©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)
The story is captivating, the characters fascinating and the narration engaging. Loved these three books.
Too much of a war story, quite boring really...
make it more of an epic story, not a boring war story...
Yes, his performance is great, the book was just the worst i've listened to or read of Bryce Courtney
Probably not, only because I don't ever read or listen to books twice.
The potato factory, it is part of the same triology.
No, it is too long.
I just love the narrator, he makes all the characters voices different. It really is one of the best books I listened to, and I believe it was due to this fact.
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As my header says: this book doesn't stand well as a single story. However as a continuation (or final chapter) of the series, it is quite satisfying.
I want to say upfront that the narration by H. Bower is consistently excellent across all three books. Major huzzahs to the narrator!!!
Previous reviewers for this final installment have had two major themes:
1) "the third book is the weakest of the three".
If judging this one book on its own, then I would agree. But as a completion of a three part story, it did its job admirably.
2) "the attention and time paid to the battle of Gallipoli was overdone".
Here I don't agree. First, and importantly, the author has said that this trilogy is his homage to his homeland of Australia. I think we should respect that and find his (rather disturbing and still brilliant) description of this historic battle as a heartfelt tribute to those who fought for their country and beliefs. Was it a major part of the book? ... yes. But it brought home pathos, courage and camaraderie in a very poignant way. There was humor and there was tragedy. Why we humans continue to wage war is very much at the forefront of this part of the book. I was tempted to speed forward through this part of the book, but I'm glad I didn't. It would have been disrespectful to the story the author wanted to tell and it would have left the final storyline hanging.
Overall, I can whole-heartedly recommend this triology. Read all 3 books in sequence and enjoy!!
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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.
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