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Linda

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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
    (1702)
    Performance
    (1258)
    Story
    (1248)

    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"
    "A great love story."
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    Where does The Persimmon Tree rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved this book so much I am listening to it again! Bryce Courtney is the best story teller ever...never becoming too wordy, but not leaving out details that give you the complete story. You feel the emotion of each person presented in the book, then Humphrey Bower gives them life with his voice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anna was my favorite character because she is so smart for her young years and stands her ground for what she believes in. You can feel her compassion for other people and her hate for others. She is such a brave person during the time of the war.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    He is, by a long ways, the best narrator in the Audible Library. He brings the person to life with the variety of accents - he is a master! Very few narrators have the ability to get the emotion across to the listener like Humphrey Bower. He becomes the character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were parts of the book that made me laugh and other parts that made me cry.
    That is the beauty of Bryce Courtney's books. You never want them to end...and thankfully we get to read more about Anna and Nicholas.


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