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Solomon's Song Audiobook

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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    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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    val 06-17-13
    val 06-17-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Nail biter"
    If you could sum up Solomon's Song in three words, what would they be?

    Spellbinding accurate devastating


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    BenHawkDavid
    All were very well rounded characters


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

    Yes/Consistent


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was a nail biter. He's a very interesting author/ stores teller

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GAYNOR SANDTON, South Africa 05-27-13
    GAYNOR SANDTON, South Africa 05-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Compelling story and narration"

    I really enjoyed this book.The narration by Humphrey Bower is superb!I must say I felt a bit cheated when the book ended

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    amoeba 05-12-13
    amoeba 05-12-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Beware the Ending"

    I truly enjoyed the characters and the story in this trilogy. A tiny bit less so in book two and then book three. The killer for me was how it all ended. So abruptly that I was thrown out of my chair and through the picture window. Prepare for that and this is a great trilogy!

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    Daria Royal Oak, MI, United States 04-18-13
    Daria Royal Oak, MI, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Fantastic Trilogy"

    The story is captivating, the characters fascinating and the narration engaging. Loved these three books.

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    MMA 04-11-13
    MMA 04-11-13
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    "quite disappointing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Too much of a war story, quite boring really...


    What could Bryce Courtenay have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    make it more of an epic story, not a boring war story...


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

    Yes, his performance is great, the book was just the worst i've listened to or read of Bryce Courtney


    Do you think Solomon's Song needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO!


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