Along the way, Hawk meets the outrageous Maggie Pye, who brings love and laughter into his life. But the demons of Tommo's past return to haunt the brothers. With Tommo at his side, Hawk takes on a fight against all odds to save what they cherish most. In the final confrontation between good and evil, three magpie feathers become the symbol of Tommo and Hawk's rite of passage.
©1997 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2000 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.
"Narrator Humphrey Bower captures each character, making listeners forget that one majestic voice creates the various natives, the Irish, the English, and people of all ages. Few will fail to be enthralled by this adventure saga, which skillfully captures history while keeping listeners glued to their earphones." (Audiofile)
I read the first in the trilogy and finished the second one - Great characterization and storytelling. Life was hard in Austrailia - no holds barred in this novel.
This is one of the best books I've listened to. The writing is wonderful, so discriptive that it's easy to imagine each scence. The performance by Humphrey Bower was awesome. Each character had a distinct voice.
The ending was a surprise. Wont say more.
I have read several of Bryce Courtenay's books and have enjoyed them all, and this one is no exception. Without telling you the story, it is a story about two twin brothers coming of age amidst great misfortune in their lives and of the powerful bond that siblings, especially twins, can have.
It was a very interesting read which kept me engaged the entire time, Bryce makes you care about these characters and want to know what happens next in their lives. The only thing that could be a negative for me is that I felt that the story ended a bit abruptly for my taste.
I must also mention Humphrey Bower, he was BORN to read Bryce Courtenay's books; so perfect and talented in every way.
Frankly, I found this book extremely boring! I found the first book of the series a bit slow, but this one, I couldn't get past the first 3 chapters
rich, saving grace
the narrator was the only thing that kept me listening as long as i did.
a complete waste of a credit for me. I have tried to return it and have been unable to
Yes definately. Humphrey Bower really brings the story to life
Mary. She turned her life around completely. She's smart and controlling of every situation that crosses her path. Her whole life seems jinxed. She handles everything in style.
Humphrey Bower does all the characters well. Sparrow and Billy gone queer were exceptionaly well done.
Yes. That caused problems for me because I sat up most of the night two nights in a row trying to keep my eyes open.
I love to read every night before going to sleep. Bryce Courtenay's books are so heavy to hold while reading in bed. Audible books are a really great way to go. Humphrey Bower really brings them to life.
I would listen to this again- the story was so unique- I loved the characters, loved the reader, loved to descriptions of Australia.
Hawk, no Tomo, no Hawk- I guess both
The potato factory was the best surprise I got this year. This book may not have been as good as the first in the series, but it is still an excellent book. The narration is perfect.
I look forward to listening to the next book in the series.
I love this narrator, Bryce Courtenay and these characters, I drive slower just so I can keep on listening. Although I think number two is more of a link than a stand alone story, I absolutely love these characters and couldn't wait to see what happened to them. You can not help learning something from this excellently researched series. Book two is lighter than book one and more predictable but equally as absorbing. Thanks Mr Courtenay and a big congratulations for the brilliant narration of Humphrey Bower.
The characters are vibrant and full of depth.
There is a character that dies that you find yourself missing all the way through the third book of the trilogy.
Tommo. He is continually tormented by the mongrels, but he has a constant and continual internal battle with himself that drives the story line.
Yes, I did not cry, but numerous times I felt my heart sink as a could foresee the demise of some of the characters. In some cases it happened and in others it did not, but as mentioned before, one of the deaths was extremely sad.
This was definitely the most enjoyable of the trilogy, but all of the books are a great listen.
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.
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