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The Story of Danny Dunn

By: Bryce Courtenay
Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
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Simultaneous release of the latest novel from Australia's best-selling author. Likened by the author to Frank Hardy's Australian classic, Power Without Glory, with pubs, gambling and political corruption taking centre stage.

The Dance of Danny Dunn is an Australian family saga centering on a working-class family of publicans who make their first mark in Balmain in the 1930s. In that decade, two opportunities existed for boys of Balmain, a working-class Sydney suburb: to be selected into Fort Street Boys School or to excel as a sportsman. At just 16 years, Danny Dunn has everything going for him: brains, looks, sporting aptitude - and luck with the ladies. His parents run The Hero of Mafeking ('Maffos'), the favourite local watering hole, and the whole of Balmain is proud of Danny's sporting prowess. His mother, though, steers Danny 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 has told no one of his return, and as he sails towards the Balmain ferry terminal, he knows his life in beloved Balmain will have nothing to do with the life he led before the war. He is scared and overwhelmed by the need to sort himself out, to find out who the hell he is....

©2013 Christine Courtenay; 2009 Bryce Courtenay (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

Each Bryce Courtney novel is an escape for me, written to be enjoyed by all, I found myself lost in mid century Sydney, picturing the pubs and thier patrons.
Humphrey Bower is simply the greatest narrative voice I have ever heard, his passion for the story comes through with every character, his accents are worderful, he makes these books so easy to listen to.

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Bryce Courtenay is indeed a great story teller! I am a fan and I do enjoy his books because of the interesting and varied characters and the cultural settings. Having grown up in Sydney I found this one interesting as the story was woven into familiar settings and events. The names of Olympic swimming stars such as Dawn Frazer, politicians and the local politics made it all the more interesting. As usual there were some strong female characters but they were believable! These novels a great escapism with enough oomph to hold ones interest without being too heavy. A good read or listen.

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My first Bryce Courtenay novel

The narrator (Humphrey Bower) brought this novel to life. It was my first by this author and fell in love with the story and was hard pressed to put it down. Will be checking out his other books to read more.

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Another wonderful story by Bryce Courtenay

Of course we’ve come to expect thoroughly researched and beautifully written books by Bryce Courtenay and this story didn’t disappoint.
However it was enhanced by the reader Humphrey Bower. He didn’t just read this story but he brought each character to life with his own interpretation of their personality.
Well done! A great listen.

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Brilliant

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

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Fantastic

Great story, perfect narration. I couldn't put it down.
I love historical tales of Sydney and this was spot on

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Danny Dunne

As always an excellent story and great narration. About to obtain the next B C book.

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Love love love big fan

Couldn't put it down, such grit, heart, emotion,tears, loss then utter sadness. I am addicted to Bryce Courtenay Books

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Another fantastic book from one of my fav Authors

It’s so hard to write down all the emotions this book has made me feel - but I know I shall miss all the Dunn family for a long time! Humphrey Bower is phenomenal yet again! I just wish the book didn’t have to end xxx

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Loved it

Thoroughly enjoyable read.
The narrator suits Bryce Courtney Books so well.
The characters were very relative.

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