The Australian accent and the reader's ability to speak the pidgeon language added to my enjoyment of the book. Mr Bower gave the characters personality that the the written word cannot give. I rate this high and wish I could give Humphrey Bower 6 stars!!
It was two stories in one. The couple meet as youth, then come of age separately, in completely different and extermely difficult circumstances, then meeting again. Then there was the need to work through Anna's serious consequences when they did meet. This added to the beauty of the story. I was sooo glad they met again, and, the ending was very well done.
His accent and ability to read emotion into the characters. I didn't understand much of the pidgeon language, glad there was an interpretation! I've never heard the language before but it had an authentic sound to my ear.
If the love is real and the heart is strong and clever, nothing can quench or overrule.
I will listen again.
Humphrey Bower brings such life to each character, you forget it is being read by one person! As usual, Bryce Courtney has written a memorable book that I look forward to
reading again! (After I finish ALL his books)
The beach scene!!
I am so sad Bryce Courtney died recently ~ I do so look forward to reading his books.
The best way to read.
The Persimmon Tree is based on an historial timeline that makes it all more interesting. It was enteratining to listen as one thing after another happens to these people who eventually intersect. Each character has a suprising depth. Nick and Anns'a decisions and circumstances diverge in ways that the reader would never have predicted at the beginning of the story.
Anna. She was brave, resourcesful, loving, sacraficing, loyal and truly cared about the people in her life. She commanded respect through her competency and generosity. She does not turn her back on anyone in her life even though she has every right to do so.
The different accents and dialects. The characters originate from all over the world. Everything was seemless and I never confused characters because they were very distinct. Each character's emotions were relayed exactly how the author meant them to be.
A story of youth, adventure and sacrafice.
I found myself a bit miffed about Nick and his need to bed every female who showed interest in him while Anna hung on by a thread while living under the Japanese, being forced into submission, lost loved ones, and eventually ends up addicted to opium.
This was an edge-of-the-seat story.
The historical information made it so believable.
This narrator deserves a 10-star rating. I've never heard anyone able to capture so many dialects so accurately. How the heck does he transition between characters so seamlessly?
A real page turner!
Unfortunately, the sexual exploits of the male character were too predictable.
long commute=audible reading time
I had a hard time getting into this one, but I'm glad I didn't give up.
One of the 2 main characters just seemed too earnest in the beginning, and I found him annoying. The growth of the other main character, Anna, is wonderful especially as life changes dramatically under Japanese occupation. By the end, I was hoping for more.
As an author Bryce is one of the more amazing people who can reach into the emotions and make you feel. Back this up with the history of the time and place and his story is more fact than fiction every time. The reader surrenders and becomes entwined in the world he creates. Humphrey Bower is the best reader I have ever listened to and always does the story justice. I would read anything he narrates. I have now listened to at least 7 Courtenay books and haven't found one I didn't love. I just finished "The Family Frying Pan"
What a wonder he is as an author. 'The Persimmon Tree" was another I would consider a favorite. I was listening well into the early morning hours. The characters will steel your heart as they struggle for normality during the Japanese occupation. There ability to adapt and conquer is an example of human courage and survival. Love overcomes time and trials.
Humor in the face of despair is a trademark of the Bryce stories that I love the most. I would easily recommend any of his book. Totally got hooked on him with the trilogy of the "Potato Factory" That was my first experience and he has been the best reading experience of a life time.
No narrator could have saved this story.
It was almost painfully cheesy at times. The second half of the book seemed to wander around with no distinct plot. I was completely ambivalent about the fate of any of the characters since they were so one dimensional.
The description of other areas of the world. Some of the insight about Japanese culture was also interesting at times.
The Persimmon Tree (the first book in the Nick Duncan series) was my second listen by Bryce Courtenay (Jack of Diamonds was my first) and I am so happy there are many more Bryce Courtenay books remaining for me to enjoy. The narration of this book is spectacular, the story is completely engrossing. This is a solid 5 star book. Highly recommend!
Dutch East Indies, WWII, and much in between
A nice, light Australian accent; clarity.
none except how do you enter your review?
Yes, I would recommend this book (and have). It is in the same vein as The Winds of War - a WWII "love story from afar" with a decent story line and lots of historical details, but set in the South Pacific (as opposed to Europe). If you like historical fiction, you will like this book. I particularly liked it because I had very little knowledge of the political situation in Southeast Asia prior to our current environment. Certainly I knew of the Dutch East Indies, Indochine and other places, but I had never associated them with the current names and am happy to be able to do so after having read this book. Also, as an American, I am fairly unknowledgeable of the WWII experience of any countries besides the Unites States with respect to the South Pacific, so while the story was fiction, at least I don't feel quite as ignorant as I was a couple of weeks ago. (I should say that there are not nearly the number of true historical events portrayed in this novel as there are in The Winds of War or its sequel.)
I really liked the narrator who did an amazing job with a dozen or so different accents. Good on ya, Mate!
There were a couple of things that about the book that I didn't relish and without wanting to spoil the story, I'll just say that there was a fair bit that was unbelievable - and towards the end, because I came to know the characters - predictable. Also, at times it seemed as if the author perhaps thought he was being paid by the word. That could just be me, though, as I am not terribly patient.