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Tommo and Hawk Audiobook

Tommo and Hawk: The Australian Trilogy, Book 2

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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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    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.

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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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    Barney B. PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC, United States 07-23-13
    Barney B. 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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    Lily 07-21-13
    Lily 07-21-13 Member Since 2013

    bunnymama

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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 2016
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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 2016

    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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