Brother Fish

  • by Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by Humphrey Bower
  • 31 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama and war story of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life. Jack McKenzie is a harmonica player, soldier, dreamer, and small-time professional fisherman from a tiny island in Bass Strait. Nicole Lenoir-Jourdan is a strong-willed woman hiding from an ambiguous past in Shanghai. Larger than life, Private Jimmy Oldcorn was once a street kid and leader of a New York gang. Together, they reap a vast and not always legitimate fortune from the sea. Narrated by celebrated, award-winning actor Humphrey Bower.

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So much, and so well done

This book although focussing on one character is undoubtedly the story of three. It is therefore more of a trilogy with the one thread of its main character uniting them, but any one of their three stories could stand on its own. And the canvas is vast from small town Australia, to the Korean war, from life as a POW to that of a young White Russian emigre trying to survive in China after the First World War, or as a black orphan in the US, or from rags to riches .... The list could continue, and these are not superficial cameos, but windows through which we gain clear pictures of worlds and experiences few of us in the UK know of, other than perhaps superficially or as stereotypes or caricatures.

The reading is excellent, and combined with the fine writing results in a book you will not want to come to an end.
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- Andrew

32 hours long and not a minute too long

Humphrey Bower excelled himself narrating this. I had to check to see how many storytellers had been used but no, only the one. A story covering so much; the Korean War, Chinese Taipans, Tasmanian fishermen, comradeship, racism and so much more. Bryce Courtenay is definitely the Dickens of our time with his amazing storymaking. His characters jump into ones life and because he is such a good raconteur he seems to answer the questions before you ask them. I can thoroughly recommend this story because of the tale itself and because it was such a joy to listen to.
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- Cabaspre

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-12-2005
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd