Bryce Courtenay at his best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What a great book very enjoyable even my husband had a tear in his eye after listening to this story. We travel all the time so we download books and listen to them through our ipod.
Some people argue that the Power of One is the best book written in the 20th century, and I thought that too.
When I began reading Jessica I thought it hardly would be as good as The Power of One but I was wrong. Jessica is by far the best book written in the 20th century in my opinion. Jessica is a model of a strong woman and an amazing person. If you have not read it yet do it!
Well, I am sorry that Jessica never ever got a break, but Bryce Courtney is hard to let go of. He is a great story teller, even though parts of his stories are tempting to fast forward. Guess I'm addicted.
I enjoyed this book very much -- the narrator is excellent and the story of Jessica in the Australian bush was very interesting. I enjoyed a bit of Australian history along with the story. (I don't know much of the history of Australia). I don't know if I would have liked the book if I had read it but the narrator is the best.
This is a rare gem. This story is heart breakingly beautiful. The characters are alive- the narrator does an excellent job identifying their personalities. This is not usually my cup of tea- but I couldn't put this book down- it was engrossing and enchanting.
I'm a big Courtenay fan, but I didn't love this book. The melodrama is over the top, he threw every tearjerker device under the sun in here, and IT IS incredibly sad.
The protagonist faces horror after horror with decency and stoicism, so much in fact that both she and the story loose credibility. The end, in fact, is just plain silly.
Another Courtenay masterpiece! Listened to it fully over the weekend (everything else came to a screeching halt). I've "read" most of Bryce's book and rate this at the top, along with the trilogy of Solomon's Song, The Potato Factory and Tommo and Hawk. Of course, Humprey Bowers (as usual) plays a magnificent role as the narrator. Wish I could learn more about the real Jessica, since this book was based on a true story, i.e., how closely did Bryce stay to the real life story of this woman?
While I highly recommend all the other Bryce Courtenay books I've heard, this one is just too sad. This woman's life is bleak, tortured and miserable to the bitter end.