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Jana Brooks

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  • 20 purchased in 2014
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  • Tommo and Hawk: The Australian Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1872)
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    (1248)
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    (1249)

    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"
    "Loved the story, hated the ending"
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    I loved this story and the characters, but I really hated the ending. I will go on to the sequel, Solomon's Song however and hope and pray that it ends better than Tommo and Hawk.

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  • Peony in Love: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (111)

    For young Peony, betrothed to a suitor she has never met, lyrics from The Peony Pavilion mirror her own longings. In the garden of the Chen Family Villa, amid the scent of ginger, green tea, and jasmine, a small theatrical troupe is performing scenes from this epic opera, a live spectacle few females have ever seen. Like the heroine in the drama, Peony is the cloistered daughter of a wealthy family, trapped like a good-luck cricket in a bamboo-and-lacquer cage.

    L. Swartz says: "Unusual and excellent book"
    "Beauty in writing..."
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    I am consistently and continually moved by Lisa See's writing. She expresses the passion and sadness in a girl, woman's heart. In this story she illustrates the separation between our romantic yearnings and the truth about love and the divergent worlds of men and women. She is truly more than a novelist, but is a poet who has miraculously channeled the hearts and spirits of many through her writing. Anyone who does not understand what she is trying to say here, should dig deeper. This is not merely for our entertainment...Ms. See is telling us truths we all need to know.

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