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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 451
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 419
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 421

    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

    Non-member price: $51.22

    • Tommo and Hawk

    • The Australian Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 20 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 290
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 271
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 268

    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
    • Fabulous

    • By Johan on 09-05-2017

    Non-member price: $51.22

    • The Power of One

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 21 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 375
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 350
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 348

    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
    • An absolute treasure.

    • By Danielle on 06-03-2018

    Non-member price: $40.25

    • Tandia

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 26 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 196
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 184
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 184

    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
    • strong performance

    • By Anonymous User on 11-10-2017

    Non-member price: $51.22

    • 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 122
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114

    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
    • Outstanding

    • By Pam on 25-07-2017

    Non-member price: $51.22

    • Four Fires

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 29 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 173
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 171

    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
    • Brilliant story

    • By Tracey on 08-02-2019

    Non-member price: $46.09

    • Jessica

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 156
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 157

    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 great Australian novel

    • By Anonymous User on 26-09-2017

    Non-member price: $35.84

    • 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 242
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 229
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 229

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Best 3 book series ever

    • By Kevin on 08-11-2017

    Non-member price: $51.22

    • The Persimmon Tree

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 27 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 169
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 162
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160

    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
    • Brilliant

    • By ValleyGirl on 16-03-2018

    Non-member price: $51.21

    • Jack of Diamonds

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 26 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great Story

    • By Anonymous User on 19-06-2018

    Non-member price: $46.09

    • Fortune Cookie

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 21 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70

    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

    Non-member price: $51.21

    • 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 121
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

    • By Chris Collum on 14-10-2018

    Non-member price: $51.21

    • Whitethorn

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 24 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88

    From the author of The Power of One comes a new novel about Africa. The time is 1939. White South Africa is a deeply divided nation with many of the Afrikaner people fanatically opposed to the English. The world is also on the brink of war, and South Africa elects to fight for the Allied cause against Germany. Six-year-old Tom Fitzsaxby finds himself in The Boys Farm, an orphanage in a remote town in the high mountains, where the Afrikaners side fiercely with Hitler's Germany.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bryce Courtney's brilliant once again

    • By linda goodall on 28-05-2019

    Non-member price: $26.29

    • Sylvia

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Edwina Wren
    • Length: 19 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 42

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing book

    • By Mark on 26-12-2016

    Non-member price: $40.97

    • Fishing for Stars

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 22 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Sequel syndrome 😔

    • By Anonymous User on 19-12-2017

    Non-member price: $51.21

    • Brother Fish

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 31 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 116
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another classic Bryce Courtenay tale

    • By kevinplee@hotmail.com on 15-04-2018

    Non-member price: $51.22

    • The Family Frying Pan

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Melissa Eccleston, Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not my sort of book!

    • By Anonymous User on 01-08-2018

    Non-member price: $46.09

    • Smoky Joe's Cafe

    • By: Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not my sort of book.

    • By Anonymous User on 26-08-2018

    Non-member price: $25.59