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Solomon's Song Audiobook

Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

©1999 Bruce Courtenay; (P)2000 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Narrator Humphrey Bower doesn't miss a nuance. His villains have a sharp, nasal nastiness, and his love scenes tickle the hairs at the nape of the neck. Bower's performance is spot-on." (Audiofile)

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    Mandi 07-19-14
    Mandi 07-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting Trilogy, but leaves you hanging"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Solomon's Song to be better than the print version?

    Humphrey Bower's voice definitely adds to the piece.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I always appreciate Courtenay's attention to detail - you can see, hear, and even smell his stories.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    He did a nice job with a range of characters giving each a distinct personality.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I will admit to walking around with headphones in during every spare moment for several days to the great annoyance of others around me during this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Well written and performed, but it left me feeling like the story was unfinished.

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    Dian Ormeau, Australia 07-16-14
    Dian Ormeau, Australia 07-16-14 Listener Since 2008
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    "Last but not least."

    The last book in the Trilogy and again, I couldn't put it down. Humphrey Bower is a great narrator. All the books were very graphic and exciting. Can't wait to read my next Bryce Courtney book.

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    Neoprene 06-26-14
    Neoprene 06-26-14
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    "Listened to trilogy from beginning to end WOW"
    What made the experience of listening to Solomon's Song the most enjoyable?

    Bryce Courtenay is brilliant. The Narration is engaging and the characters come to life as if in a movie. A must read. I am sure I will listen to all his work many times over.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Each character is developed and then redeveloped as the years pass between the pages. How can you not respect, hate or fall in love with these imaginative beings you feel you know as friends.


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Humphrey Bower is an actor first, a orator second. I can not imagine listening to these books without his reading brilliance.


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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 06-10-14
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 06-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Glad the Austrailian trilogy is over!"

    I had purchased the The Potato Factory trilogy by Bryce Courtney all together. Even though I especially didn't like the 2nd book, I just finished reading the 3rd book, Solomon's Song.

    Unfortunately, it was disappointing, especially the ending. I feel that he didn’t really bring the story to a close, even though I was so happy that it was over!! I would have liked to have learned more about Ben's sister, Victoria, during the story. It would have also been great to see what was happening with the Potato Factory and Hawk while Ben was at war.

    I have always enjoyed Bryce Courtney's books in the past, but not this series.

    The narrator, Humphrey Bower, was excellent though.

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    JB 05-31-14
    JB 05-31-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Worth it!"

    This was the best Book of the Trilogy. It was hard to stop listening, and it was gut wrenching.

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    Susan seal rock, OR, USA 05-22-14
    Susan seal rock, OR, USA 05-22-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Reading"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Solomon's Song to be better than the print version?

    yes I love listening to audio books , Humphrey Bower is a wonderful narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Solomon's Song?

    The trilogy was so captivating I listened to the 3 back to back ...I found the description of the war a bit too much to handle , perhaps its because I was uneducated about the first world war.a little let down at the end but on a whole I really enjoyed them .


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    BWG 05-11-14
    BWG 05-11-14 Member Since 2011
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    "He never finishes the story."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story is great just unfinished.


    What could Bryce Courtenay have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Let us know the rest of the story. It left me hanging. All these great characters are developed and nothing is resolved. The reason you write a series is to tell the whole story. There needed to be a 4th book, or resolution at the end of the 3rd book. It is like writing the Lord of the Rings and stopping after "The Two Towers"; not writing "The Return of the King".


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

    Teekleman. I loved her character but they developed her character and dropped her. How does the story end!!!!!!!!! I guess we'll never know.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Solomon's Song?

    Galipoli was shocking but too long. I would have finished the story the first two books set up beautifully. I was salivating for resolution.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the Power of One, Tandia and the first two books of this series.
    Bryce Courtney had become one of my favorite authors and I had intended flying through all of his books, but Solomons Song turned me off. Maybe I'll come back someday but for now I'm through. It was a great letdown. I was left feeling "You've got to be kidding, that's it, don't leave me here".

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    Gr 04-25-14
    Gr 04-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "From Australia to Europe"

    I found the Potato Factory and Tommo & Hawk different, but both outstanding (5 Star) books. The narration continues to be outstanding and although I liked Solomon's Song very much, I did not enjoy it to the same degree as I did the first two novels.

    As is his style, Mr. Courtenay did not shy away from the darkness that exists in the actions of man, and he carried that into his descriptions of WWI and Gallipoli. I do not share the sentiment that the author demonstrated any particular anti-war sentiment in the writing of the novel. The history concerning WWI and Gallipoli, the motivations behind the war, and the tactics employed during the execution of the War are simply facts. A career military officer will be among the first to echo the profound waste and stupidity demonstrated by Nations and military leaders during that conflict.

    What rang very true to me was the description of the bonds established by those in combat. My one criticism about the end of this series was that it left me dissatisfied. Not so much with what happened, but what the author does not address. Overall, the book is very good (4 Stars) and a worthy listen.

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    Monica 04-17-14
    Monica 04-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic writer but..."

