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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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    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 2017
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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
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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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    "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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    Kathryn 02-03-13
    Kathryn 02-03-13
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    "One of the best narrators"
    Where does Tommo and Hawk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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    Heidi Atlanta, GA, United States 02-01-13
    Heidi Atlanta, GA, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Sort of addictive"
    What did you love best about Tommo and Hawk?

    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.


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

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Linda Joyce Vanderveen 01-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Way too much dialogue"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Too much talking


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Tommo talked too much


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Hawk was a terrific guy....but maybe too good


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No....too gory


    Any additional comments?

    This author can do much better

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    Joyce PALM HARBOR, FL, United States 12-29-12
    Joyce PALM HARBOR, FL, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Best series I have read in a long long time."

    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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