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I didn't know if I'd like this book. Being the follow-up to The Potato Factory I thought I may have had enough of this story.
Expertly told by Bryce Courtenay, this follows the growing up of Tommo & Hawk and the trials and tribulations of whale fishing, wars against the British in New Zealand, opium addiction, bare fist fighting, racism, sexism, prostitution... all in a days work for Bryce.
The clever use of each character having their own chapters helped you to explore the two different personalities.
The story flowed effortlessly and was superbly narrated, as always, by Humphrey Bower. You felt you were in the characters head.
Nicely left at the end for a sequel.
The narration in this book is wonderful. I became entranced in the many different characters with many different accents. The story was excellent, but I have to say, as with the Potato Factory, I felt the story just stopped. Although both books pick up where the other left off, I sort of wanted an end of Tommo and Hawk"s story at the end of the book. However, it just gave me more reason to immediatly start the third book, Solomon's Song and find out what happened to the family next.
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This is by far to date the best listenening experience I've had since joining Audible. The
author is now on my top 10 list and the narration
was spectacular. It was very difficult to turn off my audio player because I would close my eyes
and feel like I was in another place & time.
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