I have previously listened to The Power of One and Tandia by the same author and narrator. Thoroughly enjoyed The Power of One. Enjoyed Tandia a little less. I'm deducting a star from my rating of The Persimmon Tree because I was so disappointed by the ending. I thought at first that part of the book did not get downloaded and I missed a big chunk of the end. Will still try another Courtenay book but probably not Fishing for Stars (the sequel to The Persimmon Tree).
There was so much detail throughout the book until the end. I wanted a substantial ending!
I cannot speak for all the accents, but his English with a Japanese accent is amazing.
Initially I would have said yes because I wanted the stories of Nick and Ana to continue. But after reading reviews of Fishing for Stars, I'm content to leave them as I envision them now.
I've read every one of BC's novels and have loved them all.
It would be difficult to listen to a better narrator. Bower is fantastic!
Unfortunately, I did not read the print version. The audio version was a perfect way to occupy two weeks of my commute.
Courtenay's account of the experience on the beach was depicted with skill. He made his audience feel the experience.
I look forward to my next adventure with Courtenay.
great read of love during war of not only countries but cultures, minorities, and genders. Readers ability to change accents, languages made listening very enjoyable.
The lead character was so dumb and so naive that he just got me too angry to listen beyond the first few hours. Chasing butterflies and saying prayers over the dead when he should have been high-tailing it from the Japanese.
The lead character.
Only the narration saved it, slightly.
I'm a bit surprised that nobody commented on what to me was the main story here. The love of the two young people that meet and are separated in the beginning.
While the female is captured an abused through the war and therefore a ruined wreck that feels no one can love her anymore, the male main character has an exciting varied experience, taking what he can get from any women that comes in his path (they often throw themselves after him). And all the time he supposedly is upholding the female heroine as the only and perfect love for him.....
And he rescues her and brings her back to life, heroically overlooking her years as a sexual plaything, while his sexual history is a complete non topic. Tragically outdated view of male an female sexuality and roles.
There is no excuse that this was as it was back then. It is presented as just how it should be, without a comment. I generally have problems with books that seem to be partly the male authors juvenile wet dreams. It just ruins any story however well written otherwise.
I only gave this two stars since history and Australia interest me, but if what the book covers on these topics is just as untrustworthy, there isn't much left and it only deserves one.
I listened through hoping for some ending where the main male character might grow a bit morally and otherwise. Since the book was well written, I hoped for an ending that could mend some of the hopeless parts. But it didn't and I threw the audio book out.