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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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    linda 04-29-15
    linda 04-29-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Just amazing. Never wanted it to end."

    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.

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    Joange Rice, VA, United States 04-14-15
    Joange Rice, VA, United States 04-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Sure wish there was Book 4!"

    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.

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    Henry 04-10-15
    Henry 04-10-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Great writer, Great storyteller."

    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.

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    RLS 04-04-15
    RLS 04-04-15
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    "Amazing detail told in a most captivating story."

    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.....

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    David 02-27-15
    David 02-27-15
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    "Great saga"

    Courtney is a bit long winded but the story is good enough -- if a bit gory -- to carry you along.

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    Renee 02-01-15
    Renee 02-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The end of a great trilogy"

    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.

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    Hazel C. 01-05-15
    Hazel C. 01-05-15
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    "Hazelnut"

    This was a superlative rendition of a fantastic historical tale. Written with depth on a topic of triumph in the midst of extreme dispare. A must read!!

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    Mandi 07-19-14
    Mandi 07-19-14 Member Since 2013
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 06-26-14
    Neoprene 06-26-14

    61 years old, degrees in behavior science and business. Fascinated w/ anthropology & past civilizations. This book should be a documentary

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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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  • Sharon
    Angmering, United Kingdom
    3/21/09
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • sally
    Nelson, New Zealand
    1/21/11
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    "Enjoyable listening"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    12/8/13
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    "The Last Of The Trilogy..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Solomon's Song to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    Mary Abacus is by far my favourite character overall.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending was VERY emotional to say the least!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Alcabideche, Portugal
    11/13/11
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    Cornwall, United Kingdom
    11/29/10
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    "fab"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Angie
    Leicester, United Kingdom
    1/25/14
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    "Incredible!"
    Any additional comments?

    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!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Big Jeff
    9/5/16
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    "fantastic trilogy."

    three of the best audio books I have heard. It was totally captivating....... Cannot recommend highly enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Camberley, United Kingdom
    2/1/16
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    "EXCELLENT"

    Great story and highlights the futility of war and colossal waste of life. But we never learn from history and it continues today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsey
    Coleshill, United Kingdom
    3/11/15
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    "Sudden ending!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winny
    2/26/15
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    "Epic"

    An amazing story, words cannot explain. I loved it. You must Just listen to this book. Bruce Courtenay I salute you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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