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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
    5 out of 5 stars 344
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    5 out of 5 stars 320
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    5 out of 5 stars 321

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Geraldine on 05-06-2016

love this book. extremely well narrated.

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Reviewed: 06-08-2018

Bryce Courtney is a brilliant author. Blending history with story. narrated brilliantly. An exceptional experience.

  • Wild Swans

  • By: Jung Chang
  • Narrated by: Pik-sen Lim
  • Length: 27 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 62
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    5 out of 5 stars 60
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    5 out of 5 stars 60

Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular best seller and a critically acclaimed history of China that opened up the country to the world. Through the story of three generations of women in her own family - the grandmother given to the warlord as a concubine, the Communist mother, and the daughter herself - Jung Chang reveals the epic history of China's twentieth century. Breathtaking in its scope, unforgettable in its descriptions, this is a masterpiece that is extraordinary in every way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Melinda - YarnderWoman on 25-07-2015

A favourite novel, brought to life!

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Reviewed: 30-05-2018

One of my favourite books brought to life! Such a wealth of information as well as an amazing story. Very enjoyable.

  • The Joy Luck Club

  • By: Amy Tan
  • Narrated by: Gwendoline Yeo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Four Chinese women, drawn together by the shadow of their past, meet in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks, eat dim sum, and to "say" stories to each other. Nearly 40 years later, one of the women has died, and her daughter arrives to take her place. However, the daughter never expected to learn of her mother's secret lifelong wish - and the tragic way in which it has come true. The revelation creates among the women an urgent need to remember the past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An old favourite

  • By Tracy on 30-05-2018

An old favourite

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Reviewed: 30-05-2018

My paperback book has been read so many times it is falling apart. Such a joy to hear this wonderful novel as an audio book. Well narrated.

  • The Valley of Amazement

  • By: Amy Tan
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
  • Length: 24 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful book

  • By Tracy on 30-05-2018

Beautiful book

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Reviewed: 30-05-2018

A wonderful book and brilliantly narrated. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and would recommend anyone to purchase.

  • Four Fires

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 29 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • i didn't want this book to end

  • By Lorna Furst on 27-08-2018

Once again, a brilliant audio book

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Reviewed: 30-05-2018

The wonderful team of Bryce Courtenay writing and Humphrey narrating creates an amazing experience of listening. A great book with so much information on Australia. Thoroughly recommend!

  • The Story of Danny Dunn

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 23 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

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....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining story

  • By Paddington on 08-02-2014

Brilliant

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Reviewed: 30-05-2018

Another brilliant Bryce Courtenay and superbly narrated by Humphrey Bower. I enjoyed every minute! I can't wait to start the next one!

  • Fortune Cookie

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 21 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

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
  • Good story and brilliantly performed.

  • By Michael on 10-07-2017

Excellent

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Reviewed: 30-05-2018

Amazing story and narrated brilliantly by Humphrey Bower. I've always been a Bryce Courtenay fan, and I love hearing his book come to life by someone who really feels like they belong reading it.