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)
David is my husband - I'm the one that actually picks out and listens to the books. ~ Anna
I really like Bryce Courtney. My favorite of his books are The Power of One & Four Fires. However, I have not been very impressed with The Australian Trilogy. I read the first book, The Potato Factory, and I found it fairly dull and the book lost my interest several times and I had to stop and then start again. The ending was interesting however, so I decided to try book 2, Tommo & Hawk. That's where Bryce Courtney lost me. I won't be trying book 3. I was so bored with the general storyline of Tommo & Hawk. I think he had a fairly good idea for a trilogy but not enough matterial to keep the story moving. Very slow...very boring.
Yes definately. Humphrey Bower really brings the story to life
Mary. She turned her life around completely. She's smart and controlling of every situation that crosses her path. Her whole life seems jinxed. She handles everything in style.
Humphrey Bower does all the characters well. Sparrow and Billy gone queer were exceptionaly well done.
Yes. That caused problems for me because I sat up most of the night two nights in a row trying to keep my eyes open.
I love to read every night before going to sleep. Bryce Courtenay's books are so heavy to hold while reading in bed. Audible books are a really great way to go. Humphrey Bower really brings them to life.
I am talking about Bryce and Humphrey (but I guess the same could be said about Tommo and Hawk). Love this one two punch bang bang combo. It's a knock out every time.
Roughly in the lower-middle.
More Mary Abacus.
TMI-don't wanna give spoilers.
Not the best sequel you'll ever see.
Other reviewers complained about too much sex. Honestly, considering that the two main characters are young adult men, there weren't very many sex scenes.
The narrarator was great.
I would listen to this again- the story was so unique- I loved the characters, loved the reader, loved to descriptions of Australia.
Hawk, no Tomo, no Hawk- I guess both
The potato factory was the best surprise I got this year. This book may not have been as good as the first in the series, but it is still an excellent book. The narration is perfect.
I look forward to listening to the next book in the series.
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.
The characters are vibrant and full of depth.
There is a character that dies that you find yourself missing all the way through the third book of the trilogy.
Tommo. He is continually tormented by the mongrels, but he has a constant and continual internal battle with himself that drives the story line.
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.
This was definitely the most enjoyable of the trilogy, but all of the books are a great listen.
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
Didn't read the print version . Enjoyed the audio
Unable to remember any indervidual moment . They were all good .
At the end when Tommo left for the Ship to meet up with the theif .
Leave it as is .
"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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