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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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    Ross 07-31-12
    Ross 07-31-12
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    "An entertaining education"
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    I love this narrator, Bryce Courtenay and these characters, I drive slower just so I can keep on listening. Although I think number two is more of a link than a stand alone story, I absolutely love these characters and couldn't wait to see what happened to them. You can not help learning something from this excellently researched series. Book two is lighter than book one and more predictable but equally as absorbing. Thanks Mr Courtenay and a big congratulations for the brilliant narration of Humphrey Bower.

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    Matt United States 07-22-12
    Matt United States 07-22-12
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    "Best book of the trilogy"
    What did you love best about Tommo and Hawk?

    The characters are vibrant and full of depth.


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

    There is a character that dies that you find yourself missing all the way through the third book of the trilogy.


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

    Tommo. He is continually tormented by the mongrels, but he has a constant and continual internal battle with himself that drives the story line.


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

    Yes, I did not cry, but numerous times I felt my heart sink as a could foresee the demise of some of the characters. In some cases it happened and in others it did not, but as mentioned before, one of the deaths was extremely sad.


    Any additional comments?

    This was definitely the most enjoyable of the trilogy, but all of the books are a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    michael New Canaan, CT, United States 07-21-12
    michael New Canaan, CT, United States 07-21-12 Member Since 2007
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    "You can't beat this series!"

    I am loving all of Bryce's books. As a fellow adman I am jealous and appreciative of his command of storytelling. Nice mix of moral, interest and, of course, all the wonderful Aussie and S. African turns of phrase and expressions. Makes me feel dumbs a box of hair :)

    Humphrey Bower is the new king of narrators.
    He rivals and surpasses in some ways Scott Brick and John Lee.
    Amazing with accents, characters and emphasis

    The Courtenay books are the best I have listened to in years! And I have 2 accounts listening to about 5 a month while super commuting.
    You will love
    Enjoy!

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    Kindle Customer 07-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "To follow on from the POTATO FACTORY it had to be"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tommo and Hawk to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version . Enjoyed the audio


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


    Unable to remember any indervidual moment . They were all good .


    Which scene was your favorite?

    At the end when Tommo left for the Ship to meet up with the theif .


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

    Leave it as is .


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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 06-29-12
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 06-29-12 Member Since 2009

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "Fascinating read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tommo and Hawk to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the book prior to listening to the audiobook. However, I would surmise that with the incredible narration the audio version would have to surpass the book.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    I felt that Humphrey Bower did a masterful job of the various accents he was required to perform. He was excellent as a Maori and also did a great Irish, Australian and British accent. There was a lot of life in the book because of Humphrey Bower and I would seek out books narrated by him in the future.


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

    I felt that my emotions stayed steady throughout. I did not cry or laugh during this book.


    Any additional comments?

    It was fascinating to learn about the history of the Maori people, having been in New Zealand. Though the story is engaging, the historical information and instruction on culture is equally if not more valuable.

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    Patricia Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-21-12
    Patricia Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-21-12 Member Since 2010

    Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.

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    "wow"

    In my review of The Potatoe Factory I hoped that Tommo and Hawk would not be as brutal as it was and well it was worse. Again very well written and the story keeps you coming back for more to see how the characters are fairing but be warned it it extremely brutal and hard to listen to. At least it has been for me. I'm am appaulled at mans in humanity to man and choose to believe that the brutality occurring in these books is solely a work of fiction and would never or could never have happened. However in my heart of hearts I know I'm being extremely niave.
    The author is a very good story teller, he has me cringing and very grateful I never lived in those times.

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    "unknown" Olympia, WA, United States 06-11-12
    "unknown" Olympia, WA, United States 06-11-12

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    "The Saga Cont. Part II of the Australian Trilogy,"
    Where does Tommo and Hawk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the BEST!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    You cannot separate Tommo and Hawk and in this book Mary is STILL my fave character! She has such an Iron spirit


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

    STill awesome, he reads and performs the characters so that it is like you are getting to KNOW them and do not have to create them in your mind


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

    I am too busy to do this but I wanted to and could not wait to start up and listen some more


    Any additional comments?

    I love the scene where Mary rescues Tommo--- OMG! you must read this second book of the Australian Trilogy

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    "Wonderful Story"
    If you could sum up Tommo and Hawk in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent, enjoyable, fantastic


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maggie Pie-- such an odd character that had life to her. You could feel her pain and her joys.


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

    Just as perfect as the rest


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

    Two brothers, yet so different as the color of their skin.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had listened to book one instead of read it. Just wonderful!

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    Jana Brooks 10-20-11
    Jana Brooks 10-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved the story, hated the ending"

    I loved this story and the characters, but I really hated the ending. I will go on to the sequel, Solomon's Song however and hope and pray that it ends better than Tommo and Hawk.

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    Garrisonjim summerfield, NC, United States 09-12-11
    Garrisonjim summerfield, NC, United States 09-12-11
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    "My New Favorite Narrator"
    Where does Tommo and Hawk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    You have to start with The Potato Factory, listen to it first. After that 5 star listen you will want to immediately listen to this one. It does not disappoint. Until I started listening to this story my favorite narrator was Frank Muller. He took Grisham, Stephen King and Pat Conroy's masterpieces to another level. I thought no one could top his ability. The combination of Bryce Courtenay and Humphrey Bower has taken audio books may pass that level. I've spent hundreds of hours listening to audio books, this series is my favorite by far.


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

    This is a history of Australia told and performed by a stellar team of artists. Bryce writes like Charles Dickens. You really could compare his writing to classics like Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, etc.


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

    Ikey Solomon is my favorite character from an audio book. Humphrey Bower nails this character.


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

    Both Tommo and Hawk are memorable


    Any additional comments?

    The story has many layers that are easy to keep track of. The writing is superb and the characters are etched in your memory for all time. This is one hell of a tale. Very much worth a credit.

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