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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
    (1714)
    Performance
    (1266)
    Story
    (1256)

    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"
    "Really dumb characters, really good narration"
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    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Persimmon Tree?

    The lead character was so dumb and so naive that he just got me too angry to listen beyond the first few hours. Chasing butterflies and saying prayers over the dead when he should have been high-tailing it from the Japanese.


    What was most disappointing about Bryce Courtenay???s story?

    The lead character.


    What about Humphrey Bower???s performance did you like?

    Excellent!


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Only the narration saved it, slightly.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4404)
    Performance
    (3203)
    Story
    (3204)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Very Long NPR Special Report"
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    Performance
    Story

    First, good narration. But after that, this just droned on and on like a very long NPR special, the kind where a reporter is clearly enthralled with a boring town somewhere real people seldom want to visit, and you hear all the sounds of the place in the background drowning out the voice of the reporter. Too many sidebars that lost track of the story itself.. I gave up half an hour into part 2.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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