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)
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.
get. the. mongrels.
Great continuation of the story. But seemed to drag at times.
Hawk for sure!
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.
I just finished listening to the 2nd book in the trilogy, “Tommo and Hawk” by Bryce Courtenay. I read the first book, “The Potato Factory”, which was o.k., but not my favorite of Courtenay’s books. The second book was not as good as the first one so I was looking forward to it ending! In other words, it was often very boring.
Of course, being the second book in the trilogy, it left you hanging at the end so that you are forced to buy the 3rd book to conclude the story.
I will be listening to the third and final book, “Solomon’s Song” which I am not really looking forward to. Unfortunately, I must have purchased the series all together because I just found book three in my library!! I hope it will surprise me and that I will enjoy it, but I am not really looking forward to the adventure : (.
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.
One of my favorite audio books of all time.
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.
He makes every character distinct (and there are many).
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.
I found the information about the history of New Zealand and the Maori people fascinating.
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.
I am waiting patiently for the best book on earth!!
The constant contrast of good and evil, weak and strong, love and hate and how the good will prevail is so thought provoking!
The crazy things that they had to go through and where it brought them.
MaryBell. Sperm whale Sally.
Just listen to it. You will like it.
"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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