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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.

©1997 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2000 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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Amazing

If you could sum up Tommo and Hawk in three words, what would they be?

Audibles Best Series

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

The ending made me cry!

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

Maggie Pie was my favorite character. I mean really, whats not to love? Anyone who can get away with wearing a Magpie bird on her head everyday in her hat is ok in my book. This girl kept me laughing!

If you could take any character from Tommo and Hawk out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Hawk is everything we strive to be. He would do the right thing even if no one was watching. Honest and kind to a fault this loving giant of a man would be someone I would like to call my friend. He will never let the "mongrels" win.

Any additional comments?

The story takes place in the 1800s I Australia. This is my favorite quote that shows how little has changed since then with regards to the rich and the poor. There are still what I call the Nobles and the Peasants. If you are not part of the wealthy 1% of today's society, then you are a peasant no matter what propaganda the two parties spin. We should not be arguing about gun control or abortion, but instead we should be coming together and focusing on the extreme economic divide that is our present circumstance. <br/>Greed among the wealthy together with crime among the poor create such misery. In these societies too, little punishment is needed by the law where the powerful cheat the week and the threat of prison or the rope seems not to deter those who have practiced violence for gain. Alas I fear we shall never learn to live differently....it is so each man must have his turn against the fellow below him in the pecking order. Somewhere somehow there must be some better system of justice which does not depend on superstition, religion or the rule of law. For this last always favors the rich and powerful above the common herd. How this utopia might come about I cannot say, and who would help in this cause I do not know. As Ikey often said, "The poor be like mangy strays, who fights in the dust over a dry bone but cannot get together long enough to raid the butcher shop my dear. They may be relied to do as much to prevent an improvement to their circumstances as those who exploited their poverty and despair. " But perhaps Ikey could be proved wrong and some kind of brotherhood could be formed against those who exploit them.<br/>

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great , emotional part 2 of the trillogy

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

Ahh, that would be a spoiler, but the horrors that befall Maggie Pie

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

Just as good, saying that I have only listened to him perform Bryce Cournteys work

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

Much the same as the most memorable moment was???

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A great book but not as good as the first

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

The performance was excellent but the storyline wasn't as interesting as The Potato Factory. These characters don't hold up to Mary and Ikey's character development and storyline. But it's still worth the listen.

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  • happy
  • Boston, MA United States
  • 08-10-14

dragged out too much

If you could sum up Tommo and Hawk in three words, what would they be?

get. the. mongrels.

Would you recommend Tommo and Hawk to your friends? Why or why not?

Great continuation of the story. But seemed to drag at times.

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

Hawk for sure!

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

No.

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  • Dian
  • Ormeau, Australia
  • 07-16-14

Great Read..

The second book in the Trilogy and it certainly didn't let me down. Equally as good as the first. The reader makes the characters seem very real.

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  • Cheryl
  • Douglasville, GA, United States
  • 06-02-14

Unfortunately, I purchased all three books!

I just finished listening to the 2nd book in the trilogy, “Tommo and Hawk” by Bryce Courtenay. I read the first book, “The Potato Factory”, which was o.k., but not my favorite of Courtenay’s books. The second book was not as good as the first one so I was looking forward to it ending! In other words, it was often very boring.

Of course, being the second book in the trilogy, it left you hanging at the end so that you are forced to buy the 3rd book to conclude the story.

I will be listening to the third and final book, “Solomon’s Song” which I am not really looking forward to. Unfortunately, I must have purchased the series all together because I just found book three in my library!! I hope it will surprise me and that I will enjoy it, but I am not really looking forward to the adventure : (.

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Great story & performance

I loved this story! It is not a story for someone too sensitive to human suffering.

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engrosing story and historical

i listen to books on trips in the car. I learned so much from this series but it was moving as well and kept me engaged. I did not want it to end.

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  • Cathleen
  • Corrales, NM, United States
  • 03-26-14

The story of two unforgettable Brothers

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

One of my favorite audio books of all time.

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

The story was mesmerizing. Heartbreaking at times and uplifting at others. A woman who loves children but knows she can never have her own is given two amazing twins. <br/><br/>Incredible sadness of a family torn apart, and then eventually mended, but not fully healed.<br/><br/>

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

He makes every character distinct (and there are many).

If you could take any character from Tommo and Hawk out to dinner, who would it be and why?

It would be Hawk, the incredible "Black Maori." A man of great heart, incredible integrity, and intelligence who is most defined by the unwavering love he has for his brother.

Any additional comments?

I found the information about the history of New Zealand and the Maori people fascinating.

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Too Good

I can't say enough good things about this series - I'm completely enthralled in the history, the story and the absolutely amazing writing - all from a person that didn't start until mid-fifties! I don't want to put the book(s) down and so far - as soon as I've finished one I'm ready to jump into the next, well... more than ready, which for me, after listening to such a long book using the same narrator I'm usually a little burnt out and ready to have a different voice in my head :) - Not this time, it's all so perfectly done and I'm loving it. Also, I find it interesting how the author has woven in some hints on characters from other's work from this time period in history - it's been fun and I'm ready for 3 to finish downloading to my Android. NOW!!! Hurry up please and thank you.