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Norma

CHARLOTTE, NC, United States | Member Since 2010

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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
    (1675)
    Performance
    (1231)
    Story
    (1221)

    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"
    "Love against all odds"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    great read of love during war of not only countries but cultures, minorities, and genders. Readers ability to change accents, languages made listening very enjoyable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Shilpi Somaya Gowda
    • Narrated By Soneela Nankani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (238)

    Debut novelist Shilpi Somaya Gowda pens this compelling tale about two families, worlds apart, linked by one Indian child. After giving birth to a girl for a second time, impoverished Kavita must give her up to an orphanage. The baby, named Asha, is adopted by an American doctor and raised in California. But once grown, Asha decides to return to India.

    Stephanie says: "A Must Read"
    "Heartwrenching tale of the poorest"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Secret Daughter in three words, what would they be?

    heartbreaking, determination, full circle.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    leaving her daughter at the orphanage


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

    Sad that she never knew her daughter's fate


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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