©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)
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.
yes I love listening to audio books , Humphrey Bower is a wonderful narrator.
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 .
The story is great just unfinished.
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".
Teekleman. I loved her character but they developed her character and dropped her. How does the story end!!!!!!!!! I guess we'll never know.
Galipoli was shocking but too long. I would have finished the story the first two books set up beautifully. I was salivating for resolution.
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".
Say something about yourself!
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.
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
This is the 3rd in the series and it does not disappoint.... Very near the top in my overall favorite list!
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.
I love the Aussie and New Zealand accents... they both lend an air of authenticity.
Oh gosh yes, just not possible
I was a little surprised by the somewhat abrupt ending to the story. I loved the trilogy!
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.
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.
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.
Hawk displays the internal strength character that I think we all wish we could possess.
Start with "The Potato Factory" and you will be hooked--wishing for even more after "Solomon's Song" is complete.
AUDIO DOSE NOT PREVENT ME FROM DOING OTHER CHORES. WISH THE STORY CONTINUED INTO THE NEXT GENERATION
THE STORY OF THE IMMIGRATION OF TASMAINIA AND THE NATIVE PEOPLE
THE POTATO FACTORY IS PERFICT
"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.
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.
"The Last Of The Trilogy..."
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.
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.
Mary Abacus is by far my favourite character overall.
The ending was VERY emotional to say the least!
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.
"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.
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.
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!!!
three of the best audio books I have heard. It was totally captivating....... Cannot recommend highly enough.
Great story and highlights the futility of war and colossal waste of life. But we never learn from history and it continues today.
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.
An amazing story, words cannot explain. I loved it. You must Just listen to this book. Bruce Courtenay I salute you.
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