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)
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
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.
It was really good. Gripping! I didn't want to stop listening
All I can compare it to is the first book in the series. It might be better.
As always, an outstanding performance.
Cant wait to hear the third in the series.
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.
Yes,Good story. GREAT reader.
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.
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.
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.
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
Stength always wins in the end.
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.
Courage, hope, redemption.
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.
I cannot pick just one!
Never, ever surrender.
I wish I could turn all Audible listeners on to this author and narrator.
This last book sometimes got a little lost in small details that made you wish it would hurry up but the narrator does such a wonderful job, you keep listening anyway.
After I listened to the first book, I felt myself relishing the thought of getting into the second. I tried to listen to something else inbetween but I just couldn't. The narration is perfect, brilliant would be a better description.
I listen to this book when I'm out walking my dog. She has received quite a bit of exercise as a result of this trilogy!
Although the material gets a little graphic at times, you just have to muddle through it. It is such an interesting piece of history and so skillfully written and beautifully narrated that a little blood and gore is a small price to pay for the experience.
Too much talking
Tommo talked too much
Hawk was a terrific guy....but maybe too good
This author can do much better
This was the best of the series. All though I loved the whole lot Tommo and Hawk were incredible. Of coarse without Whale Boat they would not be possible. She was such an amazing character in the Potato Factory that I kept her with me through Tommo and Hawk.
I was sorry to have to read the end of this powerful trilogy. Some times you read a book and a week later the story is gone from your mind and some are indelible and leave the ghost to stay with you for all times. This was one of those books you never forget and always want to read again.
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