©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)
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
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.
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.
Bower's ability to give each character their own voice. It was like having someone sitting next to me reading a story, only better.
I loved learning about Australia's history. I did not know anything about their involvement in WWI.
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.
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.
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.
First and Third books were best of the series
It was fine
It made me cry, but it wasn't defeating.
An excellent series, too bad he has died.
I thoroughly enjoyed these three books, and was sorry for the trilogy to come to an end. Bryce Courtenay is one my favourite authors of all time, and I have read many of his books. This trilogy was probably my favourite story.
I enjoyed the first 2 books and when started to listen to the final book in the trilogy, I thought for a moment that I had downloaded the wrong book. It seemed completely out of character with the previous 2. I was disappointed in the end as well. It seemed to leave a "cliffhanger". But as its a trilogy, there would not be another book. I felt as if the story was detached from the original book and left me feeling unsatisfied with the resolution of the story arcs. The narration was wonderful as before.
Each of the three books in the Australian Trilogy has provided a wonderful balance of history and fiction culminating with Solomon's Song. Many have spoken about the ending and I, like them, wish it could have ended differently. That being said I longed for a sequel, but that cannot happen. So we are left open and wondering what will happen to those remaining and their futures. And we are given the freedom to finish the story for ourselves.
The impact of Gallipoli and Courtenay's emphasis on all of the details, including those most gruesome, sometimes made it difficult to listen. Yet, there was a reality that I, who will never experience a combat theater first hand, was given an opportunity to understand on a very deep and personal level. At the conclusion, I wept - not just for the characters, but for the futility of war and for the families whose sons and daughters face the same absurdity on a daily basis. We fight for our countries, but in doing so we are fighting someone's son or daughter and there is an inevitable loss that cannot be explained. Courtenay portrayed this in Solomon's Song and it is applicable to each war in which we engage.
After I listen to the rest of his books, I will go back and re-listen to all three once again. I miss the characters - Ikey, Mary, Tommo, Hawk, Maggie Pie, Ben, and Victoria. They became my friends. And I am continually amazed by the artistic agility portrayed by Humphrey Bowers. He is truly amazing as he brings each character, in their own voice, to life.
This series was going along great, sometimes dark, sometimes positive. Then the last hour or 2 of this audio book it stopped making any sense. It felt contrived, rushed, and and out of character. It was as if the author got tired of writing and just made something up to hit the deadline. It was a very disappointing conclusion to the series.
Books one and two of the trilogy were wonderful and lead the reader to a hopeful resolution of the 'greed' the family relationships were built on. This third book, Solomon's Song, had everything going for it ...great storyline ...terrific characters ...greed ...right vs wrong. But a total change in direction of the book takes the reader on a voyage through the history of Australia in WWI and brings it all to a grinding halt ...literally ...in a small one paragraph ending. Mr Courteney's need to voice anti-war sentiment could have been done in a completely different book. Listen closely to the intro, it truly lets the reader know what is ahead! Read it for the resolution of Tommo and Hawk's family then stop ...unless of course you want an education in Australian war history. (When Ben ships out the trilogy ends)
"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!!!
"Another cracking read and wonderfully narrated."
This book has made me want to find out more about Gallipoli. Brilliant Bryce Courtney
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.
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