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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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    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
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    "Ran out of steam"
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    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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    Barbara San Jose, CA, United States 09-19-13
    Barbara San Jose, CA, United States 09-19-13
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    "Australia matures"
    What did you love best about Solomon's Song?

    First and Third books were best of the series


    What did you like best about this story?

    historically interesting


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    It was fine


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me cry, but it wasn't defeating.


    Any additional comments?

    An excellent series, too bad he has died.

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    Karen Australia 09-14-13
    Karen Australia 09-14-13
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    "A Good End To A Great Trilogy"
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    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.

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    Kristina 08-27-13
    Kristina 08-27-13
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    "It didn't seem like part of the same series"

    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.

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    Carol 08-11-13
    Carol 08-11-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Did not want it to end."

    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.

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    Cath Columbus, Ohio 08-05-13
    Cath Columbus, Ohio 08-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "contrived ending"

    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.

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    Elizabeth Shawnee Mission, KS, United States 07-04-13
    Elizabeth Shawnee Mission, KS, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Really? ...but it had such GREAT potential!!"
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    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)

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    Angmering, United Kingdom
    3/21/09
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • sally
    Nelson, New Zealand
    1/21/11
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    "Enjoyable listening"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    12/8/13
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    "The Last Of The Trilogy..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Solomon's Song to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    Mary Abacus is by far my favourite character overall.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending was VERY emotional to say the least!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Alcabideche, Portugal
    11/13/11
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    "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.

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  • Elizabeth
    Cornwall, United Kingdom
    11/29/10
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    "fab"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Angie
    Leicester, United Kingdom
    1/25/14
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    "Incredible!"
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    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!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • dickieL
    11/21/16
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    "Another cracking read and wonderfully narrated."

    This book has made me want to find out more about Gallipoli. Brilliant Bryce Courtney

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Jeff
    9/5/16
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    "fantastic trilogy."

    three of the best audio books I have heard. It was totally captivating....... Cannot recommend highly enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Camberley, United Kingdom
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    "EXCELLENT"

    Great story and highlights the futility of war and colossal waste of life. But we never learn from history and it continues today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsey
    Coleshill, United Kingdom
    3/11/15
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    "Sudden ending!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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