I got hooked on audiobooks after a hospitalization and I've never gone back to print books.
I loved the writer's concept, but he seemed to run out of steam in the last quarter of the book. I was really caught up in the story but the ending was so sudden. It left me with some questions about previous sections of the story.
A good reader makes the story seem like a movie in your mind. Dylan Baker is an amazing reader. I love it when a reader is so good that you forget who he is and see only the characters.
I think "Sutton" was an apt name.
Definitely not Joanne Fluke and a big maybe to Suzanne Toren.. I can't decide if the narrator made the book bad or the book made the narrator bad, but the combination is a snooze.
Not necessarily the genre, but definitely this author.
Maybe - something by a different author.
Hard to tell because the plot moved so slowly there weren't many scenes in the half that I read.
I bought this as a daily special, and I got what I paid for.
No one today writes a better historical mystery than Anne Perry, and no narrator does more justice to the books than Davina Porter.
As I read more of the Monk books, I'm beginning to find Oliver Rathbone a most interesting character. He is everything that Monk is not and yet they work together harmoniously.
I love Davina Porter's narration every time I head it. She evokes Dickensian London so perfectly in the Monk books that you think you've just seen a movie,
Together again - Monk, Hester and Rathbone! Does Hester make her choice yet?
I will read anything Anne Perry wants to write,
I haven't read the print version.
I liked this the least of the several I have read, maybe because his writing style has become more predictable to me. This could have been a wonderful book had the usual war stories taken up less of the story. Sarah, Bozo and Mike were all great characters that I would have liked to follow. And Murray Templeton who is mentioned only in passing, deserved more words.
I always enjoy Humphrey Bower's performances and this was no exception.
I think I have to take a break from Bryce Courtenay for a while.
Character study + mystery --- but that really doesn't do justice to the book.
Inspector Monk, of course. And I can see that he and Hester Latterly are going to be a great pair of sleuths in subsequent books.
I love Davina Porter. I don't think anyone can touch her narration of books set in the UK. When I see her name listed, I know I'm going to have a great read.
I almost did read the book in one sitting, but couldn't keep my eyes open any longer.
I have never met an Anne Perry novel that I didn't like. I am in awe of her ability to portray a period in England as if she had lived it herself. She also has the ability to continue her series without losing the spark she created in the first. She is definitely an author who always guarantees a good book.
The relationship between Papa and Liesl was so wonderful right from the start.
When Rudy finally got his kiss.
No, I haven't listened to any books read by Allen Corduner. He is not the best narrator I've heard, but he certainly is within the top 10.
There were so many, but the ending was particularly poignant.
When I finished The Book Thief, I did something I never do: I started to read it all over again. The gentle and sometimes kind narration by Death is such a big factor in the wondrousness of the book. Liesl's story could not have been told as well by any other character. Yes, this is another World War II book, but in this one, the war is mostly a backdrop to the daily lives of the German poor and the Jewish among them.
I have not read the print version.
The character development was wonderful as usual in a Bryce Courtenay book. Sometimes when a story is told from the viewpoints of several characters, one of them might be less interesting than the others. This isn't the case with Courtenay's characters. All are fascinating people.
Anna. Humphrey Bower is such a skilled narrator that you are totally enveloped by the story and hear it told by each of its different characters.
I wouldn't rename it.
I knew thiis was the prequel to Fishing for Stars, so I chose to listen to it first. I'm glad I did because Fishing for Stars is a much lesser book and might not have led me to another book about the same people. The Persimmon Tree is Courtenay at his best.
I have not read any of the books in print.
There are no comparisons for a Bryce Courtenay book except perhaps other Courtenay books.
It would be easier to tell you what I didn't like: nothing! Bower should be required listening for all narrators.
If I hadn't required some sleep, it would have been a one-sitting book.
This was my third Bryce Courtenay book and it was as wonderful as the other two. Based on readers comments, I have not yet listened to the third part of this trilogy. Although I probably will at some future time, if I don't the first two books are still perfect. I can't recomment Courtenay enough.
I haven't read the print version, but I can't imagine not hearing Humphrey Bower's voice reading to me.
There seemed to be a memorable moment every few paragraphs, but I think the early story of Mary sticks with me the most.
When Ikey dressed up to visit the bank.
I tried my hardest, but I just had to go to bed.
I don't know how I got to be so old without having heard of Bryce Courtenay. I read recently a comment that most people learn history through novels. That is certainly the case with these novels of Australia and New Zealand. And if my history books had been read to me by Humphrey Bower, I'd have been an A+ student. Good readers make you forget they are there, and Mr. Bower goes one better by making you believe each character is speaking directly to you. The story of Sally is a good example. When she sings her song of the blue whale, I thought to myself, "Hey, she's got a pretty good voice," and then remembered that SHE was not there at all.
The story was spellbinding for the most part, but in the few places it lagged, the narration more than made up for it. Humphrey Bower is now at the top of my favorite narrators.
I loved the individual stories of the main characters and how they intertwined. Jimmy and Jacko were so wonderfully painted. The countess was a bit over the top, but not so much that i stopped listening.
I can't imagine just reading this book after having been entertained by Australian, Korean, Chinese, Russian and Americans, interspersed with some pretty good singing.
I loved Jimmy.
Add me to the list of reviewers who said "I wouldn't usually listen to this type of book", but are now hooked on Bryce Courtenay. I love long books and this more than filled that wish. Add to that a great story and amazing narration and what's not to like?
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