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The Family Frying Pan | [Bryce Courtenay]

The Family Frying Pan

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.
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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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    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 04-29-10
    Johnnie Walker Blaine, WA 04-29-10 Listener Since 2003

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    "Bad Narrator Decision!"

    I love the Bryce Courtenay and Humphrey Bower combination. If this book had been just that, the listening would have been enjoyable. Unfortunately, Bower is out after the introduction and Melissa Eccleston's reading is too annoying to finish. I am not certain what the logic was in the casting but it was a serious mistake.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    04-01-11
    04-01-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Folk Tales"

    I never thought that I would be so uninspired by one of Bryce's books! I felt that this book should have just stayed in the family circle where it would be more appreciated and read by the members of the family and then their Grandmother would come to life. The short little tales told in that interminable female Russian accent only got boring and I found myself fast forwarding and stifling a yawn. I am so disappointed as I had Bryce on a pedestal as a writer.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth M. Penson Los Angeles, CA United States 06-05-10
    Ruth M. Penson Los Angeles, CA United States 06-05-10 Member Since 2006

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    "The Family Frying Pan"

    I cannot even give this version one star. I'm sure the story is great, but the narrator is so awful with her phony Russain/Jewish accent, that I had to stop listening. IT WAS SO IRRITATING!!!
    I think I should get my credit refunded!!!!
    Make sure you listen to the sample reading if you should want to buy it!!!!
    Audible.com...find a new version with a narrator who has real Russian accent or no accent, but not this.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie Brunswick, GA, United States 03-01-12
    Charlie Brunswick, GA, United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Do not believe Bryce Courtenay wrote this book"

    One of my favorite authors but this is not him in anyway. Hung in for hour and a half, but gave up. Do not waste money or credit on this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ed SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 04-23-13
    Ed SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Sorry, mate. Can't get past the Sheila narrator."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Melissa Eccleston's attempt at a Russian accent sounds like someone with peanut butter stuffed in their mouth, vainly trying to escape it. So, I'm spoiled with Humphrey Bower's masterful narration. Anyone else would be a let-down. But do us a favor, let us down EASY.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    For the first time since "50 Shades of Gray" I had to abort this one, unfinished.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Melissa Eccleston and Humphrey Bower ?

    Someone who can do ethnic accents without butchering it.

    "perfect" = "pyurfect" ? Come on now, not at all convincing.


    Did The Family Frying Pan inspire you to do anything?

    To get another book.


    Any additional comments?

    Bower, come back.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Claremont Meadows, Australia 03-13-14
    Michael Claremont Meadows, Australia 03-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Soporific - don't drive while listening"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A half decent story


    Has The Family Frying Pan turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Genre - what genre would you put this under?


    Which character – as performed by Melissa Eccleston and Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    None


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Humphrey Bower in my opinion is the best reader I've heard in all the books I've purchased from Audible


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 01-24-14
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 01-24-14 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    02-11-13
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    "So far, so good."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I only just started listening to the bk. I find it interesting & have already recommended it to an acquintance.
    I have turned into a Bryce Courtenay fan after reading BROTHER FISH & FOUR FIRES.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Family Frying Pan and why?

    MRS. MOSES


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Redwood City, CA, United States 01-07-13
    Susan Redwood City, CA, United States 01-07-13 Listener Since 2008

    I'm a landscape architect by profession and an avid listener of audio books ! I particularly love the historical based fiction series, like Courteney, McCammon, and Gabaldon,. I listen in the car, while designing in my studio and most evenings.

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    "Disappointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Im a big fan of Courtenay and Bower together, but the female reader, Melissa Eccleston, with the phony yiddish/jewish/german accent was annoying. I dont know who would enjoy it, my jewish grandmother???


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    the female reader, Melissa Eccleston, used a thick, phony yiddish/jewish/german accent was annoying. It made the story difficult to follow.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger- That I wasted a credit to purchase this book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Waskatenau, AB, Canada 10-30-12
    Michelle Waskatenau, AB, Canada 10-30-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Did not care for the female reader!!"
    What would have made The Family Frying Pan better?

    I ordered the book hoping Humphry Bower was the reader...it didn't sound the way I expected and therefore didn't enjoy it from the beginning. I missed upon ordering that the female was also in it...the majority of it!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A different female voice!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Melissa Eccleston and Humphrey Bower ’s performances?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I may purchase a hard copy of this book to read as I truly love Bryce Courtenay's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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