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Publisher's Summary

Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of 15 in Hobart Town. Together, they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood. From whale hunting in the Pacific to the Maori wars of New Zealand, from the Rocks in Sydney to the miners' riots at the goldfields, Tommo and Hawk must learn each other's strengths and weaknesses in order to survive.

Along the way, Hawk meets the outrageous Maggie Pye, who brings love and laughter into his life. But the demons of Tommo's past return to haunt the brothers. With Tommo at his side, Hawk takes on a fight against all odds to save what they cherish most. In the final confrontation between good and evil, three magpie feathers become the symbol of Tommo and Hawk's rite of passage.

©2013 Christine Courtenay (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Humphrey Bower captures each character, making listeners forget that one majestic voice creates the various natives, the Irish, the English, and people of all ages. Few will fail to be enthralled by this adventure saga, which skillfully captures history while keeping listeners glued to their earphones." (Audiofile)

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waste of time and money

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

another book.

Has Tommo and Hawk turned you off from other books in this genre?

only in this series

What three words best describe Humphrey Bower’s performance?

narrator was actually pretty good but what he had to say was too disgusting to listen to most of the time. kept fast forwarding to find something reedeming about the book. his accents, especially Ikey(Fagan) was Ron Moody perfect.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

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Second in series - great!

Would you try another book from Bryce Courtenay and/or Humphrey Bower?

I read the first in the trilogy and finished the second one - Great characterization and storytelling. Life was hard in Austrailia - no holds barred in this novel.

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Great book! Looking forward to the next one!

Where does Tommo and Hawk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best books I've listened to. The writing is wonderful, so discriptive that it's easy to imagine each scence. The performance by Humphrey Bower was awesome. Each character had a distinct voice.

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending was a surprise. Wont say more.

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Another fantastic read from Bryce!

I have read several of Bryce Courtenay's books and have enjoyed them all, and this one is no exception. Without telling you the story, it is a story about two twin brothers coming of age amidst great misfortune in their lives and of the powerful bond that siblings, especially twins, can have.

It was a very interesting read which kept me engaged the entire time, Bryce makes you care about these characters and want to know what happens next in their lives. The only thing that could be a negative for me is that I felt that the story ended a bit abruptly for my taste.

I must also mention Humphrey Bower, he was BORN to read Bryce Courtenay's books; so perfect and talented in every way.

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  • Brenda
  • Acme, Alberta, Canada
  • 12-01-12

disappointing

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Frankly, I found this book extremely boring! I found the first book of the series a bit slow, but this one, I couldn't get past the first 3 chapters

Would you ever listen to anything by Bryce Courtenay again?

doubtful

What three words best describe Humphrey Bower’s voice?

rich, saving grace

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

the narrator was the only thing that kept me listening as long as i did.

Any additional comments?

a complete waste of a credit for me. I have tried to return it and have been unable to

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Great follow up to The Potato Factory

Would you listen to Tommo and Hawk again? Why?

Yes definately. Humphrey Bower really brings the story to life

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mary. She turned her life around completely. She's smart and controlling of every situation that crosses her path. Her whole life seems jinxed. She handles everything in style.

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

Humphrey Bower does all the characters well. Sparrow and Billy gone queer were exceptionaly well done.

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

Yes. That caused problems for me because I sat up most of the night two nights in a row trying to keep my eyes open.

Any additional comments?

I love to read every night before going to sleep. Bryce Courtenay's books are so heavy to hold while reading in bed. Audible books are a really great way to go. Humphrey Bower really brings them to life.

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It was even better than the first book!

Would you listen to Tommo and Hawk again? Why?

I would listen to this again- the story was so unique- I loved the characters, loved the reader, loved to descriptions of Australia.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hawk, no Tomo, no Hawk- I guess both

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

Hawk

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  • jacques
  • otterburn park, QC, Canada
  • 08-24-12

Excellent

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The potato factory was the best surprise I got this year. This book may not have been as good as the first in the series, but it is still an excellent book. The narration is perfect.
I look forward to listening to the next book in the series.

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An entertaining education

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I love this narrator, Bryce Courtenay and these characters, I drive slower just so I can keep on listening. Although I think number two is more of a link than a stand alone story, I absolutely love these characters and couldn't wait to see what happened to them. You can not help learning something from this excellently researched series. Book two is lighter than book one and more predictable but equally as absorbing. Thanks Mr Courtenay and a big congratulations for the brilliant narration of Humphrey Bower.

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  • Matt
  • United States
  • 07-22-12

Best book of the trilogy

What did you love best about Tommo and Hawk?

The characters are vibrant and full of depth.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tommo and Hawk?

There is a character that dies that you find yourself missing all the way through the third book of the trilogy.

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

Tommo. He is continually tormented by the mongrels, but he has a constant and continual internal battle with himself that drives the story line.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, I did not cry, but numerous times I felt my heart sink as a could foresee the demise of some of the characters. In some cases it happened and in others it did not, but as mentioned before, one of the deaths was extremely sad.

Any additional comments?

This was definitely the most enjoyable of the trilogy, but all of the books are a great listen.