Sadly, I purchased this book whilst on holiday, hoping for the regular brillance and story telling of Bryce Courtenay, but I was sadly disappointed.
I'm no writer so I can't say. Too many long stretches of boredom!
Paris, A Novel
Humphrey Bower is the only reason this book gets a three star rating. He is consistently excellent and I will try a book he reads even if I am not familiar with the author.
No, Unlike other Courtnay books, except Fishing for Stars, I went through several chapters at time and a half speed or skipping whole chapters. I have about two hours to complete and am hoping for some saving grace.
Is unique really
Have read the book so it accurately represents the story and how I imagined it would read.
Mercy B Lord
No - just that I purchased the audio version by mistake and I think there needs to be a check for busy people so they know they don't have the reader version.
This was the first Bryce Courtenay book I have listened to, but it won't be the last.Courtenay really knows how to tell a story. Humphrey Bower's narration makes the book. Also as a personal preference I really like a longer book, more time to get to know the characters and feel lost in another world.
I enjoy reading a wide variety of books, from epics to mysteries, some fantasy, and even better written chick lit. NO bodice rippers please!
I love learning about the Chinese culture of the time and how entertaining Bryce and his team of researchers make the story. I don't often listen or read books twice but this will stay in my library...who knows maybe I will.
"Chairmen Mao", she reminds me of so many matriarchs I have met
Very high- top 5
Revealing Mercy from behind the screen at the presentation for the painting and the links made by Chairman Mao to the original dream.
Chairman Mao to get business tips!
Yes, great twists and turns and all unexpected.
He reads with a seemingly personal emotion and involvement in the lives of the characters. I have enjoyed all his other narrations as well.
Say something about yourself!
Once again Bryce Courtenay does it. A well researched, attention grabbing book expertly read by Humphrey Bower. Mr Bower turns a 4star book into 5 star listening.
a repeat of the story where one character (male or female) with lots of money , gets together with another character (opposite sex to the first) with no money but very intelligent, mixed with a romance where the male character stands for a lot of bad treatment from the female
humprey bower's performance saves the book even if it is a repeat
if you have the persimon tree don't buy this, the persimon tree is better maybe because I heard it first