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Solomon's Song Audiobook
Solomon's Song
Written by: 
Bryce Courtenay
Narrated by: 
Humphrey Bower
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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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    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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    Shelley Newburgh, IN, United States 03-27-14
    Shelley Newburgh, IN, United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Masterfully written"
    Where does Solomon's Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the 3rd in the series and it does not disappoint.... Very near the top in my overall favorite list!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how the characters stories were interwoven, sometimes a bit fancifully, but then again, it is fiction. This third in the series contained a bit more war and bloodshed than the first two so it was not quite as entertaining as I found the others. Having said that, I still did not want it to end any more than I did the first 2!! Very entertaining and so easy to be attached to the characters.


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

    I love the Aussie and New Zealand accents... they both lend an air of authenticity.


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

    Oh gosh yes, just not possible


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    Regina Round Lake Beach, IL, United States 03-26-14
    Regina Round Lake Beach, IL, United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautifully written, as I've come to expect."

    I was a little surprised by the somewhat abrupt ending to the story. I loved the trilogy!

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    David Knize TUCSON, AZ, US 03-13-14
    David Knize TUCSON, AZ, US 03-13-14 Member Since 2007
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    "A satisfying conclusion in this trilogy."
    Where does Solomon's Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Bryce Courtenay is my favorite author and Humphrey Bowers is a terrific reader. The Potato Factory was the first book in this trilogy and probably the best. However, "Toma and Hawk" and "Solomon's Song" were very enjoyable as well. I don't think the reader would enjoy Solomon's Song as much without having read the previous two books. The beauty of Courtenay's books is that when you finish one, you immedicately want to followup on another of his books.


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

    The discussion Hawk has with his granddaughter about the perils of power and its ability to corrupt---even in the case of her precious trade union. Nuggets of life's wisdom are studded through Courtenay's writings.


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

    I have listened to over 10 Humphrey Bowers readings and he is always excellent. He IS the voice of Courtnay's characters. His ability to portray Australian, South African, Maori, and British accents is unmatched.


    Who was the most memorable character of Solomon's Song and why?

    Hawk displays the internal strength character that I think we all wish we could possess.


    Any additional comments?

    Start with "The Potato Factory" and you will be hooked--wishing for even more after "Solomon's Song" is complete.

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    allan United States 03-02-14
    allan United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "CHARLES DICKENS COULD NOT OF DONE BETTER"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Solomon's Song to be better than the print version?

    AUDIO DOSE NOT PREVENT ME FROM DOING OTHER CHORES. WISH THE STORY CONTINUED INTO THE NEXT GENERATION


    What did you like best about this story?

    THE STORY OF THE IMMIGRATION OF TASMAINIA AND THE NATIVE PEOPLE


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    THE POTATO FACTORY IS PERFICT


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    Lindsay 02-09-14
    Lindsay 02-09-14
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    "Enjoyed the characters coming together in book 3."

    I didn't expect to like these three books as much as I did - I really enjoyed them and the sense of justice and social values that were woven through the characters. Courtenay is creative in how he brings the characters together and I found myself wondering "how would anyone dream up that story!?".
    The only reason I gave the story 4/5 is that in all three books the endings are always rather brutal and sudden. I haven't read others of Courtenay's books so perhaps that his style. I found that I was fully immersed in the story and the it was almost like the author got tired or didn't know what to do next and so just ended the book.
    Overall enjoyable and I recommend all three in the Australian Trilogy.

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    Melanie Raleigh, NC 02-08-14
    Melanie Raleigh, NC 02-08-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Ran out of steam"
    Any additional comments?

    First, narration was excellent as always. However, having listened to the other books in this trilogy, I felt this book ran out of steam. Predominately it was about Gallipoli and introduced a whole host of new characters. You lose contact with Hawk and the rest of the family and what is going on back in Australia. It felt like an entirely different story by the end. It wasn't bad though and the descriptions of WW1 are realistic and brutal.

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    Myra United States 11-04-13
    Myra United States 11-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Courtenay is a great storyteller"
    What made the experience of listening to Solomon's Song the most enjoyable?

    Bower's ability to give each character their own voice. It was like having someone sitting next to me reading a story, only better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved learning about Australia's history. I did not know anything about their involvement in WWI.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes where Grandfather Hawk gives his perspective on people, happenings, and the world. I love to listen to what he has to say. His voice is the voice of wisdom and it really resonates with me.


    If you could rename Solomon's Song, what would you call it?

    Is this Solomon the Solomon of Biblical Wisdom (as well as Solomon family??) If so, then this title takes on an interesting double meaning, and I would not want to change it.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book in my car while I am driving. As the story comes towards the end, I have to bring it into the house so I can hear how it is going to end. The characters and their voices get into my head and my heart and I need to know what is going to happen to them.
    I did not intent to listen to all three books, but I cared about the characters so much I wanted to know what happened to them.
    This trilogy reminded me of how much I had enjoyed "The Power of One". I still have the hard cover book, but I have downloaded the audio so this time I can listen to Bower tell me the story, and enjoy it in a different medium.

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