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)
"Excellent story, incredible narration. Easily one of the most enjoyable reads on Audible in a number of years. Well worth it."
Probably the best narrator in the business you will not be sorry with this selection, full of amazing stories and likeable foes as well as some truly horrific ones. The history is great and I can not wait for the next instalment. Do not miss book one "The Potato Factory"
I love Mr. Courtenay's books, and H.Bower is amazing. This is a good story... But not my favorite. Enjoyable but sadly predictable. Sometimes, the mongrels don't have to win...
Bryce Courtney is a great storyteller and entertaining writer. His books could be up there with some of the "Greats" but he gets down into the details of the social gutter too much at times to appeal to a wider audience. A little more discretion on the social/human dark side would allow me to recommend this to a lot more people.
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.
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.
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.
Listened over 2 days time
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.
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.
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..
Audibles Best Series
The ending made me cry!
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!
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.
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.
Ahh, that would be a spoiler, but the horrors that befall Maggie Pie
Just as good, saying that I have only listened to him perform Bryce Cournteys work
Much the same as the most memorable moment was???
"I'm addicted to Bryce and Humphrey!!"
Narrator is outstanding really bringing all the characters to life. Absolutely loved this book and now to Solomons Song....
Fantastic story brilliantly narrated. Part of a trilogy starting with The Potato Factory. Excellent adventure.
"Fantastic in a different way than book 1"
Once again a 5 star rating. Different place and different time, but new adventures and truly amazing characteristics once again. Can't wait to get the last book!
"Moving and gripping story"
Excellent follow up to the potato factory. A reliable author with a real difference. Would recommend to those with an interest is historical novels.
"Well trodden themes, but still good enough"
The gentle black giant and the wily white alter ego is everywhere in film and literature. I wish that it hadn't recalled the awful 'Twins' starring Danny DeVito and Arnold Swarzenegger, but there you go. It's a formula that works, in a way. I was hoping for more of an Australian feel to the books, but there's no depiction of the landscape or the climate or even the people, really. For this reason, I enjoyed the Maori scenes the most. I had to work to rid myself of the notion that we weren't still in London.
Humphrey Bower remains a wonderful narrator, but I would have like to have heard more of Australia in the characters.
"As good as the first!"
It's always slightly risky to listen to the second of a trilogy when the first has made such an impact. If anything, I was more captivated by this than 'The Potato Factory'. I love the characterisations, the fact that I can't predict what's coming next, that it's a really well-told tale. And again, of course, Humphrey Bower is magic.
"The twins unite ..."
without a doubt the wonderful adventure, exciting story that only Bryce could Pen once again.
when Mary set off to find her boy Hawk into the wilderness, and the absolutly Fandabbydoosee Maggie Pye !!!!
Again! as in the Potato Factory he was ********** super. could listen to him all day long
Tommo and Hawk..
this second book in the series is just wonderful I enjoyed it as much as the P Factory. a lot of interesting facts about Australia and how the country was being run , some of which is quite an eye opener,
"Good first half, dull second half"
Based on the storyline of Twins, in this case Arnie was black and Danny DeVito played cards. The first half was quite interesting but the second half felt like a bulk standard Hollywood triumph of good over evil story.
Narrator was fine
Question whether to buy the sequel
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