©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)
This was a good listen, but unfortunately for Bryce Courtenay I have listened to Stephen King's It and The Passage by Justin Cronin, one (It) that is a down right masterpiece and The Passage which is probably one of the best books written in recent years.
The end. I felt like Bryce Courtenay was on a deadline to finish and said, "Well Mate, I think that is just about all the time I have to write." There is not a finish to half of the story.
He brings Ben to life. Thank you for really bringing all of the characters through out the book to life, if you happen to see this.
Yes, but it is easy to listen sporadically and still understand what is going on.
Ending left me wanting more. In truth, if I didn't know it was just a trilogy, I would have thought there was another book.
Moving, Epic, Wish it would keep going
I am loving all of Bryce's books. As a fellow adman I am jealous and appreciative of his command of storytelling. Nice mix of moral, interest and, of course, all the wonderful Aussie and S. African turns of phrase and expressions. Makes me feel dumbs a box of hair :)
Humphrey Bower is the new king of narrators.
He rivals and surpasses in some ways Scott Brick and John Lee.
Amazing with accents, characters and emphasis
The Courtenay books are the best I have listened to in years! And I have 2 accounts listening to about 5 a month while super commuting.
You will love
A life well lived is a life well loved.
Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.
All in all a wonderful trilogy, brutal in places in all three books but the ending was a bit disappointing. The horrors of war was remarkably told and renewed my being grateful I was born a female and don't believe I would ever have a place in any battle, that being said the ending was extremely disappointing. My last thought upon completing the book was "what" your ending it here?
The author is a wonderful story teller and the narrator was better than good. Very much worth reading.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
Yes, I definitely would try another book by Bryce Courtenay as I like his writing style and character development. I would absolutely seek out other books narrated by Humphrey Bower as I think he is powerful and very talented.
Though I found the narration about the first world war and specifically the battle at Gallipoli informative, I felt that this story veered too far from what I felt was the purpose of the third book in the trilogy. I found that Mr. Courtenay ended the trilogy on a really down note and did not in any way wrap up the family story.
Unfortunately, I have not had the pleasure of listening to other books other than the first two books in this trilogy.
Not really. The message about family unity sand loyalty is a given, but our family values are already there.
I felt that much too much time was spent on the details of the horrors of World War I.
I felt Mr. Courtenay really got off course on this one. He could have written a stand-alone book for that purpose. I feel that Mr. Courtenay used this trilogy as a soap box, first against the evils of cruel aboriginal discrimination and mistreatment and later, to voice his anti-war sentiments.
YES!! You must not miss Humphrey Bower as the narrator. He makes Bruce Courtenay's characters come alive and sit with you in your chair. What a delight! And Courtenay is a master storyteller.
Solomon's Song ties up all the loose ends from the other two in the trilogy - The Potato Factory and Tommo and Hawk. You must read The Potato Factory first, which is my favorite. Solomon's Song is a much more somber telling. But what a story!
Why not have a whole banquet?
I would encourage readers to listen to any of Bruce Courtenay's book. I am just fnishing Four Fires and have enjoyed it thoroughly. I plan to listen to all of his books as well as listen to all of Humphrey Bower's narrations, no matter who the author happens to be.
Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
Some reviewers aren't as enthusiastic about the latter books in this series. I still enjoyed them down to the very end. I do agree that this book was more about the war, but the characters were still engaging and I still wanted to know what they were doing. I think it's well worth the credit.
I did not even consider reading the printed version; the performance would be so much better--- I don't have the narrator's aussie accent in my head and that made it a lovely performance! Made the story come ALIVE!
I like David Solomon in this book-- his character was such an inconic nasty man----
When Mary is dying and Victoria establishes her stubbornness and personality.... loved that scene,
Wanted to, of course, but could not...
Do read these books-- well worth it, I did not want the saga to end; these are well-written historically significant books with a storyline tied to a family of four generations. You will love these and remember them. I remember ALL of Bryce Courtnay;s books-- his stories stick with you...... in a way that some stories do not. I loved his piece where he says that * most people get their history from novels* well, I learned more about WWI and the Aussie fight @ Gallipoli from his third book in this trilogy than I ever did in high school history class which I considered to be the WORST class ever. I believe I will make an effort for my history teachers to be to take a leaf from Mr. Courtnay's *book* and teach high school history partly via novels and thus make history much more interesting!
Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.
The Potato Factory was so good, Tommo and Hawk not quite as good... but the cliffhanger drags you right into this Solomon's Song... the supposed end. But you will be left unsatisfied. It feels like author was up against deadlines. His writing style changes to telling instead of showing in large parts of the book... the first part of book doesn't jive with second part of book which seems to place characters into the war, simply to discuss the war historically. When the audio book ended... I came back to my library to see if I had missed downloading a third section, because there is a whole lot of loose ends never addressed in finishing the trilogy. Buy the Potato Factory... but stop there.
Ratings Guide: 5=Loved it; 4=Liked it A Lot; 3=So So; 2=Didn’t like it; 1=No
What a story! Due to the previous reviews and the synopsis I won’t go into what this was about; instead I wanted to add my views of how much I like Bryce Courtney and the narrator Humphrey Bower. What a combination. Mr. Bower is a master of acting – in narration – and if he ever becomes a huge video star his talents would be missed. Mr. Courtney is a master story teller of things I know/knew little of. In his preface he notes that the surroundings and personalities were accurate; with that in mind and having little else to go on, he painted quite an existence. As with most history, women are constantly victims and those who choose not to be, are very interesting people indeed. Get the series – each book could stand on their own but one without the other would miss a lot. I will listen to the series again.
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