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)
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 .
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
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.
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.
I felt that my emotions stayed steady throughout. I did not cry or laugh during this book.
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.
Mother of 3, grandmother of 6, retired nurse and substance abuse counselor. Thrilled to have the time to read or listen to books again.
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.
One of the BEST!
You cannot separate Tommo and Hawk and in this book Mary is STILL my fave character! She has such an Iron spirit
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
I am too busy to do this but I wanted to and could not wait to start up and listen some more
I love the scene where Mary rescues Tommo--- OMG! you must read this second book of the Australian Trilogy
Excellent, enjoyable, fantastic
Maggie Pie-- such an odd character that had life to her. You could feel her pain and her joys.
Just as perfect as the rest
Two brothers, yet so different as the color of their skin.
I wish I had listened to book one instead of read it. Just wonderful!
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.
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.
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.
Ikey Solomon is my favorite character from an audio book. Humphrey Bower nails this character.
Both Tommo and Hawk are memorable
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.
I am always disappointed when I read one of Bryce Courtenay's sequels. The first books (and I've read and loved several so far) have been excellently written, with fully-realized characters and interesting stories. They always end with a hook and a bit of a question: "What happened then?" But try as he might, none of Bryce Courtenay's excellent first books are ever matched by their sequels. In fact, it's as if he turns the writing of them over to another writer, someone who is not his match and fails miserably to deliver. My advice is to read the first of his books and forget any sequels. No matter how much you wonder what happened with the characters, how it all worked out, you will be disappointed.
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