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Brother Fish Audiobook

Brother Fish

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama and war story of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life. Jack McKenzie is a harmonica player, soldier, dreamer, and small-time professional fisherman from a tiny island in Bass Strait. Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan is a strong-willed woman hiding from an ambiguous past in Shanghai. Larger than life, Private Jimmy Oldcorn was once a street kid and leader of a New York gang. Together, they reap a vast and not always legitimate fortune from the sea. Narrated by celebrated, award-winning actor Humphrey Bower.

©2004 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2004 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd.

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Literary Fiction

What Members Say

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    xana 01-16-12
    xana 01-16-12
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    "Wonderful story"

    I discovered Bryce Courtnay through Audible and have now listed both to The Persimmon Tree and Brother Fish. Both are excellent stories with memorable characters. In Brother Fish I learned more about the Korean War than I had known previously.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 01-11-12
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    "A brilliant story"

    This was an amazing book. Bryce Courtenay has done it again. I couldn't put this book down I didn't want it to end. There was great attention to detail and the story left no loose ends, which is what I like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Clyde 12-20-11
    Mr Clyde 12-20-11
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    "Simply Awsome"
    What made the experience of listening to Brother Fish the most enjoyable?

    !st Was the reader. Best I have ever heard. Great diction and makes you feel like you right there with him in the story. Also very good story line. Great character developement. Makes the characters come to life. Could not stop listing to the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jimmy Oldcorn


    If you could take any character from Brother Fish out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jimmy Oldcorn


    Any additional comments?

    This reader - linked with this auithor - is a winning combination. Keep up the good work. I never heard of this author or reader unitl Brother Fish. I am on part 3 of 4 parts - and have already purchase all of the rest of his books by this author and reader. Perfect match. I guarantee you will not be diaapointed !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M.W. 12-18-11
    M.W. 12-18-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Totally worth the credit!"

    I'm pretty stingy with my 5 stars, but this book earned every one of them. This is my second book by this author, and I'll be looking for more. And as for the reader, Humphrey Bower is my new hero. I cannot believe that he was reading both Jacko and Jimmy. Talk about range! Oh, and don't forget the proper English of the Countess. Pairing this reader with this author was an inspired choice. This, and "The Power of One" which was my other read from this author, is my idea of really good storytelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Atascadero, CA, United States 12-12-11
    Rachel Atascadero, CA, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Not at all what the Summary said"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it had truly been what the summary it was about. This book is about the Korean war. It was filled with violent battle scenes--- YUCK. If the summary had been honest, and described this book as it truly is--- another war story, I would never have wasted my credit, or my time.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bryce Courtenay again?

    Possible, I guess. I did like the Power of One. But if I can't count on Audible for actuate summaries, I may cease to even be a member. I own a small business, and I do understand that it is all about sales, but if I misrepresented my products and services as I feel Auible has done in this case, I'd soon be out of business!


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    Jacko


    What character would you cut from Brother Fish?

    The entire war experience!


    Any additional comments?

    Good narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles 12-10-11
    Charles 12-10-11
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    "A very Australian Story"
    What did you love best about Brother Fish?

    It sometimes touched my heart, sometimes repulsed me, sometimes annoyed me and other times made me laugh.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nearly all the experiences felt real and believable.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Lovely range of accents, pitch and tones.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Salem, OR, United States 12-08-11
    Beth Salem, OR, United States 12-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "What a surprise!"

    I selected this book to listen to with my husband who loves history. Imagine my surprise when I found how much I enjoyed the book; the history of the Korean war, Australia, and China were riveting and the characters and story are brilliant! I most certainly will read another book by this author.

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    Barbara Nixa, MO, United States 11-27-11
    Barbara Nixa, MO, United States 11-27-11
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    "Not for everyone"

    A bit too long. Perfomance was good. If you like war stories this is one for you.

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    R2 11-23-11
    R2 11-23-11
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    "Slow starter but great when you get into it"

    Took awhile to get into this book- lot of info about the Korean war. Quite interesting but alot of war info on individual battles. Once the plot moved past that point, the story got more and more interesting.

    As usual, the narrator, Humphrey Bower, was fantastic. His voice just transports you into the story and keeps you there engrossed.

    I was glad I purchased this book. Worth listening to.

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    Rebecca A. Ropp Mid-Michigan 11-21-11
    Rebecca A. Ropp Mid-Michigan 11-21-11 Listener Since 2006
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    "Great story with great characters"

    This book is an excellent character study that spans many countries and an extended time period. Great!

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