I really enjoyed this book but I love every book I read by Bryce... He develops the characters and never holds back. You are transported to another place and time. Read it...
Bryce Courtenay has such a talent for drawing the reader into his stories, making feel so real. The way he weaves in true historical facts of the time in the land down under is a gift! Thank you Humphrey Bower for your talented narration! I completely lose myself and feel each character separately. Bravo!!
Alida in Colorado
i have mixed feelings about this one after falling in love with "Tandia" and "The Power of One. "
I did not like the beginning and don't even remember why or why i kept listening but soon i found I could not put it down. What a story teller! Bryce has such a way of weaving in the magic of the native traditions and the injustices by the bloody white supremacists. i am not proud of that part of my English heritage. The story is heart breaking from beginning to end but I'm so glad i didn't stop reading. Get the tissues out!
Among the best of I've read from this author.
The true to life parts of the book. Though it was mostly fiction, I could relate it to real life in many ways. The story was told in a great way and was easy to follow. This one was hard to stop listening to. Highly recommended.
I'm not really sure to be honest.
Highly recommended book for one and all. I think adults as well as teenagers would enjoy this story. If you like Bryce Courtney's writing, then this one should definitely be on the must read / listen list.
I have discovered Bryce Courtenay and I am obsessed This is my third after a friend told me about "Power of one "
I am most thoroughly entertained.
In the process, I am also educated and my horizon expanded, but this occurs incidentally.
Mostly, a wonderful story masterfully presented
And most difficult to put down. Thank goodness for its length. I wanted it to go on and on
Another great effort by a talented author. I have now read at least half a dozen of Courtney's books and he never fails to craft and engrossing tale. Jessica is story at once courageous and heartbreaking. A great listen and Humphrey Bauer is flawless as always. Five stars
One of the best.
Jessica because she never gave up.
When Joe took her to the hut to stay and she shot him in the back knowing it would not kill him, but showing him her anger, defiance and betrayal.
I loved this book and could not put it down. So many twists and turns, you never know whats is coming next. Jessica, you are my hero.
The internationally famous professor of drama and theater, Michael Bantam, describes “tragedy” as a form of drama that depicts human suffering in which the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow but which also invokes an accompanying catharsis or purging of emotions resulting in some feeling of restoration. "Jessica" is full of human suffering with no accompanying restoration. Jessica, the main character, is a victim of lies, deceit, child abuse, lost love, hate, and even murder throughout 75% of the book. I kept hoping that all the evil-doers would eventually get their comeuppance in the last 25% of the book but, alas, the evil-doers prevailed and I was left angry, depressed and resentful that Jessica was never able to overcome the countless injustices and treacheries that abounded in her life – even to the end. To make it worse, the author introduces a storyline in the last 25% of the book about the plight of the Aborigines in the early 19th century, which in itself is a compelling and commendable topic, but absurdly extraneous to the main plot of the book, notwithstanding a few loose connections with the plight of Jessica and her son.
If you’re comfortable with an art form that continually harps on the failings of human nature and leaves you gratified with the relentless pain and humiliation suffered by the main character, then this book is for you.