I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this gripping tale of one adventure after another. The narrator Humphrey Bower was superb in telling the tale. I would have given this book five stars, except for two things, 1. It was not necessary to use the "F" word so frequently and I found it distracting and bothersome to listen to, and 2. I was totally disappointed by the lackluster ending with Anna. We wait and wait to hear what will become of her and then, BOOM, it's over. It felt like the author was up against an editor's deadline and made a fast hash of the ending.
Simply the best story line and interaction with the charactors in any book published. It will make you laugh, cry, excited ( in more ways than 1), simply captures all your emotions and is impossible to put down. Reaching for the stars is the sequal.
Good story, but the absolute worst imitation of American accents ever. Very distracting and extremely annoying. He does OK with the upper class accents, but kevin and Joe are horrible parodies of working class speech, and a bit insulting. Other than the spotty narration, this book was good escapist story telling.
There are thousands of books set in World War II, but I would bet that there are none that like The Persimmon Tree.
Is it a book set in WWII that happens to contain a love story?
Is it a love story about how experiences can change young love that happens to be set in WWII?
Courtenay has done a good job of combining the love story with essentially two separate stories about Anna and Nick while they were apart and trying to survive war with the Japanese. The book bounces back and forth between Anna and Nick and except for the beginning, where they met, and the end, where they reunite, their lives have no real connection other than their pledges to each other before they parted.
Courtenay has obviously well researched the world Nick and Anna were placed in and the framework is rooted in history. The portrayals of Japanese military and the Javanese population are not always flattering, but they appear to be realistic.
Humphrey Bowers reading is top notch and adds to the enjoyment. He handles the different accents well and the characters are, for the most part, distinct.
This was my first Bryce Courtenay book and it will probably not be the last.
already have, It's well written, moves fluidly, has historical info, and just really excellent.
The Persimmon Tree is a sweeping drama about a young Australian butterfly collector in Batavia (Jakarta) who falls in love with an exotic beauty. Separated by circumstances in the Pacific at the onset of World War II, he sails to Australia, but their plans to meet there fail and he spends the next several years searching for her. It was a stunningly written story made even more so by Humphrey Bower's gorgeous narrating.
This is a beautiful story, very well told. Warning listening to this story is addictive. It is best suited for a voyage, where have time to savor this delicious tale.
Absolutely, overall amazing performance of a very solid story, i listened to the 24 hours or so in less than 3 weeks.
Tied for two Kevin Judge and Teal, he added the necessary comic tone for such a story of sorrow and survival
I literally loved his ability to express cultural differences through speech, What a talented individual
Both and more than 1 or 2 times, very difficult to do
Listen to this book, dont read it, you are going to miss out on an incredible performance.
Humphrey Bower is a fabulous performer with an amazing ability to give real personality to the various characters, so there is no doubt who is speaking. His talent for accents is outstanding!
It has to be Anna but Til (spelling?) is a second!
The characters' voices! He is so talented - there is no way to fully appreciate a book like this by simply reading it.
I can't think of anything that wouldn't sound trite - it is well-named.
I might have liked a more extended ending - it was a bit abrupt. Maybe Mr Courtenay didn't want to emphasize the details of Anna's withdrawal and recovery? Overall, though, I found it really educational since I was not well-versed in Australia's involvement with the Japanese in WW II. Great book!
This book had me enthralled the entire time. I loved hearing how the characters grew and changed and about their trials and tribulations. A wonderful story!