• The Story of Danny Dunn

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 23 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-04-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (589 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Eddie on 02-06-10

Oh Danny Boy!

As an Irish Australian with family in Balmain I found this book compelling. Typical Bryce Courtenay with detail so intricate you can almost smell the scene.
Bryce brings to us another collection of characters with whom we laugh, cry and ride their individual emotional roller-coasters. listen out for the hilarious description of the Egyptians by Half Dunne (Danny's father) as he enthralls the pub patrons with his interpretation of how mummies are prepared (I had tears rolling down my cheeks and almost had to pull the car over)
Top Marks Mr Courtenay.
I never enter a posting without acknowledging the Narrator - Humphrey Bower is the best in the business - If you require an easy listening style combined with a gambit of character voices that doesn't require you to exhaust your imagination then look no farther than Humphrey Bower, he is such a talented individual...so much so that I search for books using the narrator as the keyword.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michelle on 08-12-11

Wow. *Sniff-Sniff* Oh...wow.

I've just finished listening to the book and for the first time ever I felt the need to write a comment. On the technical side: this is a very well-written and extremely well-performed book and I highly recommend it to anyone who's grown up listening to the stories of South Pacific WWII survivors. On the personal side: It gave me a greater appreciation and understanding of what my grandfather went through during and especially after the war. Many of the embedded stories struck close to home and the magnificent way in which Humphrey Bower performed the telling...well...oh wow. I have to admit that it's been a long time since any book has moved me so deeply.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth on 11-29-10


This isn't the best work by Bryce Courtenay. It starts well, but gets a bit dull and predictable in places. There a really good portrayals of people with earnest ambition, for themselves or to please others, but it goes a little flat toward to the end. Its still entertaining but nowhere near the likes of Brother Fish or the Power of One. The narrator is fab as always, and his characterisations make you want to carry on listening, but if you are looking at this author for the first time, its not the best.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sadiq on 10-17-17

Superb as usual

It's always a guarantee that any of Bryce's books are enjoyable to read.
But the ending is a bit sudden and not aligned to the flow of the rest of the book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Paddington on 02-08-14

Entertaining story

[{ "answer" : "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. ", "type" : "Overall", "question" : "What did you like most about The Story of Danny Dunn?", "id" : 43, "typeString" : "overall" }, { "answer" : "", "type" : "Story", "question" : "What did you like best about this story?", "id" : 1, "typeString" : "story" }, { "answer" : "", "type" : "Performance", "question" : "What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?", "id" : 27, "typeString" : "performance" }, { "answer" : "", "type" : "Genre", "question" : "Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?", "id" : 56, "typeString" : "genre" }, { "answer" : "", "type" : "Misc", "question" : "Any additional comments?", "id" : -1, "typeString" : "misc" } ]

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4 out of 5 stars
By kevinplee@hotmail.com on 01-09-18

Brilliant books

I don't know how Bryce Courtenay writes such books but I like each one. There are some familiar threads that run through his stories but it works in each setting. Really enjoyed this story of principles, right over wrong and the human condition.

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