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Joyce

PALM HARBOR, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3004)
    Performance
    (2069)
    Story
    (2067)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Best series I have read in a long long time."
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    The story is captivating, Bryce is the king words. For the first time in a long time I did not feel I was reading at a 6th grade level. He envelopes you in his world, binds you to his people, makes you fall in love with his world. I could not stop reading or wait for the next book in the series. When you are sad to have read the last page you know the writer has done his work with the hand and mind of a work artist. Humphrey Bower is the best reader I have ever heard. He brings to life the authors intended character personality. I laughed and cried and felt the emotions of love and loss along with the anger of injustice. Well done sir.

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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
    (1510)
    Performance
    (1079)
    Story
    (1068)

    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"
    "Never fails to meet my expectations"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tommo and Hawk: The Australian Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1714)
    Performance
    (1109)
    Story
    (1111)

    Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of 15 in Hobart Town. Together, they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood. From whale hunting in the Pacific to the Maori wars of New Zealand, from the Rocks in Sydney to the miners' riots at the goldfields, Tommo and Hawk must learn each other's strengths and weaknesses in order to survive.

    Angie says: "Brillant Narration"
    "Best series I have read in a long long time."
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    This was the best of the series. All though I loved the whole lot Tommo and Hawk were incredible. Of coarse without Whale Boat they would not be possible. She was such an amazing character in the Potato Factory that I kept her with me through Tommo and Hawk.
    I was sorry to have to read the end of this powerful trilogy. Some times you read a book and a week later the story is gone from your mind and some are indelible and leave the ghost to stay with you for all times. This was one of those books you never forget and always want to read again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1879)
    Performance
    (1581)
    Story
    (1577)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    Judi says: "Disappointing and slow"
    "Enjoy Nelson DeMille always. John Cory crazy"
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    Love the story intense and witty at the same time. John is a love to hate crazy.
    Sad but true as the story line is in keeping with our past and current Islamic terrorist faction situation.
    Never ending strife. Hope for peace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Trick of the Light: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (874)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (740)

    “Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are dead.” But now Lillian herself is dead. Found among the bleeding hearts and lilacs of Clara Morrow's garden in Three Pines, shattering the celebrations of Clara's solo show at the famed Musée in Montreal.

    barbara says: "Amazing"
    "I loved this whole series."
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    Fell in love with the series. All of the books kept up with my expectations. Louise is consistantly enertaining. Bury your dead was the least of my favorites. But the rest of the series became adictive. I read them all in four weeks. Sorry to see the end. Hope for more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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