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The Family Frying Pan Audiobook

The Family Frying Pan

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Publisher's Summary

Mrs. Moses is a small woman with a big heart and enormous courage. The only survivor of a Cossack raid on her village, she takes with her a big cast-iron frying pan, so heavy that she can only sling it over her back. Yet this is no ordinary frying pan, it's The Family Frying Pan, blessed with a Russian soul. From this frying pan Mrs. Moses manages to feed the various refugees who are travelling with her across Russia to freedom. In return, each of the group must tell a story around the campfire at night, stories of compassion and bravery, of human frailty and, above all, of hope.

©2002 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2002 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd.

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    Kathie Boozer 01-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow"

    So very, very well done. Courtesy never ceases to amaze me! Superbly done as always by Bower and Eccleston!

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    barbara panza 08-28-15
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    "Excellent"

    I enjoyed every word in the book. I loved hearing it via audible some. Awesome

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    Ed Thompson 07-14-15
    Ed Thompson 07-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A little whimsical story."

    Not the usual style of Bryce but still enjoyable. I have read or listened to almost all of his books, and enjoyed every one.

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    MaryJane Collins 05-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Stick with Humphrey Bower-- there's no one better"

    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!

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    Helen W. Karl 09-07-14
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    "Fakey Russian accent"
    What would have made The Family Frying Pan better?

    Different narrator


    What was most disappointing about Bryce Courtenay’s story?

    Female narrator was so bad that I could not listen to the story. And I am usually a huge Courtenay fan.


    What didn’t you like about Melissa Eccleston and Humphrey Bower ’s performance?

    Melissa: everything
    Humphrey Bower: great as usual


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 01-24-14
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 01-24-14 Member Since 2016

    I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.

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    "Not an inspiring or interesting book"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne 07-23-12
    Joanne 07-23-12
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    "Different concept to his others"
    What did you love best about The Family Frying Pan?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Melissa Eccleston and Humphrey Bower ’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    Yes, many moments in the book particularly moved me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Penny 03-26-12
    Penny 03-26-12
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    "Wonderful as usual!!!!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Family Frying Pan?

    The whole book is a


    What about Melissa Eccleston and Humphrey Bower ’s performance did you like?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    Please check out all of the books by this author. You won't be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tessler Lake Bluff, IL, United States 06-25-06
    Tessler Lake Bluff, IL, United States 06-25-06 Member Since 2011
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    "funny and engrossing"

    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.

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    Jennifer 03-11-10
    Jennifer 03-11-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent narration"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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