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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.

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  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Literary Fiction

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Great! but you have to get past part 1

I thought at first I had made a huge mistake buying this one but I've listened to almost all of BC's books and love them as well as the reader. HB is simply the best . Part 1 went on and on with war stuff and so I decided I'd abort if things didn't pick up after part 1. It turned out to be excellent. A good story and what I really liked is he wrapped up everything neatly in the end. You find out what happed to everyone you hear about along the way. I loved it.

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  • Dennis
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 08-21-07

Wonderful story with factual settings.

I was enthralled with this audiobook, especially with the historical facts of the Korean War, some facts of China where I have worked (and ate dog) and Hong Kong with similarities to Malaysia (how to carry one's purse securely) where I have worked also. I found myself unsatisfied with the narrative to the extent I was looking up Tasmania and "King's Island" in the web to further my understanding of the story.
The characters are a little "true blue" but the tale certainly carries it's heroes to the finish line in true heroic style.

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  • Peter
  • Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada
  • 07-31-06

Superb Narration

I decided to download Brother Fish after having listened to The Power of One and Tandia and having thoroughly enjoyed both books had great expectations for Brother Fish. I was not disappointed, but must agree with previous reviewers that I did find it a bit tedious at times. I found myself becoming annoyed with the number of times (actually lost count) the full name of Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan was repeated but toward the end of the book the name was finally shortened to Nicole. I know she was a principal character, but I think her name should have been shortened sooner in the story. Humphrey Bower's narration is superb and without his talent I might not have finished this book. Having said that, I would not hesitate to read/listen to
other Bryce Courtney books.

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Amazing

May be the best audio Book ever!!! I could not stop listening.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Very, Very, Long

I enjoyed the first 10 hours or so, but the book gets quite tedious. The characters are quite unidimensional and there is extensive repetition.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Good story

Such a redeeming story of unlikely friendships that span the test of time. It tribute to the heart of people Who are truly survivors. Beautifully narrated, Rich characters make this an enjoyable listen

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Another Courtenay classic!

I'm still waiting to find that Courtenay book that proves anything less than absolutely captivating. The premiere fiction (/historical fiction) author of my time to the point where I find myself staying in my parked car for 30 minutes just to get to the end of the Countess' backstory. I appreciated listening to the lengthy "acknowledgments" section of the book because I couldn't help but wonder how Courtenay could continue to weave soo much into soo many books. If you like this, check out "four fires." It has similar characters and is equally engaging.

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  • 08-24-17

Good with annoying aspects

Leaps from being tortured in war are followed by immersion in rather trivial domestic detail as if nothing but pride could remain. This lacks emotional honesty.

Also, the story was pretty good, and I love long books, yet I began to feel put upon by almost circular lapses into redundancy. The story gains momentum and then drags for nothing a good editing wouldn't easily correct.

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  • Kathy
  • Charlotte, NC
  • 08-22-17

all about killing and torture and war

What disappointed you about Brother Fish?

not so much character development and plot as description of war and torture. Not for me. I love Bruce Courtenay so much I listened for almost 7 hours. I stopped at non-stop descriptions of torture. On to my next Courtenay.

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Great book, authour kept story interesting

Love it, authour kept story interesting throughout book. The story between characters is believable and discription of their situation kept story intact.