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Eileen

United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 3 purchased in 2014
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  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1594)
    Performance
    (1157)
    Story
    (1145)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Epic story - maybe too epic"
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    Where does The Persimmon Tree rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm a new Audible member, so it is my favorite so far.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nick Duncan, the protagonist, was very well developed, and I liked lack of braggery.


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time listener of Humphrey Bower. Will look for him again. I think he did a great job on Persimmon Tree


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not especially, but there were many passages that piqued my interest to continue reading about the part of the world where all this took place.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't know ebony was the heart of the persimmon tree, did you?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (367)

    One night, Peter Lake - orphan, master-mechanic, and master second-story man - attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between the middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl who is dying. Because of a love that at first he cannot fully understand, Peter, a simple and uneducated man, will be driven "to stop time and bring back the dead".

    David says: "Great book and narrator - bad technical glitch"
    "Yuk"
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A believable story


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Helprin again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He didn't


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Winter's Tale?

    The whole return to the area where he was found as a youngster with the street urchins.


    Any additional comments?

    Hated it

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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