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  • Fishing for Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (292)

    Nicholas Duncan is a semi-retired shipping magnate who resides in idyllic Beautiful Bay in Indonesia, where he is known as the old patriarch of the islands. He is grieving the loss of his beautiful Eurasian wife, Anna, and is suffering for the first time from disturbing flashbacks to WWII, the scene of their first meeting and early love. His other wartime lover is the striking Marg Hamilton, a powerful and influential political player in Australia who has remained close to Nick.

    Louise says: "Okay Bryce I Just Finished Fishing For Stars"
    "Preachy Soap Box"
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    Story
    What would have made Fishing for Stars better?

    A real story instead of instructions for the green movement and all the ills of the world


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bryce Courtenay again?

    I loved The Persimmon Tree. I will give it another try due to my first read


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    He is magical performer. I will seek out his performances in the future


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was the unsatisfactory conclusion of the Persimmon Tree. I was thoroughly educated with the green movements history in Australia, old growth timber, the need to care for frogs, statistics of rape, Yakuza's role in Japanese society, Women's right movement. Mistreatment of American Blacks, and indigenous populations in the south pacific, Australia and Japanese WWII POWs. The inherent horrors of big business with their plunders of the environment and rational for civil disobedience.
    Mr. Bower preformed it superbly though.


    Any additional comments?

    Nicholas Ducan was strong independent character in the Persimmon Tree. In Fishing for Stars he was an emasculated, "purse holding" character spending his time placating two women. With all the Soap Box preaching, it was hard to get through this one.

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  • Baby Love

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Catherine Anderson
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    With her infant son clutched to her breast, Maggie Stanley flees for her life. She has abandoned everything else to escape her abusive family. Ragged and hung-over, Rafe Kendricks is also on the run, trying to erase memories of the accident that killed his wife and child. Maggie and Rafe meet in a moment of mutual need, but soon the young woman will find that Rafe is not who he appears to be. Baby Love is a moving story of the heart and its capacity for love and trust.

    Julie says: "Generic and predictable..."
    "ok"
    Overall

    The story of Baby Love was very good but could have been great. I know I will never listen to it more than once. There narriators vocalization of the heroin was so weak. It reminded me of the "Kung Foo" 70s TV show. I could over look it once, not again.

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