I love Bryce Courtenay and have listened to most of his books, loved the first book but this sequel seemed a bit like a history class, too preachy. I found myself drifting off in some parts when the detailed history became too long. Still one of my favorite writers though.
A continuation of the story of the characters in The Persimmon Tree, this book demonstrates Courtenay's usual masterful weaving of history, politics, romance, love, & all the complexities of human relationships, in wonderful storytelling. Humphrey Bower is an outstanding reader & brings the characters alive.
The Persimmon Tree was awesome. Fishing for Stars as sequel not as much. Although a great story & perfection in reading, there was too much information regarding the environmental & political minutiae. Sadly this left me bored & thinking about fast forwarding which I would never have done in the other Courtenay books I have listened to.
As always, Humphrey Bower's does a masterful job of bringing the story to life, but unlike other Courtenay books this one never really grabbed and held me. It felt like Courtenay wasn't sure where he was going with this one. At several points I was tempted to abandon the book but trudged on to a so-so ending. Glad this wasn't the first Courtenay book I listened to as I would likely have passed on his other very excellent books.
50ish retired public radio news broadcaster, female, rancher. I love good writing from historical fiction and interesting, off beat mysteries to history of religions and interesting biography coupled with excellent voicing. I have no use for poorly delivered reading. I'll suffer though so-so writing if the content is engaging, but if the narrator is bad, I'll buy the book and read it myself.
While it was great to catch up with Nick, Anna and Marg, this story went on an and on and on about politics, history and environmental issues. Toward the end I skipped large amounts just to get back to the story.
I was thrilled to realize The Persimmon Tree had a sequel, and settled in to listen. To keep my review brief (and avoid spoilers), I loved every part of the story that involved Anna and disliked nearly every part of the story that involved Marg. Even allowing for that personal opinion, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it.
I would condense the content, a lot of the story from The Persimmon Tree is repeated and re-repeated far too many times in this book. There are a lot of cliches and editorial misses that should have been excluded and detract from the telling of this sequel.
restricted the amount of cliches about women and expanded more on the final outcome of his writing his story and Marg Hamilton.
he redeems some of the self depreciating humor and allows you to overlook the authors at times tedious repetitions and cliches.
yes but only if it were together with the first book, The Persimmon Tree. No idea on actors!
Read the Persimmon Tree first or you'll be disappointed and irritated. I read this sequel and can understand why other readers were disappointed and given poor reviews. This is not his best book, but I did enjoy most of it as part of the previous story. It took me a while to get into the first book, so I read The Four Fires which was more fun and more akin to The Power of One. I felt I had to got into the style of this author and so decided to go back to the Persimmon Tree but had to make an effort to tolerate some cliches and repetitions of storyline especially for Fishing for Stars.I still enjoyed it overall. There is some good storytelling and information in there, once you get used to the writing style but not everyone's cup of tea! One for fans I think and not the best Bryce Courtney book to start with.
Although not at the same level as the first one in the Duncan series you will not be disappointed with this installment if you enjoyed the Persimmon Tree. Like all Courtney novels he seems to project himself in all his hero's and may fancy himself being desired by two gorgeous women as Nick Duncan is. The novel expounded in semi detail on Tasmania’s Green movement which was a little boring, seemed like it was forcible integrated into the story, likely it really requires a separate novel to address and certainly a novel which I would not download.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
A beautiful heroin addict, a bored housewife looking for a cause and a misogynistic ex-pat with PTSD. Do you want to know their story? I thought I did but I quickly became totally bored with the three of them.
Story: The beautiful and successful heroin addict, what a joke. Heroin addicts have to buy cut heroin and the ravages upon their physical being are obvious. This was my first annoyance. Then this ex-pat who has sex with multiple women and then "lets them go". You're kidding right? Women are so disposable and willing to involve themselves in such relationships so easily?? Don't even get me started with the bored housewife and her Kegal exercises!! Ugh!
Narrator: Oh Mr. Bower! I bet you wish you had never read this trite rubbish! Still a great job! Thankyou for being the only saving grace.
The Japan angle was very interesting. So was the drug rehabilitation angle. Anna becoming a cunning business tycoon and belittling Nicholas at every opportunity got a bit old. How many times does she have to tell him he is an idiot? So did the entire Marg Hamilton angle. It was ridiculous...At the beginning of the book I had complete buy-in to the characters of Anna, Nicholas and Marg. By the end I could have cared less what happened to them. I just wanted to be done with them.
The continuation of the Japan angle, other than that I found the story dragged a lot.
Humphrey Bower is literally a genius as a reader. He brought to the story some interest for me, without him I would have likely turned the audiobook off long before.
About 2/3 of the way thru the book I started hoping it would end. The whole Marg/Anna back and forth did not work for me. Neither did the entire Tasmania section. Neither did anything that happened after they came back from Japan. The word "Gobsmacked" could have been used a few less times, and I actually think he repeated sections of the book multiple times by accident. It simply did not flow like his other stories.