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  • The Potato Factory

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220

Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fab!

  • By Dr on 05-03-09

Good historical novel with plenty of twists

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-14

What did you like most about The Potato Factory?

The Potato Factory covers the period of English history when villains were readily hanged or transported to the new world of Australia or Tasmania (Van Demons Land).

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ikey, the main character is the rouge on whom Fagin could have been based, he ran a gang of young boys teaching them all the tricks they would need for a life of crime, and making profit from them at the same time, but he had his fingers in many pies, fencing and forging of bank notes, this later was his downfall

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scramble to avoid arrest by the Bank of England officers by removing the high value printing plates from where the press is kept and as much of value that he can hide elsewhere.

  • Four Fires

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 29 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • brothers and mothers

  • By Elizabeth on 30-10-11

four fires, fires the imagination

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-14

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

This is a story of a family living in Australia starting after the second world war and through to modern times. This book is a real page turner even though it is in audible fashion, I recommend it to everyone. It has real pace and I found it difficult to turn off and often went into the early hours listening to it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mole the leading character gets my vote for favorite character, but the whole family (including the Suckfizzles) all play their part

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The part where Tommy (the father) take Mole to see the Maloney Tree and tells him how all of his friends have died is so poignant.

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

There are parts in these books that make you laugh and parts where you want to cry,it bring out all the emotions .

Any additional comments?

This is the first work by Bryce Courtenay that I have come across, but it defintely will not be the last.

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  • Start the Car

  • The World According to Bumble
  • By: David Lloyd
  • Narrated by: David Lloyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

David "Bumble" Lloyd is a legend in our living rooms, a genuine "good bloke" all cricket fans feel they know inside out because of his infectious, larger-than-life personality and that distinctive Lancashire burr. Bumble has become the one constant for passionate English fans in cricket's rapidly changing landscape. He has earned cult status as a commentator and pundit, with viewers loving his unerring dedication to the game's great fables.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • simply great

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-09-18

Bumble at his best

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-10-13

Where does Start the Car rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A great listen with Bumble reading it is special for all cricket fans

What did you like best about this story?

I liked all the anecdotes

Have you listened to any of David Lloyd’s other performances? How does this one compare?

this is the first I have listened to, but won't be the last

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Difficult to make this into a film, but the tag would be "Bowled over"

Any additional comments?

Any cricket lover would love this