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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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    Georgia PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC, United States 07-23-13
    Georgia PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC, United States 07-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "No sugar coating about life here!"
    If you could sum up Tommo and Hawk in three words, what would they be?

    Shocking, gritty, and fabulous


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hawk, because of his no nonsense views of life and love. He is a romantic and a realist who believes that family comes first at all cost. He sees the good in all people, but if someone crosses a loved one, there will be hell to pay. Hawk realizes that family comes in the form of blood relatives and also in those who we meet in life who care and love us.


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

    All of the characters are fabulous, but I like his interpretation of the female characters best.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Of course, it made me do both. But mostly cry at the hardships and difficulties of both Tommo and Hawk in their lives.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have given this book a 5 except for the section towards the middle about the Maori war that sort of dragged on and on with less story of Tommo and Hawk. I think this is where Courtenay was "historical" part in the historical fiction classification.

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    3dogs3 07-21-13
    3dogs3 07-21-13 Member Since 2013

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    "It's Official - I'm A Bryce Courtenay Junkie"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tommo and Hawk to be better than the print version?

    I have not read any of the books in print.


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

    There are no comparisons for a Bryce Courtenay book except perhaps other Courtenay books.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    It would be easier to tell you what I didn't like: nothing! Bower should be required listening for all narrators.


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

    If I hadn't required some sleep, it would have been a one-sitting book.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my third Bryce Courtenay book and it was as wonderful as the other two. Based on readers comments, I have not yet listened to the third part of this trilogy. Although I probably will at some future time, if I don't the first two books are still perfect. I can't recomment Courtenay enough.

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    Laureen Toowoomba, Australia 07-10-13
    Laureen Toowoomba, Australia 07-10-13
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    "Attention Grabbing Read (listen)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book as I believe that Bryce Courtney has captured the attitudes, lifestyles and imagination of the people of this time.


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

    There are so many memorable moments in this book, it's to hard to pin down one.


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

    In everything I have heard him perform i have been really impressed. I would love to hear more of his reading.


    Who was the most memorable character of Tommo and Hawk and why?

    I think I probably connected the most with Hawk. He's a caring and generous spirited person.


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    John W. Perry Jr. San Antonio, TX 07-06-13
    John W. Perry Jr. San Antonio, TX 07-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointing after Potato Factory"

    Potato Factory, the first book in the series, was excellent, so I was looking forward to the second and third books. But Tommo and Hawke became tedious in the long dialogues between the twins. He used the dialogue to explain the political situation in New Zealand, but it really dragged. And the story was less believable than Potato Factory, including the dialogues. After reading the reviews on Solomon's song, it appears the author strayed further from his excellent first book, and not in a good way. I am giving up on Tommo and Hawk and will just remember the author did write one excellent book. The narrator was excellent, and I will look for some more of his work.

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    Prsilla 06-05-13
    Prsilla 06-05-13 Member Since 2014

    Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.

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    "GRATUITOUS VIOLENCE, GOOD SEX, TRUE STORY!"

    So this is Book Two and I love Courtenay and very much enjoy Mr. Bower, so I listened, realizing this is Courtenay's masterpiece, the work of two decades, and based on Australian history. I chose to keep listening. I found the sex tastefully done and -- uh, normal and sweet, whether the first time for this person or the first time with this person! I relished the discussions of ethical behavior, Hawk's always reaching for a higher path in his behavior. Bower got Hawk's voice especially well. I also loved Mary, watching her settle into her job while giving herself a routine of wearing gloves and communing with the beautiful green parrots, setting a fine example as a businesswoman running and growing her own company.

    Hawk's enjoyment of his friendship with Maggie Pie is delicious, as he comes to realize that she finds him as fascinating and wonderful as he finds her, whore or no.

