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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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    Richard IL 05-12-13
    Richard IL 05-12-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Beware the Ending"

    I truly enjoyed the characters and the story in this trilogy. A tiny bit less so in book two and then book three. The killer for me was how it all ended. So abruptly that I was thrown out of my chair and through the picture window. Prepare for that and this is a great trilogy!

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    Daria Royal Oak, MI, United States 04-18-13
    Daria Royal Oak, MI, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Fantastic Trilogy"

    The story is captivating, the characters fascinating and the narration engaging. Loved these three books.

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    MMA Queenstown, New Zealand 04-11-13
    MMA Queenstown, New Zealand 04-11-13
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    "quite disappointing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Too much of a war story, quite boring really...


    What could Bryce Courtenay have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    make it more of an epic story, not a boring war story...


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, his performance is great, the book was just the worst i've listened to or read of Bryce Courtney


    Do you think Solomon's Song needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO!


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    N. Kritkausky Phoenix AZ 04-08-13
    N. Kritkausky Phoenix AZ 04-08-13 Member Since 2010

    always improving

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    "Love this book, and the narrator is excellent"
    Would you listen to Solomon's Song again? Why?

    Probably not, only because I don't ever read or listen to books twice.


    What other book might you compare Solomon's Song to and why?

    The potato factory, it is part of the same triology.


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

    No, it is too long.


    Any additional comments?

    I just love the narrator, he makes all the characters voices different. It really is one of the best books I listened to, and I believe it was due to this fact.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 04-01-13
    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 04-01-13 Member Since 2007

    Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.

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    "Not a Standalone Book--Part 3 of Trilogy"

    As my header says: this book doesn't stand well as a single story. However as a continuation (or final chapter) of the series, it is quite satisfying.

    I want to say upfront that the narration by H. Bower is consistently excellent across all three books. Major huzzahs to the narrator!!!

    Previous reviewers for this final installment have had two major themes:

    1) "the third book is the weakest of the three".
    If judging this one book on its own, then I would agree. But as a completion of a three part story, it did its job admirably.

    2) "the attention and time paid to the battle of Gallipoli was overdone".
    Here I don't agree. First, and importantly, the author has said that this trilogy is his homage to his homeland of Australia. I think we should respect that and find his (rather disturbing and still brilliant) description of this historic battle as a heartfelt tribute to those who fought for their country and beliefs. Was it a major part of the book? ... yes. But it brought home pathos, courage and camaraderie in a very poignant way. There was humor and there was tragedy. Why we humans continue to wage war is very much at the forefront of this part of the book. I was tempted to speed forward through this part of the book, but I'm glad I didn't. It would have been disrespectful to the story the author wanted to tell and it would have left the final storyline hanging.

    Overall, I can whole-heartedly recommend this triology. Read all 3 books in sequence and enjoy!!

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    Mrs Reading, United Kingdom 03-29-13
    Mrs Reading, United Kingdom 03-29-13 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "amazing trilogy"
    If you could sum up Solomon's Song in three words, what would they be?

    absolutely amazing. Definitely worth reading / listening to all three books. I would highly recommend all three books to any reader


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    carol Coquitlam, BC, Canada 03-27-13
    carol Coquitlam, BC, Canada 03-27-13
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    "Last of the trilogy"

    I enjoyed this book. I really enjoy the writing style of this author, and his extensive historical research, making his books such an enjoyable read (or listen)
    This book concentrates on WW1 and the battle at Galipoli.
    Again, I did not know much about this era, or this battle.
    In school, WW1 was glossed over, and more concentration was placed on WW2, so I learned quite alot.
    Having said that, I enjoyed the first book in the trilogy the best. (The Potatoe Factory), the 2nd, Tommo and Hawk, the least, and this book I found to be nowhere near as wonderful as the Potatoe Factory, but it was still good.
    IMHO, worth your credit. Make sure to start at the beginning though, with The Potatoe Factory.

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    marsha Quakertown, PA, United States 03-22-13
    marsha Quakertown, PA, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointing!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The listening experience was fine.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bryce Courtenay again?

    Sure. He did a good job.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When David anger resulted in a stroke. Great scene.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really. After Book 1 and 2 of the trilogy I expected a better conclusion on these families. What happened to Hawk, did Joshua end up as the head if the company or is he in a looney bin? There is no conclusion of the main characters, no conclusion of these 2 families. I'm very disappointed.


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    M. DeCarlo San Diego, CA 03-18-13
    M. DeCarlo San Diego, CA 03-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Too Busy

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    "Great Book"
    Where does Solomon's Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Third book in series need to listen to previous two to get full impact of the book. I listened to all three back to back over course of 6 weeks. The three books together are so good will make you disappointed in anything you listen to afterwards


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Given that the three books span 3 generations, you feel vested in the characters. Difficult to pick a favorite one.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Great, glad they kept same narrator for all three books.


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    Pinky 03-11-13
    Pinky 03-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Haunting story not easy to forget"
    Where does Solomon's Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent, most memorable and haunting


    What did you like best about this story?

    Reader and author made characters come alive


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

    The intense emotion in the book, horror of war, the enduring human spirit, parts that I would have skimmed if not listening to them. All enriched the experience.


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

    Yes but made myself take the time to reflect as I read by taking breaks


    Any additional comments?

    Not to be missed, has it all, joy, sadness, hope, horror. Read all three parts in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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