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Four Fires Audiobook

Four Fires

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 Bryce Courtenay; 2013 Christine Courtenay (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Humphrey Bower, speaking as Mole, delivers every possible nuance and emotion of his character’s story, and shows a startling aptitude for other dialects as well. Close family friends and enemies include surviving Polish Jews, an East Indian healer, an Irish Catholic priest, Japanese prison camp soldiers, and many others. All of them, young and old, male and female, spring to vivid life in Bower’s versatile voice. Narrative passages and dialogue elicit tears and laughter by turns, without a minute of boredom in the 30-hour production." (AudioFile magazine)

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    Julie B. Gray Albuquerque, NM USA 01-01-15
    Julie B. Gray Albuquerque, NM USA 01-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "One of Courtenay's best."

    Humphrey Bower brings all Bryce Courtenay's books to life. This one especially. Excellent job, excellent story! Highly recommend this book!

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    Kindle Customer 12-19-14
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    "endurance pays off"
    What made the experience of listening to Four Fires the most enjoyable?

    Most interesting visit to the Australian life.


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

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    Any additional comments?

    This audio book has it all. Story moves on and characters are strong thanks to narrator.

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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 10-02-14
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 10-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Read"

    I think that this was a wonderful book and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. The narration was good and the characters in the family and the novel were well drawn. I enjoyed how the story followed all of the family members’ lives and how they interacted with the town.

    I highly recommend this book!

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    Joy 09-26-14
    Joy 09-26-14
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    "Always love his books"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    great book and interesting with the little inserts of landscape and trees in Australia. Always a good read with Bryce and true to form he knows his history and facts.


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    jes Tomah, WI USA 09-25-14
    jes Tomah, WI USA 09-25-14 Listener Since 2006

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    "Great humor"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    great read. Very humorous. Very down to earth. Can't believe how many family saying we share fm this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mom


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    everything


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    rate.

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    Fred O. Jennings 09-20-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story"
    What did you love best about Four Fires?

    I have read many of courteney's books and i do tjink i enjoyed this one the most.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Four Fires?

    The most memorable moment for me was going to the bush with tommie to see the great tree and tommiie telling his story of being a pow.m


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Mr bower is a very good narrator with all of these books by mr courtenay.when sarah


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When sarah told the family she was pregnant.


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    YVFAD 09-16-14
    YVFAD 09-16-14
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    "Masterful narration by Humphrey Bower!!!"

    It is a bloody long book and I doubt that I would have finished reading this book if I had purchased it in hard copy. It is a beautifully written story but Humphrey Bower makes it truly come alive. His change of voice and intonation, accent, and full study of the characters gives his presentation of this read a story you can't soon forget. I could highly recommend this for the pure enjoyment of listening to each character he presents.

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    Audrey Donner Athens, TX USA 08-29-14
    Audrey Donner Athens, TX USA 08-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Oh my stars! Great book!"
    Would you listen to Four Fires again? Why?

    I almost never listen or read twice. But this narrator is my absolute favorite! He's a genious at every character; both male and female, Australian, Polish, Indian, Brit, American (black and white). Also, this author is one of my favorites (I love historical fiction) and always learn something new about Australia and more from Bryce Courtenay while being tremendously entertained by the humor and real characters.


    What other book might you compare Four Fires to and why?

    It's like Angela's Ashes- poor family makes good of their situation, but with more detail, history, and the best narrator ever.


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

    Who can pick? He's a genius at EVERYONE!! All the Maloney's- male and female- as well as Murray and Sophie (Polish Jews), Mrs. Rika Ray (Indian) the Americans in Vietnam (Black and White!) the Brits in London.


    Who was the most memorable character of Four Fires and why?

    The story is told from the point of view of Mole Maloney, so I have to choose him. But Sarah and Nancy Maloney hit home because I'm female. Each character in EVERY Bryce Courtenay book is always amazingly rendered that it's very hard to pick a favorite. They each INSPIRE in their own way.


    Any additional comments?

    Bryce, I hope you live a LONG time and continue to write more and more incredible books like this. Thank you to all who worked on this important book. Thanks Humphrey for your brilliant work at bringing these characters to life.

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    Deana Starr 08-16-14
    Deana Starr 08-16-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Good story but REALLY long (30 hrs)"

    I loved the story of what this family went through and how it struggled to better themselves. The narrator was very good. He brought the characters to life. At times there was so much detail / specific information I got a little disinterested but it all came together and was a beautiful story.

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    richard 07-10-14
    richard 07-10-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Rates as actual literature"

    Thoroughly entertaining. This is a sweeping story covering years of a family's life. The family is in Australia and the reader makes you feel like you are sitting at the table having a conversation with the characters. The characters are so rich and well developed that by the third chapter you feel like you actually know them. I found myself laughing, cheering, and sometimes tearing during this entertaining story. I have an eclectic taste in books and have liked many styles of writing but I usually rate most books a three for simply doing their job of keeping me entertained while I mow the lawn or go on a long drive. Sometimes I need a break from the popular trilogy's and murder thrillers that serve as the mainstay of todays book market. This book is a viable alternative to those and is well worth your time! Truly good writing is hard to find but that is what you want as you look through hundreds of book titles on Audible deciding where to drop a credit. I place this book up there with some of my favorites like "The Pillars of the Earth", "Beach Music", and "The Stand'. All four very different but sharing a simple commonality. They are great stories well told. I hope you enjoy "Four Fires" as much as I did.

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