and growth in Tasmania are equally enthralling. You learn facts of true events along the way. I liked it so much I have now listened to the whole trilogy, but if you only read one, then this is my favourite.
Having read 'The Power of One' many moons ago, I was well aware that Bryce Courtenay could tell a tale, as it has been my number one recommendation to anyone who will listen for many a year. However, it has now been usurped by this amazing trilogy. Humphrey Bower's narration is superb, and if anyone is looking for a great story steeped in historical fact, these 3 books are a must! I am sorry to have come to the end of such a riveting listen. Bravo, Mr. Courtenay, Bravo!!!
three of the best audio books I have heard. It was totally captivating....... Cannot recommend highly enough.
Great story and highlights the futility of war and colossal waste of life. But we never learn from history and it continues today.
I was unsure whether to continue with the trilogy after Tommo and Hawk as I did not feel the second book lived up to the promise of the first. I am also unlikely to choose a book about war, however this is written in such a way that the characters remain more important than the action. I did however feel that the book had a rather sudden ending that felt rushed.
An amazing story, words cannot explain. I loved it. You must Just listen to this book. Bruce Courtenay I salute you.
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