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Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3 | [Bryce Courtenay]

Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

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.
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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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    Ann Brunswick, Australia 12-12-12
    Ann Brunswick, Australia 12-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "An engrossing read."

    This book captured me from the start. Only later did I realise it was the third book in the series. It didnt matter because it was a story in its own right.

    Humphrey Bower is a great narrator. I never get sick of his voice, and he brings the story alive.

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    Margaret Australia 12-11-12
    Margaret Australia 12-11-12
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    "A great read"
    If you could sum up Solomon's Song in three words, what would they be?

    a great ending


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

    David not getting his own way


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hawk confronting David


    If you could take any character from Solomon's Song out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Hawk


    Any additional comments?

    A really great read. A great ending to a long runjning saga

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    Cynthia Brisbane, Australia 11-12-12
    Cynthia Brisbane, Australia 11-12-12
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    "Fantastic book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book because its keeps you wanting more.


    What other book might you compare Solomon's Song to and why?

    Any of Bruce Courtenays book


    Any additional comments?

    All Bruce!s books are well worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leah 11-07-12
    Leah 11-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "That's it??"

    45 hours of listening to the trilogy with all of the ups and downs along the way to end so abruptly. It felt like the author ran out of ideas for these people and just ended the book. I don't get it. After 45 hours of following the lives in these books, it seems like a really mean joke to end the way it did. I don't think i'll be listening to anymore Bryce Courtenay books for a while. Mr Courtenay, I'm mad at you!

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    J. Moseley Lafayette, IN 11-05-12
    J. Moseley Lafayette, IN 11-05-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Bryce Courtney---a literary giant"
    What did you love best about Solomon's Song?

    The story line is so revealing about human nature and what motivates us in our daily actions. His writing subtly reminds us of our human weaknesses and our strengths, and yet, he gives us a reason to have hope. And the narration absolutely makes it come alive. Love listening to Bower---one of the best I've heard.


    What other book might you compare Solomon's Song to and why?

    You must read the entire trilogy starting with the Potato Factory---that makes the characters much more alive and the motivations better understood. Overall I've read all of the Michener books and would put Courtney close to his level of accomplishment.


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

    Excellent as all the others have been. He adds so much in the manner which he presents the characters.


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

    When Hawk would take the longer view and do the right things for the future benefit of his family and friends knowing that he would be criticized personally. That's such an uncommon characteristic in society---doing the right thing at personal cost.


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't read any of this---perhaps it might not be as good in the read as the listen. I will say that Bower has to add to the story in a significant manner.

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    Bob Vancouver, WA, United States 10-01-12
    Bob Vancouver, WA, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Solomom's Song is intriging"

    The 3rd book ties all the charaters together and you really care about them. The narrator was very good, gave the story a flavor of Austrailia and England. Some of the story was raw and brutal, but very real.

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    karin San Francisco, CA, United States 10-01-12
    karin San Francisco, CA, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant book..!"
    Where does Solomon's Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well up top in my audio list


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think Bryce Courtenay writes amazing stories, and love that history is woven in.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Dont have a special scene i like, i think the narrator of these books truly adds so much to all the books, and i was very pleased to see the same narrator is used in all his books, as i plan to listen to all of them !


    Any additional comments?

    I am so pleased i discovered all Bryce Courtenay's books on Audible, i had read 2 of his books, and now i have bought quite a few books from audible and plan to listen to all of his books, they are great, you will enjoy them i am sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenn Smithville, GA, United States 09-15-12
    Jenn Smithville, GA, United States 09-15-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Disgusting"

    I really enjoyed the first 2 books but this one is awful. Full of trauma, gore, and unhappiness which barely relates to the characters we want to know about. I found myself crying and shuddering often during the story. I felt edgy and unhappy even when I wasn't reading. This is really a rant against war and not much of an effort to wrap up a good trilogy. I HATE the ending. Just stop at the second book.

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    Amazon Customer 08-28-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Australia history Great Gallipoli section!"
    Would you listen to Solomon's Song again? Why?

    I just finished the three books in the Australia Triology, for a second listen.The characters are great. At times great, other times a little melocholy.I love Humphrey Bower's narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My most insightful is part is the Gippoli section.


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

    I have listened to more than a dozend Humphrey Bower narrations. This one is equal to his best.
    I think my favorite Humphry Bower narration is a section of Shantaram, the section with Provaka.


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

    Hawk is my favorite.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend you listen in order, The Potato Factory, Tommo and Hawk, and Solomon's Song. But one could read this one alone.My other favorite author about Australia is Nevel Shute. A Town like Alice is great.

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    janet summerville, SC, United States 08-06-12
    janet summerville, SC, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "good story I loved the narrator."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have recommended the whole trilogy


    Any additional comments?

    This book was good but out of the three my least favoritel

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