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Tommo and Hawk: The Australian Trilogy, Book 2 | [Bryce Courtenay]

Tommo and Hawk: The Australian Trilogy, Book 2

Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of 15 in Hobart Town. Together, they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood. From whale hunting in the Pacific to the Maori wars of New Zealand, from the Rocks in Sydney to the miners' riots at the goldfields, Tommo and Hawk must learn each other's strengths and weaknesses in order to survive.
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Publisher's Summary

Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of 15 in Hobart Town. Together, they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood. From whale hunting in the Pacific to the Maori wars of New Zealand, from the Rocks in Sydney to the miners' riots at the goldfields, Tommo and Hawk must learn each other's strengths and weaknesses in order to survive.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Pat 04-02-15
    Pat 04-02-15
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    "Good story but ending is disappointing"
    Would you listen to Tommo and Hawk again? Why?

    I will listen again since it's in my library. If one reads The Potato Factory first, then Tommo & Hawk makes more sense. I didn't know what order they were in.


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

    Don't just drops the reader at the end wondering why they spent the time reading a good/great story & then conclude it with little care for the readers state of mind.


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    It doesn't measure up to The Potato Factory or Power of One. Courtney leaves one wondering in Power of One. I hoped to get a satisfactory story in sequel Tandia - but hero is killed off. Why do authors kill off their characters so easily. Readers have invested a great deal of time & emotions to read the books. Life is hard enough, we should have some conclusion that makes escaping into a book feel worthwhile.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Listened over 2 days time


    Any additional comments?

    In general this author should work as diligently on the ending as throughout the entire book. Courtney makes us think all of Australia is made up of corrupt people. I don't need such graphic language & sexual scenes, that makes me turn off the book when family is around.

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    David F. Gieg 03-26-15
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    "Very good; a little too explicit in parts"

    I love the characters and the story, but Tommo and Hawk fell short of Potato Factory. I thought the sex was gratuitous in this book. The narration is magnificent. I'm on to the next book in the series.

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    Teresa Dietze 03-18-15
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    "Too redundant"

    Too redundant
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    Decent story but lacks depth.
    Narrator makes women irritating.
    Would be better 30 percent shorter--and I love long books.

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    TCReader 01-06-15
    TCReader 01-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    " Ties that bind. these twins will steal your heart"

    loved this one even ore them the first!!
    These twins are the best. They will steal your heart in a matter of a few pages..

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    Renee 01-03-15
    Renee 01-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing"
    If you could sum up Tommo and Hawk in three words, what would they be?

    Audibles Best Series


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tommo and Hawk?

    The ending made me cry!


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

    Maggie Pie was my favorite character. I mean really, whats not to love? Anyone who can get away with wearing a Magpie bird on her head everyday in her hat is ok in my book. This girl kept me laughing!


    If you could take any character from Tommo and Hawk out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Hawk is everything we strive to be. He would do the right thing even if no one was watching. Honest and kind to a fault this loving giant of a man would be someone I would like to call my friend. He will never let the "mongrels" win.


    Any additional comments?

    The story takes place in the 1800s I Australia. This is my favorite quote that shows how little has changed since then with regards to the rich and the poor. There are still what I call the Nobles and the Peasants. If you are not part of the wealthy 1% of today's society, then you are a peasant no matter what propaganda the two parties spin. We should not be arguing about gun control or abortion, but instead we should be coming together and focusing on the extreme economic divide that is our present circumstance.
    Greed among the wealthy together with crime among the poor create such misery. In these societies too, little punishment is needed by the law where the powerful cheat the week and the threat of prison or the rope seems not to deter those who have practiced violence for gain. Alas I fear we shall never learn to live differently....it is so each man must have his turn against the fellow below him in the pecking order. Somewhere somehow there must be some better system of justice which does not depend on superstition, religion or the rule of law. For this last always favors the rich and powerful above the common herd. How this utopia might come about I cannot say, and who would help in this cause I do not know. As Ikey often said, "The poor be like mangy strays, who fights in the dust over a dry bone but cannot get together long enough to raid the butcher shop my dear. They may be relied to do as much to prevent an improvement to their circumstances as those who exploited their poverty and despair. " But perhaps Ikey could be proved wrong and some kind of brotherhood could be formed against those who exploit them.

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    dave 11-01-14
    dave 11-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "great , emotional part 2 of the trillogy"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tommo and Hawk?

    Ahh, that would be a spoiler, but the horrors that befall Maggie Pie


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just as good, saying that I have only listened to him perform Bryce Cournteys work


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

    Much the same as the most memorable moment was???


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    Zon Girl 08-21-14
    Zon Girl 08-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A great book but not as good as the first"
    Where does Tommo and Hawk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The performance was excellent but the storyline wasn't as interesting as The Potato Factory. These characters don't hold up to Mary and Ikey's character development and storyline. But it's still worth the listen.


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    happy Boston, MA United States 08-10-14
    happy Boston, MA United States 08-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "dragged out too much"
    If you could sum up Tommo and Hawk in three words, what would they be?

    get. the. mongrels.


    Would you recommend Tommo and Hawk to your friends? Why or why not?

    Great continuation of the story. But seemed to drag at times.


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

    Hawk for sure!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


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    Dian ormeau, Australia 07-16-14
    Dian ormeau, Australia 07-16-14 Listener Since 2008
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    "Great Read.."

    The second book in the Trilogy and it certainly didn't let me down. Equally as good as the first. The reader makes the characters seem very real.

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    Lewis Weston, CT, United States 06-30-14
    Lewis Weston, CT, United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "First Courtney Book I didn't care for!"

    Maybe it was the "dark" way the story started but it set me back in terms of relaxing and enjoying another magic moment with Humphrey Bower.

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