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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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    Elizabeth Shawnee Mission, KS, United States 07-04-13
    Elizabeth Shawnee Mission, KS, United States 07-04-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Really? ...but it had such GREAT potential!!"
    Any additional comments?

    Books one and two of the trilogy were wonderful and lead the reader to a hopeful resolution of the 'greed' the family relationships were built on. This third book, Solomon's Song, had everything going for it ...great storyline ...terrific characters ...greed ...right vs wrong. But a total change in direction of the book takes the reader on a voyage through the history of Australia in WWI and brings it all to a grinding halt ...literally ...in a small one paragraph ending. Mr Courteney's need to voice anti-war sentiment could have been done in a completely different book. Listen closely to the intro, it truly lets the reader know what is ahead! Read it for the resolution of Tommo and Hawk's family then stop ...unless of course you want an education in Australian war history. (When Ben ships out the trilogy ends)

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    val 06-17-13
    val 06-17-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Nail biter"
    If you could sum up Solomon's Song in three words, what would they be?

    Spellbinding accurate devastating


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    BenHawkDavid
    All were very well rounded characters


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes/Consistent


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was a nail biter. He's a very interesting author/ stores teller

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    GAYNOR HILTON HEAD ISLAND 29928 05-27-13
    GAYNOR HILTON HEAD ISLAND 29928 05-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Compelling story and narration"

    I really enjoyed this book.The narration by Humphrey Bower is superb!I must say I felt a bit cheated when the book ended

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    amoeba 05-12-13
    amoeba 05-12-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Beware the Ending"

    I truly enjoyed the characters and the story in this trilogy. A tiny bit less so in book two and then book three. The killer for me was how it all ended. So abruptly that I was thrown out of my chair and through the picture window. Prepare for that and this is a great trilogy!

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    Daria Royal Oak, MI, United States 04-18-13
    Daria Royal Oak, MI, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Fantastic Trilogy"

    The story is captivating, the characters fascinating and the narration engaging. Loved these three books.

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    MMA 04-11-13
    MMA 04-11-13
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    "quite disappointing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Too much of a war story, quite boring really...


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

    make it more of an epic story, not a boring war story...


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, his performance is great, the book was just the worst i've listened to or read of Bryce Courtney


    Do you think Solomon's Song needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO!


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    N. Kritkausky Phoenix AZ 04-08-13
    N. Kritkausky Phoenix AZ 04-08-13 Member Since 2016

    always improving

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    "Love this book, and the narrator is excellent"
    Would you listen to Solomon's Song again? Why?

    Probably not, only because I don't ever read or listen to books twice.


    What other book might you compare Solomon's Song to and why?

    The potato factory, it is part of the same triology.


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

    No, it is too long.


    Any additional comments?

    I just love the narrator, he makes all the characters voices different. It really is one of the best books I listened to, and I believe it was due to this fact.

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    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 04-01-13
    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 04-01-13 Member Since 2007

    Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.

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    "Not a Standalone Book--Part 3 of Trilogy"

    As my header says: this book doesn't stand well as a single story. However as a continuation (or final chapter) of the series, it is quite satisfying.

    I want to say upfront that the narration by H. Bower is consistently excellent across all three books. Major huzzahs to the narrator!!!

    Previous reviewers for this final installment have had two major themes:

    1) "the third book is the weakest of the three".
    If judging this one book on its own, then I would agree. But as a completion of a three part story, it did its job admirably.

    2) "the attention and time paid to the battle of Gallipoli was overdone".
    Here I don't agree. First, and importantly, the author has said that this trilogy is his homage to his homeland of Australia. I think we should respect that and find his (rather disturbing and still brilliant) description of this historic battle as a heartfelt tribute to those who fought for their country and beliefs. Was it a major part of the book? ... yes. But it brought home pathos, courage and camaraderie in a very poignant way. There was humor and there was tragedy. Why we humans continue to wage war is very much at the forefront of this part of the book. I was tempted to speed forward through this part of the book, but I'm glad I didn't. It would have been disrespectful to the story the author wanted to tell and it would have left the final storyline hanging.

    Overall, I can whole-heartedly recommend this triology. Read all 3 books in sequence and enjoy!!

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    Wiebke Thomas Reading, United Kingdom 03-29-13
    Wiebke Thomas Reading, United Kingdom 03-29-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "amazing trilogy"
    If you could sum up Solomon's Song in three words, what would they be?

    absolutely amazing. Definitely worth reading / listening to all three books. I would highly recommend all three books to any reader


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    ben Coquitlam, BC, Canada 03-27-13
    ben Coquitlam, BC, Canada 03-27-13
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    "Last of the trilogy"

    I enjoyed this book. I really enjoy the writing style of this author, and his extensive historical research, making his books such an enjoyable read (or listen)
    This book concentrates on WW1 and the battle at Galipoli.
    Again, I did not know much about this era, or this battle.
    In school, WW1 was glossed over, and more concentration was placed on WW2, so I learned quite alot.
    Having said that, I enjoyed the first book in the trilogy the best. (The Potatoe Factory), the 2nd, Tommo and Hawk, the least, and this book I found to be nowhere near as wonderful as the Potatoe Factory, but it was still good.
    IMHO, worth your credit. Make sure to start at the beginning though, with The Potatoe Factory.

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