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  • The Potato Factory

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,257

Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audiobook of the year!

  • By karen on 11-30-05

First of a GREAT series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-12

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!

  • Tommo and Hawk

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 20 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,410

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brillant Narration

  • By Angie on 05-01-07

You can't beat this series!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-12

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!

  • The Power of One

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 21 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,654
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,251

Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling story lifted higher by the narration

  • By Bob on 05-14-09

Great , passionate story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-12

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!

  • Four Fires

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 29 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,763
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376

The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • His very best!

  • By Dave on 08-26-10

A great family story!( A story of a family)

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-12

If you could sum up Four Fires in three words, what would they be?

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!

  • The Kennedy Detail

  • JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence
  • By: Gerald Blaine, Lisa McCubbin
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 591
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420

Even today, almost five decades after John F. Kennedy was slain, the public continues to be captivated by the "Kennedy Curse" and new theories about what really happened on that fateful day in 1963. For nearly 50 years former Secret Service agent Clint Hill has lived with the unimaginable guilt of losing a president on his watch and has obeyed an honor code of silence, refusing to contribute to any books about the assassination. Until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-14-10

Fantastic Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-11

Nothing like real world events emotions and loyalties to take you away.
Great book with a glimpse back to what the world was like when integrity ruled if not in politics, around politicians.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,560
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34,205
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 34,280

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

Unbroken is Unreal

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-11

I am an audiobook and Audible devotee.
I have literally listened to hundreds of books.
This one is nothing short of awesome. Awesome!
I haven't felt this way after reading or listening to a book since Shackelton's Incredible Voyage.
If you want inspiration, listen. If you're feeling life is tough and you need real comparison to what true hardship and perseverance are, listen.
Truly wonderfully written. Well red and a story every person on earth should know.
Down with the Bird
MW

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Dome

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 34 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,868
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,034

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • the worst book I've read

  • By Val on 09-06-13

Really good

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-10

I took a long break from Stephen King after some real clunkers.
He's back on form here--great characters--some down home wisdom and funny New England expressions
Cool idea.
Mike, New Canaan, CT

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Pirate Latitudes

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,582
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,591

The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses. In this steamy climate there's a living to be made, a living that can end swiftly by disease - or by dagger. For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Cheesiest book of all time

  • By Randall on 04-11-10

Pretty Darn Good

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-10

I will miss Michael Crichton!
My guess is this was an 80% complete outline.
It doesn't have the researched detail MC's stories usually have, but a fun listen in any case. Some good characters and some pretty neat facts about the days of pirates.--worth a credit
Mike, New Canaan, CT

1 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Wrecker

  • By: Clive Cussler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,141

It is 1907, a year of financial panic and labor unrest. Train wrecks, fires, and explosions sabotage the Southern Pacific Railroad's Cascades express line and, desperate, the railroad hires the fabled Van Dorn Detective Agency. Van Dorn sends in his best man, and Bell quickly discovers that a mysterious saboteur haunts the hobo jungles of the West, a man known as the Wrecker, who recruits accomplices from the down-and-out to attack the railroad, and then kills them afterward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Listen

  • By Henry on 12-05-09

Awesome!!!! Buy it 100%

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-10

This is what Audible is all about--a great story--great characters and , as always, Scott Brick bringing it all to life. The man is just fantastic. If you like historical fiction, you will be in heaven. One that i wished wasn't ending.
Mike, New Canaan, CT

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Treasure of Khan

  • A Dirk Pitt Novel
  • By: Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963

When Dirk Pitt is nearly killed rescuing an oil survey team from a freak wave on Russia’s Lake Baikal, it appears a simple act of nature. But when the survey team is abducted and Pitt’s research vessel nearly sunk, it becomes clear this is no run of bad luck, but the influence of something, or someone, more sinister. In fact, Pitt and the NUMA crew have inadvertently stepped between a Mongolian tycoon and his plans to corner the global oil market, beginning with covert negotiations in China. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The best for last?

  • By Lisa S. on 02-04-14

Not what I expected

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-10

I love CC and, let's face it, if Scott Brick reads it, it is likely pretty decent. But I found this a bit hard to follow--a lot of skipping around geographically.
This isn't about Khan's treasure--really.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful