©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)
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absolutely amazing. Definitely worth reading / listening to all three books. I would highly recommend all three books to any reader
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.
The listening experience was fine.
Sure. He did a good job.
When David anger resulted in a stroke. Great scene.
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.
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
Given that the three books span 3 generations, you feel vested in the characters. Difficult to pick a favorite one.
Great, glad they kept same narrator for all three books.
Excellent, most memorable and haunting
Reader and author made characters come alive
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.
Yes but made myself take the time to reflect as I read by taking breaks
Not to be missed, has it all, joy, sadness, hope, horror. Read all three parts in order.
Not to misunderstand, the storytelling is the best and the narrator is first class as have been in Potato Factory and Tommo and Hawk. But the war is just not what I enjoy so much and the ending is so sad though not surprising. I have thoroughly enjoy this trilogy about the descendants of Iky Solomon and Mary Abacus as well as stories of Australia and its peoples. Thank you.
I am an avid mystery/thriller, historical fiction and political fiction listener. I listen while working (I am a remodeling contractor).
Sadly the trilogy comes to an end. When I got the Potato Factory in one of Audible's great sale offers I never dreamed I would hooked on a historical fiction story (not my usual genre). But I couldn't wait for each of the sequels. I was disappointed a little with Tommo and Hawk, but Solomon's Song made me laugh and cry and cry agian. Had I been reading instead of listening it would have hard through the tears but worth every tissue. Humphrey Bower is perfect once again delivering a stellar preformance of all the different characters.
My advice - don't miss the Trilogy!
I loved, loved, loved the first two books of this trilogy. I couldn't get enough of them, and finished listening to all 40+ hours in less than 2 weeks. I was excited to get my new monthly credit to spend on this final book. I was certain that Tommo didn't really die and I wanted to find out what new adventures awaited the Brothers Solomon.
I enjoy the way Mr. Courtenay creates characters, both flawed and honorable, that you can fall in love with. What I don't like is, he makes you love these characters just so you can be let down when he kills them off in horrible ways. Why can't anyone in these books have a happily ever after? Why couldn't Tommo or Hawk have a wonderful partnership with a caring wife? Why couldn't Tommo's daughter find a guy who wasn't a sleaze ball, that could love her for who she was? Why couldn't Ben, Tommo's grandson, end up with Sarah and let her help him through his troubled life?
Bryce Courtenay writes with such detail, but the ending, in contrast, is so abrupt that you're left thinking that perhaps he ran out of time or energy to keep up the pace. Sure, I get it that hope springs from tragedy. But it all seemed so prematurely concluded. Why couldn't there have been just one more chapter that told us of how Victoria carried on the family business? Maybe marrying (or not, based on Courtenay's tendency to keep all main characters single) and having a child who was worthy of Mary's hopes and dreams.
Courtenay's books are full of tragedy and loss, but they never lose the thread of hope that one day things will be better. You always feel that things might turn out ok in the end. That is something I very much enjoyed about reading these books. They parallel real life, in that, not everything goes right, or as planned, but you can't lose hope for the future.
Overall, I am not disappointed that I read this series. I don't choose to read books about war (Tom Clancy and the like), so these books have given me knowledge about war that I didn't have before. They also paint a vivid portrait of humanity that I find to be amazing.
The narrator is by far the best I've heard so far (apologies to George Guidall). He brings these books to life.
Yes- If they have read the previous 2 books "The Potato Factory" & "Tommo & Hawk" this is essential to round out the story
It was good to see how the Solomon dynasty ended however i felt it was a bit clipped and rushed
Humphrey's narration was excellent he is by far one of my favorites. Throughout the trilogy his narration rarely waivered and the characters were easily identifiable.
The ending was terrible for me and made me feel like it had all been for nothing, this may have been the point, however i would have been just as happy if Bryce has taken some licence
The Potato Factory and Tommo & Hawk were great. I did feel coming to the last third of this book like the writer had got bored of his own story and rushed the ending to finish it. In my view i would still recommend the trilogy as a whole and Solomons song as rounding out the first two books
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