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Tommo and Hawk Audiobook

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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    Eve Breckenridge Calistoga, Ca United States 03-28-14
    Eve Breckenridge Calistoga, Ca United States 03-28-14 Listener Since 2002
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    "engrosing story and historical"

    i listen to books on trips in the car. I learned so much from this series but it was moving as well and kept me engaged. I did not want it to end.

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    Cathleen Corrales, NM, United States 03-26-14
    Cathleen Corrales, NM, United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2014

    educatorandmother

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    "The story of two unforgettable Brothers"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    One of my favorite audio books of all time.


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

    The story was mesmerizing. Heartbreaking at times and uplifting at others. A woman who loves children but knows she can never have her own is given two amazing twins.

    Incredible sadness of a family torn apart, and then eventually mended, but not fully healed.


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He makes every character distinct (and there are many).


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

    It would be Hawk, the incredible "Black Maori." A man of great heart, incredible integrity, and intelligence who is most defined by the unwavering love he has for his brother.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the information about the history of New Zealand and the Maori people fascinating.

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    Sherry L. Wright Flower Mound, TX United States 02-19-14
    Sherry L. Wright Flower Mound, TX United States 02-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Too Good"

    I can't say enough good things about this series - I'm completely enthralled in the history, the story and the absolutely amazing writing - all from a person that didn't start until mid-fifties! I don't want to put the book(s) down and so far - as soon as I've finished one I'm ready to jump into the next, well... more than ready, which for me, after listening to such a long book using the same narrator I'm usually a little burnt out and ready to have a different voice in my head :) - Not this time, it's all so perfectly done and I'm loving it. Also, I find it interesting how the author has woven in some hints on characters from other's work from this time period in history - it's been fun and I'm ready for 3 to finish downloading to my Android. NOW!!! Hurry up please and thank you.

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    Linda 01-28-14
    Linda 01-28-14 Member Since 2010

    I am waiting patiently for the best book on earth!!

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    "The best book I've read in a long time~"
    Which scene was your favorite?

    The constant contrast of good and evil, weak and strong, love and hate and how the good will prevail is so thought provoking!


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    teesha ford 01-21-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great naration. Looking forward to the next one"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Its interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The crazy things that they had to go through and where it brought them.


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

    MaryBell. Sperm whale Sally.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    ?


    Any additional comments?

    Just listen to it. You will like it.

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    Monica 12-11-13
    Monica 12-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "great book but..."

    SPOILER ALERT!!!











    I enjoyed the book, great writer and story. But, I am a sucker for a happy ending... because, this is FICTION! Plenty of unhappy things in every day life. So, the last couple of chapters are my only reason for 4 instead of 5 stars.

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    Robert Orlando, FL, United States 12-05-13
    Robert Orlando, FL, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2013

    Avid reader through college now with no time to read. Audiobooks saved my life!

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    "Best of the series and that's saying a lot!"

    I love this series. I really do. Despite some issues I have with the writing, in the end (and really beginning with this installment) they don't do anything to affect how much I enjoyed these books.

    Tommo and Hawk is a tad jarring at the start because unlike the first book, the Potato Factory, this book is first person, switching between the two main characters Tommo and Hawk. Initially I was struggling with this because I simply didn't like one of the characters but that changed as the book went on.

    Obviously as the 2nd book in a linear series, you are going to read this if you read the Potato Factory but know that after listening to all but the last 1/4 of the third book, Tommo and Hawk is the best of the 3 books but not by much since they're all fantastic.

    Enjoy!

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    Teresa L. Schuemann Fort Collins, CO, US 10-18-13
    Teresa L. Schuemann Fort Collins, CO, US 10-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great start and a bit disappointing with end"

    The first of this series, Potato Factory was fantastic as well as the second story here Tommo and Hawk. Although the final story, "Solomon's Song" does a great job illustrating the stupidity and horror of war despite the glorious courage shown by most - the ending was disappointing after such an investment with all the books.

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    Karen Australia 09-14-13
    Karen Australia 09-14-13
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    "An Outstanding Story Read By A Very Talented Man"
    Would you listen to Tommo and Hawk again? Why?

    Absolutely! A fantastic story which could be listened to over and over again.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    A very talented man. Humphrey is a pleasure to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    An enjoyable continuation of book 1, can't wait to complete the story with book 3 Solomn's Song.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 08-14-13
    Mary 08-14-13 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! I LOVE TO READ AND BE IN THE KNOW. I LIKE TO TALK TO INTELLIGENT PEOPLE.

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    "the customs habits practices was unbelief."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tommo and Hawk to be better than the print version?

    I do not know, but the audio edition was great.


    What other book might you compare Tommo and Hawk to and why?

    The trilogy of these books is as good as some books read. I enjoyed the Pillars of the earth. Both books gave you history customs, habits, and practices common in the social groups. These were powerful stories and stories with judgments, prejudices with acceptable, normal and deviant perceptions.There was much exploitation and greed that seems to be the same culture in this modern day society.


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

    The author seems to make the setting natural. He explains the culture and nature of the era.He permits variety in scenes, Reading the store makes you connect with the characters. and conditions


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Bastards On Different Paths


    Any additional comments?

    i continue to look for any books written by this author

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