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Solomon's Song Audiobook

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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    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.

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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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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 06-10-14
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 06-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Glad the Austrailian trilogy is over!"

    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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    JB 05-31-14
    JB 05-31-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Worth it!"

    This was the best Book of the Trilogy. It was hard to stop listening, and it was gut wrenching.

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    Susan seal rock, OR, USA 05-22-14
    Susan seal rock, OR, USA 05-22-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Reading"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Solomon's Song to be better than the print version?

    yes I love listening to audio books , Humphrey Bower is a wonderful narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Solomon's Song?

    The trilogy was so captivating I listened to the 3 back to back ...I found the description of the war a bit too much to handle , perhaps its because I was uneducated about the first world war.a little let down at the end but on a whole I really enjoyed them .


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    Brian Glotzbach 05-11-14 Member Since 2011
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    "He never finishes the story."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story is great just unfinished.


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

    Let us know the rest of the story. It left me hanging. All these great characters are developed and nothing is resolved. The reason you write a series is to tell the whole story. There needed to be a 4th book, or resolution at the end of the 3rd book. It is like writing the Lord of the Rings and stopping after "The Two Towers"; not writing "The Return of the King".


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

    Teekleman. I loved her character but they developed her character and dropped her. How does the story end!!!!!!!!! I guess we'll never know.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Solomon's Song?

    Galipoli was shocking but too long. I would have finished the story the first two books set up beautifully. I was salivating for resolution.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the Power of One, Tandia and the first two books of this series.
    Bryce Courtney had become one of my favorite authors and I had intended flying through all of his books, but Solomons Song turned me off. Maybe I'll come back someday but for now I'm through. It was a great letdown. I was left feeling "You've got to be kidding, that's it, don't leave me here".

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    Gregory 04-25-14
    Gregory 04-25-14 Member Since 2013

    A day without sunshine is like, well, night.

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    "From Australia to Europe"

    I found the Potato Factory and Tommo & Hawk different, but both outstanding (5 Star) books. The narration continues to be outstanding and although I liked Solomon's Song very much, I did not enjoy it to the same degree as I did the first two novels.

    As is his style, Mr. Courtenay did not shy away from the darkness that exists in the actions of man, and he carried that into his descriptions of WWI and Gallipoli. I do not share the sentiment that the author demonstrated any particular anti-war sentiment in the writing of the novel. The history concerning WWI and Gallipoli, the motivations behind the war, and the tactics employed during the execution of the War are simply facts. A career military officer will be among the first to echo the profound waste and stupidity demonstrated by Nations and military leaders during that conflict.

    What rang very true to me was the description of the bonds established by those in combat. My one criticism about the end of this series was that it left me dissatisfied. Not so much with what happened, but what the author does not address. Overall, the book is very good (4 Stars) and a worthy listen.

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    Monica 04-17-14
    Monica 04-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic writer but..."

    I love this writer and I always enjoy his stories. However I am a sucker for a happy ending and I am often left disappointed with this particular Arthur

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