    I love this writer and I always enjoy his stories. However I am a sucker for a happy ending and I am often left disappointed with this particular Arthur

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    Shelley Newburgh, IN, United States 03-27-14
    Shelley Newburgh, IN, United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Masterfully written"
    Where does Solomon's Song rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the 3rd in the series and it does not disappoint.... Very near the top in my overall favorite list!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how the characters stories were interwoven, sometimes a bit fancifully, but then again, it is fiction. This third in the series contained a bit more war and bloodshed than the first two so it was not quite as entertaining as I found the others. Having said that, I still did not want it to end any more than I did the first 2!! Very entertaining and so easy to be attached to the characters.


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love the Aussie and New Zealand accents... they both lend an air of authenticity.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh gosh yes, just not possible


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    Angmering, United Kingdom
    3/21/09
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    "The best audio book I have ever listened to"

    A monumental look at Australian life in times of war and peace. The depiction of the cause and effect of Australia's participation in world wars and especially their role at Galipoli heart rendering and traumatic and makes one wonder as to their ill-founded patriotism for the mother country for which most Australian soldiers were unprepared for. A truly magnificent and enthralling book superbly narated by Humphrey Bower. I was devastated when I got to the end of the audio book and found that Bryce Courtenay hadn't written a sequel. Anybody wanting an insight into Australian life from 1800s onwards would be hard pressed to find a better book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • sally
    Nelson, New Zealand
    1/21/11
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    "Enjoyable listening"

    Another enjoyable book from Bryce Courtenay. It follows the Saga and family rivally from the previous two books. This one neatly follows on from Tommo and Hawk answering questions left from that story. The new generation has thier own dilemas and trauma as the story weaves through those into the first world war.
    It did leave me feeling there is plenty of room for a further book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Miss C M Roche
    12/8/13
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    "The Last Of The Trilogy..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Solomon's Song to be better than the print version?

    Yes because of the fabulous performance by the narrator Humphrey Bower. I read the first book and have listened to the second and third and thoroughly enjoyed them all.


    What did you like best about this story?

    After already having such a strong bond with the characters from the other 2 books it was good to have some conclusion in the final of the three.


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

    Mary Abacus is by far my favourite character overall.


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

    The ending was VERY emotional to say the least!


    Any additional comments?

    Was sad to have this fabulous trilogy of books come to an end. Bryce Courtenay is a wonderful author has a great flow and makes for an easy read. I didn't want to put any of them down. As with the other books in the series there is a great sense of history and the ability to tell it well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Alcabideche, Portugal
    11/13/11
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    "An absorbing story"

    I was aware that this was book was the third part of a trilogy before I began listening and although I had no prior knowledge of the previous two volumes it mattered little as the story was unfolded in such a way as to explain the past events which led up the the culmination of this Australasian classic.
    It did, however, take me quite some time to become attuned to the staccato style of reading by Humphrey Bower who throughout seemed almost incapable of delivering much more than a dozen words in sequence without inserting what was often a pointless and distracting pause. Maybe this was the way in which Courtenay wrote the story - but I somehow doubt it!
    Nonetheless, I found the story both absorbing and emotive - particularly the latter chapters dealing with the tragedies of World War 1 and fate of the Anzac forces in Galipoli - and would recommend it to anybody who has an interest in this period of history.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    Cornwall, United Kingdom
    11/29/10
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    "fab"

    It wasn't until I had finished listening to this I realised it was the last of a trilogy. However, it was gripping from the beginning as the outlines and potted histories are well laid out, which might slightly irritate those who have read the previous novels. The narration is superb, and the descriptions of the fighting in Gallipoli and the trenches in France, are stunning. The author has brilliantly crafted a platoon of men who are thrown together in war, it is truly moving. But thats the second half, the whole fascinating story of the Solomon family and its beginnings and growth in Tasmania are equally enthralling. You learn facts of true events along the way. I liked it so much I have now listened to the whole trilogy, but if you only read one, then this is my favourite.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Angie
    Leicester, United Kingdom
    1/25/14
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    "Incredible!"
    Any additional comments?

    Having read 'The Power of One' many moons ago, I was well aware that Bryce Courtenay could tell a tale, as it has been my number one recommendation to anyone who will listen for many a year. However, it has now been usurped by this amazing trilogy. Humphrey Bower's narration is superb, and if anyone is looking for a great story steeped in historical fact, these 3 books are a must! I am sorry to have come to the end of such a riveting listen. Bravo, Mr. Courtenay, Bravo!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • susan
    8/17/17
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    "Brilliant"

    What an amazing trilogy and incredible narration by Humphrey Bower. I couldn't put any of the three books down!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • paula
    8/13/17
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    "ok book"

    this book wasn't as good as first two book. they had me gripped, this one I lost interest in 2nd half which is a shame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PBM
    6/23/17
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    "Highly recommended"

    Another stunning performance by Humphrey Bowers 😊
    I have recently discovered Bryce's writings and he has to be amongst my favourite authors. I have listened to the complete Australian trilogy in less than 2 months as I simply couldn't put it down. I cant recomnend it high enough

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • dickieL
    11/21/16
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    "Another cracking read and wonderfully narrated."

    This book has made me want to find out more about Gallipoli. Brilliant Bryce Courtney

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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