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    • The Power of One

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 21 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 564
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 431
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 430

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best book I've bought from Audible

    • By Deborah on 03-04-09

    Regular price: £25.79

    • Tommo and Hawk

    • The Australian Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 20 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 186
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 134
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent in both story and narration,

    • By Roger Gittins on 09-01-19

    Regular price: £32.89

    • Jack of Diamonds

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 26 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94

    Born and raised in a poor, working-class family in Toronto, Jack Spayd is the son of an unhappy marriage. After being taken under the wing of "Miss Frostbite", the owner of a local jazz club, Jack becomes a gifted musician, playing piano and harmonica. Fame and the allure of gambling takes him to Vegas, and prospects of fortune take him to the Belgian Congo, where he's heard it's possible to earn big money working in the most dangerous parts of the local copper mines.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Masterpiece!!

    • By Joykie Burger on 26-09-13

    Regular price: £29.59

    • 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 277
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 219
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 215

    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

    Regular price: £32.89

    • Fishing for Stars

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 22 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 111
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 82

    Nicholas Duncan is a semi-retired shipping magnate who resides in idyllic Beautiful Bay in Indonesia, where he is known as the old patriarch of the islands. He is grieving the loss of his beautiful Eurasian wife, Anna, and is suffering for the first time from disturbing flashbacks to WWII, the scene of their first meeting and early love. His other wartime lover is the striking Marg Hamilton, a powerful and influential political player in Australia who has remained close to Nick.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • A disappointing sequel.

    • By Mick'sMoll on 28-02-15

    Regular price: £32.89

    • Matthew Flinder's Cat

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    The story of a drunk, a boy, and a cat. Billy O'Shannessy, once a prominent barrister, is now on the street where he sleeps on a bench outside the State Library. Above him on the window sill rests a bronze statue of Matthew Flinders' cat, Trim. Ryan is a 10-year-old, a near-street kid heading for the usual trouble. The two form an unlikely bond.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • As alway Bryce Courtney delivers.

    • By Mr. on 07-04-13

    Regular price: £32.89

    • Jessica

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 149
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107

    Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob: but will justice prevail in the courts? Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A wonderful tale

    • By Naomi on 17-03-10

    Regular price: £22.99

    • The Family Frying Pan

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Melissa Eccleston, Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    Mrs. Moses is a small woman with a big heart and enormous courage. The only survivor of a Cossack raid on her village, she takes with her a big cast-iron frying pan, so heavy that she can only sling it over her back. Yet this is no ordinary frying pan, it's The Family Frying Pan, blessed with a Russian soul.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful true story . So sad to come to the end.

    • By Mrs Jill Murray on 21-01-18

    Regular price: £29.59

    • Tandia

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 26 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 249
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 184
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 182

    Tandia is a child of all Africa: half Indian, half African, beautiful and intelligent, she is only 16 when she is first brutalized by the police. Her fear of the white man leads her to join the black resistance movement. With her in the fight for justice is the one white man Tandia can trust, the welterweight champion of the world, Peekay. Now he must fight their common enemy in order to save both their lives.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent read

    • By Rachel on 30-09-09

    Regular price: £32.89

    • Smoky Joe's Cafe

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    Thommo returns from Vietnam to an Australia that regards him as a mercenary guilty of war crimes. He begins to develop all kinds of physical and mental problems, and thinks it must only be him until he finds he is not alone. Ten mates, all who remain of his platoon who fought and died in the Battle of Long Tan, are affected the same way.

    Regular price: £16.39

    • Solomon's Song

    • The Australian Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 19 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129

    Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best audio book I have ever listened to

    • By Sharon on 21-03-09

    Regular price: £32.89

    • 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

    Regular price: £29.59

    • The Persimmon Tree

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 27 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 255
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 199
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling read

    • By Philippa on 10-09-11

    Regular price: £32.89

    • April Fool's Day

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 19 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    This is Bryce Courtenay's moving tribute to his son, Damon, a hemophiliac who died from medically acquired AIDS on April 1, 1991, at the age of 24. April Fool's Day is controversial, painful and heartbreaking, yet has a gentle humor. It is also life-affirming, and, above all, a testimony to the incredible regenerative strength of love: how when we confront our worst, we can become our best. This tragic yet uplifting story will change the way you think.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Moving

    • By Dr on 01-04-08

    Regular price: £32.89

    • Brother Fish

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 31 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 213
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 146
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144

    From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So much, and so well done

    • By Andrew on 15-10-06

    Regular price: £32.89

    • Sylvia

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Edwina Wren
    • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15

    From master storyteller Bryce Courtenay comes a colorful, lusty story set in the 13th century, an epic tale of a Europe torn by religious intolerance. The story centers around Sylvia Honeyeater, who sings like an angel and can literally charm the birds from the trees. The narrative also features the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Francis of Assisi, the Muslim Sultan and his harem, and the fervor that becomes the Children's Crusade and then, later, the Crusades.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Huge Disappointment

    • By Richard on 22-03-09

    Regular price: £26.29

    • The Story of Danny Dunn

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 23 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    At just 16 years Danny Dunn has everything going for him: brains, looks, sporting aptitude - and luck with the ladies. His mother steers him towards a university education, but with just six months of his degree to go, he signs up for the AIF, driven by a desire to serve his country and plain wanderlust. Danny serves in South-east Asia, spends three and a half years as a POW, and returns a broken man, embittered and facially disfigured. He is scared and overwhelmed by the need to sort himself out, to find out who the hell he is....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Hmmm

    • By Elizabeth on 29-11-10

    Regular price: £32.89

    • Fortune Cookie

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 21 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    It's the 1960s and the world of advertising is coming alive - and it's an exciting world to be part of. Simon Wong, a Chinese-Australian and promising young advertising executive, is sent to Singapore to establish an office. He finds himself thrust into an environment that is at once strangely familiar and profoundly different; one where the rules that govern behaviour - both in business and in personal life - differ wildly from what he is used to. And where all is not what it appears to be.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating and well read

    • By Paula on 24-07-11

    Regular price: £32.89

    • The Silver Moon

    • Reflections on life, death and writing
    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Each of us has a place to return to in our minds, a place of clarity and peace, a place to think, to create, to dream. For Bryce Courtenay this place was a waterhole in Africa where he used to escape to as a boy, in search of solitude. One evening, while lingering there, he witnessed the tallest of the great beasts drinking from the waterhole in the moonlight, and was spellbound. Ever since, he drew inspiration from this moment.

    Regular price: £31.49

    • The Power of One

    • Young Readers' Edition
    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, little six-year-old Peekay learns that small can beat big. Armed with this knowledge, he resolves to take on the injustices of his country, and sets his heart on becoming the welterweight champion of the world. Peekay starts to take boxing lessons, makes new friends, collects cacti, and plays the piano. Above all, he learns to think with his head and then with his heart. Peekay discovers that nothing can defeat the determination to be true to yourself: This is the power of one.

    Regular price: £19.69