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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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    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

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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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    "Glad I read this one"
    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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    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 03-12-13
    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 03-12-13 Member Since 2007

    Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.

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    "Poignant and Rather Dark"

    This is book 2 in the Australian Trilogy. The characters are equally well drawn in both books 1 and 2; and the stories are both quite compelling. However, book 2 has an aura of darkness that isn't as pervasive in the first book.

    I greatly appreciate Courtenay's ability to present themes of brutality and horror without sensationalizing the scenes. You quickly get the picture of what is happening, but the scenes aren't dragged on with unnecessary exploitation. That alone would make me a Coutenay fan -- however he has many other gifts as an author ... besides the fascinating characters, he also gives the reader an action packed story with just the right amount of contemplation. It's a rare gift when an author can get those two in the right balance.

    Other reviewers seemed to be bothered by the sex scenes. To start with, there were only a few of "those" scenes, and to be perfectly honest I found them more boring than upsetting. Overall, this is a masterful story of family loyalty, fierce determination and survival. My comment re "rather dark" is based on the underlying sadness in the development of the story. However, I whole-heartedly recommend it.

    Now, on to book 3 in this wonderful trilogy.

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    patrick Raleigh, NC, United States 03-04-13
    patrick Raleigh, NC, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tommo and Hawk to be better than the print version?

    It was really good. Gripping! I didn't want to stop listening


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

    All I can compare it to is the first book in the series. It might be better.


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

    As always, an outstanding performance.


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

    Brothers


    Any additional comments?

    Cant wait to hear the third in the series.

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    Ásdís Siglufjörður, Iceland 03-04-13
    Ásdís Siglufjörður, Iceland 03-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Five stars!"

    After listening to the Potato factory I could not wait to hear about Tommo and Hawk. So different and jet so much brotherly love and understanding. All what these twins go through on the sea and later on land with the people whom they shared unbelievable faith. Bryce Courteney is a first class storyteller and Humphrey Bower is a first class narrater.

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    David Orlando, FL, United States 02-25-13
    David Orlando, FL, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Enjoyed"
    Would you listen to Tommo and Hawk again? Why?

    Yes,Good story. GREAT reader.


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

    The first in the series, The Potato Factory, was better. That book was one of the best ever. A 5/5

    Still tis was a 4.5/5

    The vehicle of changing 1st person narratives between brothers was creative, but annoying.


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    Richard 02-25-13
    Richard 02-25-13
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    "Brother Power"
    What made the experience of listening to Tommo and Hawk the most enjoyable?

    An unusual story during a difficult time in history for working people. setback after setback, hardship on top of human interaction at its worst and at its best.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tommo was my "most interesting" because he had all of the human frailties and failings, but accepted the love of his brother and was just smart enough to allow Hawk to help him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Tommo wanting to throw the spunge in to stop the fight and safe his brother from getting hurt more and Hawk not allowing it and ultimately winning their freedom


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

    Stength always wins in the end.


    Any additional comments?

    So unusual of a story that I was afraid there would be a tragic ending. Not so. Wonderful experience to be entertained and to learn. Narrator is outstanding.

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    Amazon Customer 02-20-13
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    "Never was there a more perfect match!"
    If you could sum up Tommo and Hawk in three words, what would they be?

    Courage, hope, redemption.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pairing once more of Bryce Courtenay's epic storytelling with Humphrey Bower's amazing narration; and the knowledge that the third installment of this masterful trilogy was waiting to be listened to when I finished listening to this one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I cannot pick just one!


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

    Never, ever surrender.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could turn all Audible listeners on to this author and narrator.

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