    I had all kinds of problems with the revenge killing, torture, dismemberment, etc. As the third wife of a Vietnam veteran, I listened to such material out of love, and the images are indelible. I was the first woman who cared to listen, and the sharing helped bring healing. I feel sure that the way some of these characters died must have been based on fact because Courtenay would never do all that to his favorite characters! This book has many parts that just have to be gotten through . . . unthinkably filthy and awful!

    The Maori experience is like a bonus book, rich and eventful. For me this was just a first nibble at an enormous subject. Now I understand the little green plastic thingy my mother brought back from her travel, offering only fuzzy explanations of its significance! And I'd thought it was some kind of fashion statement generated by an airline!

    Okay, all the prissy-pants in Texas, you've been warned! You can let Courtenay drag you through a rich and agonizing knot-hole of historical experience, or you can avoid the negative and never know what you missed!

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    Ms. and His South Range, WI USA 06-04-13
    Ms. and His South Range, WI USA 06-04-13 Member Since 2012

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    what a great movie this series would make- I'm waiting- the voices of the characters are wonderful The story is wonderful

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    GAYNOR SANDTON, South Africa 05-27-13
    GAYNOR SANDTON, South Africa 05-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Book 2 is a bit slow"

    Tommo and Hawk is quite detailed and slow in parts but the story is beautifully written and compelling.A fantastic series !

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    Joanne A. Baron Cleveland, OH 05-13-13
    Joanne A. Baron Cleveland, OH 05-13-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Humphrey Bower Deserves An Award....."
    If you could sum up Tommo and Hawk in three words, what would they be?

    I am so happy that I decided to listen to this story. I love books that use historical facts as a base and then provide a gripping story for the readers/listeners. I am on book two and will definitely finish the series. But the greatest part of all is that Humphrey Bower does complete justice to the characters. When a narrator tries to play different parts and does a horrible job, I don't care if the book is on every Best Seller list, it can ruin it for the listener. Mr. Bower does a remarkable job with every character and is one of the reasons I will continue with the trilogy. Well Done!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The background and the development of the characters and storyline.


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

    With his great accent, he makes you feel like you are a part of the story. If I was reading the book, it would still be awesome because the story itself is, but the extra pizzazz that is added by Mr. Bower's story telling would be lost.


    If you could rename Tommo and Hawk, what would you call it?

    Not sure


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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 05-02-13
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 05-02-13
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    What made the experience of listening to Tommo and Hawk the most enjoyable?

    The alternating perspectives of the brothers. Humphry Bower as always was incredible. Normally, with alternative first-person perspectives like this, I prefer there to be two narrators, but Humphry is so gifted that he can pull it all off.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Hawk meets Maggie... it made me smile.


    Any additional comments?

    I was a little wary reading the reviews that described the graphic passages, including moaning. I expected something different... while those passages do exist, there are only 2 of them of any length, and they are fast-forwardable. To be honest, I found the Potato Factory had more graphic scenes and innuendo (though minus the moaning).

    I am glad I toughed this one out... I grew to love Tommo and Hawk both, even though in real life if I ran into them in a pub I doubt I would've looked passed their roles of gentle giant and con man. Hawk's conscience and fighting for the underdog made me prefer him, but Tommo provided comic relief and compassion for his addiction.

    Greatly looking forward to reading Solomon's Song; though reviewers are not praising it that highly... I guess one has to read it for oneself!

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    Lanlady Woodbridge, VA USA 04-01-13
    Lanlady Woodbridge, VA USA 04-01-13 Member Since 2006
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    "runs out of steam, recycled characters"

    I didn't enjoy T & H nearly as much as I did the Potato Factory. Too much gratuitous violence for my taste (were the whale ship lashings really necessary?) and a number of characters from volume 1 of the series either drop out of sight for no reason or else get recycled. Found myself irritated and somewhat offended that with few exceptions, the women in this series are all prostitutes, either current or former. Maybe that was the reality of this time and place, I don't know. Even so, there was no need to pepper the dialogue with comments like "she is only a whore," "all women are whores" etc. Ugh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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