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3.00197954470472 out of 53.00197954470472 out of 53.00197954470472 out of 53.00197954470472 out of 53.00197954470472 out of 5 3.00 (3,031 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bryce Courtenay Narrator: Humphrey Bower Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN:
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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.

In the backstreets and dives of Hobart Town, Mary learns the art of brewing and builds The Potato Factory, where she plans a new future. But her ambitions are threatened by Ikey's wife, Hannah, her old enemy. The two women raise their separate families, one legitimate and the other bastard. As each woman sets out to destroy the other, the families are brought to the edge of disaster.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tavis | 2/18/2014

    " Pretty interesting novel set mostly in historical van diemen's land. Don't know if I'll read the rest of the trilogy or not. Really like Courtenay as an author though and hope to reread The Power of One soon and then maybe its sequel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amber | 2/11/2014

    " Its a good story, but its long-winded and doesn't need to be 800+ pages "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Littlekidd | 1/26/2014

    " This is one of the favorite stories I have ever read. And it's the first book in a trilogy! Yippee for me. I LISTENED to this as an audiobook, and the reader is excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faye Oppitz | 1/21/2014

    " My favourite of the trilogy, it brings our history to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry | 1/12/2014

    " Bryce Courtenay is an incredible writer. This was my fourth book written by him, and I have enjoyed each of them. It is a very long book, but for the most part it keeps moving along quite easily. This novel is a bit dark in many respects, but the character development is such that you really feel that the people are alive and that you know them. Set in England and Australia, amongst thieves and n'er-do-wells, you learn that some people can and do change while others really do not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cora Judd | 1/10/2014

    " Not entirely plausible (certain aspects of Mary Klerk, specifically) but a good historical fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kokom1 | 1/1/2014

    " One of my favorite books and trilogies. I think there were moments in all four books that made me cry like a baby. Was totally absorbed, and even though I read these a few years ago they have stayed with me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Di Holmes | 12/26/2013

    " Absolutely loved it even though I read it ages ago. Love old English stories "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi | 11/8/2013

    " I loved this story, although at first I didn't think I was going to like it at all. Mary Abacus was an amazing woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerrie | 10/13/2013

    " Historical Fiction at its finest. Great read, loved this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 9/14/2013

    " An interesting tale, with some grisly details. While I do like strong female characters, it did feel like some of the personalities were a bit modern for the time in which the book was set. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Llyne | 4/22/2013

    " A great book. Great author. Hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 4/10/2013

    " Just read it again for the second time - still a good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Agnieszka | 10/28/2012

    " Pretty good story. I did enjoy it very much and it didn't take me very long to get through it, despite its length. I listened to it as an audiobook on audible... and the narration was excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AnonymousOne | 8/28/2012

    " I've never found Australian history to be very interesting so this book was a real surprise. I found myself falling in love with the characters and the enthralling story. The only downside is a few slow portions here and there but it's still very good regardless of that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Angel | 8/22/2012

    " I love this book and the entire series. I found them to be extremely well written and had a hard time putting this book down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen Wolff | 7/18/2012

    " This book allowed me a glimpse into my ancestral past that I wouldn't have got anywhere else. Highlights for me were the descriptions of early Hobart Town and those transported there for their wrongdoings (including my great great great grandfather). An easy read and well researched... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Synthia C. | 5/6/2012

    " This was a wonderful story with great character development and compelling writing. It's quite a unique realistic historical fiction that focuses on the early years of Australia's history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D.H. | 4/22/2012

    " Takes quite a while to get going but really good once it does. Once it picked up I was hooked. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra N. | 3/14/2012

    " This was a fairly original account of the hardships that early settlers endured in 19th century Australia. However it lost my interest in too many places and thus was hard for me to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 s.c. | 1/28/2012

    " The beginning of the book is set in London and reminded me a bit of 'Oliver Twist'. That section is decent but when the characters got to Australia that's when it got really interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shanda Braithwaite | 11/27/2011

    " Enjoyed but it lost a star due to language and too much sexuality (that I skipped over) because I enjoyed the rest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven M. | 11/23/2011

    " I loved this unique fictional take on the formative years of Australia. This is historical fiction done right and I'm very much looking forward to reading the remaining 2 volumes in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Winston Brown | 3/18/2011

    " Bryce Courtney at the beginning of his trilogy on the early years of Sydney Town. Well written and thoroughly enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clara Lee Arnold | 1/8/2010

    " This is the first in a series of three books that are fictional history. I understand they are good for learning about the early part of Australia's history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 4/26/2009

    " Bryce Courtenay is a fabulous storyteller. All of his novels are first-rate, in my opinion. This is the first in a trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 9/3/2008

    " Really liked this book, both the history of london and tassy. Onto the rest of the trilogy... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 4/25/2008

    " One of my favorites, makes you gasp out loud as you read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ayny | 3/23/2007

    " 2.5 The Potato Factory was very Dickensian. First half was much better IMO, scandalous men & very clever female characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 2/19/2007

    " Downloaded from audible.com. I loved this book. The historical background (set in London and in Australia) is a great backdrop to an interesting cast of characters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 2/13/2007

    " Loved this book was like reading other peoples views in Oliver Twist! Brilliant i recomend it to all kids & adults!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kerrie Rodgerson | 10/28/2006

    " I was really liking the storyline....it got a little racy for me. And the language was too much. I am very sad because I loved Bryce Courtenay's other book, The Power of One. Bleh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline | 3/31/2006

    " Well, I didn't actually finish this one. After about 200 pages I got tired of it and just quit. Guess I'm just not that interested in the lives of the criminal poor and downtrodden, motivated by their greed and generally without any redemptive personal qualities. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan Spain-Goldsmith | 2/8/2006

    " Couldn't get through this gritty Charles Dickian type story.... "

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