©2002 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2002 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd.
Liked Humphrey Bower's accent much better than the woman narrator. He is simply brilliant and renders Courtenay's books just sublimely.
I'd give his portion of the narration a 10 if I could!
Female narrator was so bad that I could not listen to the story. And I am usually a huge Courtenay fan.
Humphrey Bower: great as usual
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
I did not warm to this book. It was a letdown, I felt that it was a book written for money and little else.
Story: Because of the way in which this story is told the characters are not people that I cared about. The story is told as the group stops to chat during their escape. Each person tells how they came to be amongst the persecuted and felt the need to escape from their country of origin. I only cared for one of the characters and that was the one that loved her husband a little too much. I think that perhaps Mr. Courtenay has failed here is because the story is someone else's, not his.
Narrator: Even Mr. Bower seemed bored by this. Perhaps I am mistaken and it was just that I couldn't wait for it to be over. But this wasn't his usual standard. Still better than most but not his greatest work.
I loved all the different stories. I loved how the story was told, it made it very real. You could really feel the pain of the character's lives.
I liked how all the different stories were interweaved with their current situations and that the tales were told around the Family Frying Pan to other people who were interested despite their pain and suffering of the past and the present.
I love listening to anything that Humphrey Bower reads. He is my favourite narrator. I read/listen to books because he is involved. I thought Melissa Eccleston did a fantastic job and will seek out other books that she narrates.
Yes, many moments in the book particularly moved me.
The whole book is a
Both are excellent and that is why I gave them five stars. Humphrey Bower is the narrarator
for all of Bryce Courteney's books. Outstanding performances!
Please check out all of the books by this author. You won't be disappointed!
This book held my wifes and my interest on a driving trip. The stories are engrossing and you really wonder at the end are they true? Very enjoyable and well narrated.
I enjoyed this Bryce Courtenay story. It was more like a series of short stories woven into one story. This was not my favorite Courtenay book, but still a worthy listen.
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