©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)
Unlike other reviewers who almost steered me away from this book, I am glad I listened to it. I agree that devoting so much of the book to WW1 was too much. The thing I really hated was the ending! Really? You couldn't do better than this? there was no reward for slogging through everything about the war. But the first part of the book was good.
I am a television editor and producer. There are so many ways to tell a story, but novel writing is the purest form. I am working on my first novel. It is the hardest yet most satisfying endeavor of my life so far.
The whole series is well written taking us on a fantastic journey through time and multiple lands and cultures.
This third book rapidly moves into the next 2 generations while continuing many of the central conflicts from the earlier books.
The last third of the novel focuses on WWI in a captivating and detailed manner. The main characters stay key to the bigger story.
My only issue with the conclusion of the trilogy is its abrupt ending. It technically resolves the series - but feels rushed and less thorough than the capabilities of the author had proved up to that point.
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.
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