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Fishing for Stars Audiobook

Fishing for Stars

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Simultaneous release of the sequel to the best-selling The Persimmon Tree.

Nicholas Duncan is a semi-retired shipping magnate who resides in idyllic Beautiful Bay in Indonesia, where he is known as the old patriarch of the islands. He is grieving the loss of his beautiful Eurasian wife, Anna, and is suffering for the first time from disturbing flashbacks to WWII, the scene of their first meeting and early love. His other wartime lover is the striking Marg Hamilton, a powerful and influential political player in Australia who has remained close to Nick. Marg suspects Nick is suffering the onset of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and organises for a specialist to meet with him in Sydney. But when they meet, Tony Freedman stirs long-buried emotions in Nick and the two men don't hit it off.

Nick leaves in an explosion of anger and finds himself in hospital after being hit by a car. Tony visits and encourages Nick to write as a form of therapy - to write about Anna. So he sets about writing about the woman who has inspired him since his late teens, and in doing so draws us into the compelling tale of the life he has lived post war-hero days building a shipping empire, navigating international corruption, supporting his wife's third-world education crusade and loving the women who inspire him. Set in the exotic locale of the spice islands during the excitement of post-war prosperity and possibility, and driven by strong, colourful characters, this book is truly epic in scope. Is it possible for a man to love two women?

©2008 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing

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    Chantelle Georgetown, ON, Canada 10-30-11
    Chantelle Georgetown, ON, Canada 10-30-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Ehh..."

    I love Bryce Courtenay and have listened to most of his books, loved the first book but this sequel seemed a bit like a history class, too preachy. I found myself drifting off in some parts when the detailed history became too long. Still one of my favorite writers though.

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    Elizabeth L. Vitale USA New England 12-22-10
    Elizabeth L. Vitale USA New England 12-22-10 Member Since 2006

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    "Amazing Storytelling!!"

    A continuation of the story of the characters in The Persimmon Tree, this book demonstrates Courtenay's usual masterful weaving of history, politics, romance, love, & all the complexities of human relationships, in wonderful storytelling. Humphrey Bower is an outstanding reader & brings the characters alive.

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    Stephen Scoville 08-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant"

    another iridescent, engaging, complex, and simply wonderful experience with Courtenay and Bower. Thematically and morally challenging work that is masterfully articulated by one of the finest authors of our day... or any day and dispensation, really

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    Ernestine 02-22-16
    Ernestine 02-22-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Good read"

    The Persimmon Tree was awesome. Fishing for Stars as sequel not as much. Although a great story & perfection in reading, there was too much information regarding the environmental & political minutiae. Sadly this left me bored & thinking about fast forwarding which I would never have done in the other Courtenay books I have listened to.

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    Jimm 10-06-15
    Jimm 10-06-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Not one of Courtney's Best"
    What did you like best about Fishing for Stars? What did you like least?

    As always, Humphrey Bower's does a masterful job of bringing the story to life, but unlike other Courtenay books this one never really grabbed and held me. It felt like Courtenay wasn't sure where he was going with this one. At several points I was tempted to abandon the book but trudged on to a so-so ending. Glad this wasn't the first Courtenay book I listened to as I would likely have passed on his other very excellent books.


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    BarnRat 05-20-15
    BarnRat 05-20-15 Member Since 2013

    50ish retired public radio news broadcaster, female, rancher. I love good writing from historical fiction and interesting, off beat mysteries to history of religions and interesting biography coupled with excellent voicing. I have no use for poorly delivered reading. I'll suffer though so-so writing if the content is engaging, but if the narrator is bad, I'll buy the book and read it myself.

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    "Not Courtney ' s best"

    While it was great to catch up with Nick, Anna and Marg, this story went on an and on and on about politics, history and environmental issues. Toward the end I skipped large amounts just to get back to the story.

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    Anya C. 03-13-15
    Anya C. 03-13-15
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    "Loved everything except Marg"

    I was thrilled to realize The Persimmon Tree had a sequel, and settled in to listen. To keep my review brief (and avoid spoilers), I loved every part of the story that involved Anna and disliked nearly every part of the story that involved Marg. Even allowing for that personal opinion, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it.

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    Gwen Lake Oswego, OR, United States 09-03-14
    Gwen Lake Oswego, OR, United States 09-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A Sequel for Fans Only"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would condense the content, a lot of the story from The Persimmon Tree is repeated and re-repeated far too many times in this book. There are a lot of cliches and editorial misses that should have been excluded and detract from the telling of this sequel.


    What could Bryce Courtenay have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    restricted the amount of cliches about women and expanded more on the final outcome of his writing his story and Marg Hamilton.


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    he redeems some of the self depreciating humor and allows you to overlook the authors at times tedious repetitions and cliches.


    Could you see Fishing for Stars being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    yes but only if it were together with the first book, The Persimmon Tree. No idea on actors!


    Any additional comments?

    Read the Persimmon Tree first or you'll be disappointed and irritated. I read this sequel and can understand why other readers were disappointed and given poor reviews. This is not his best book, but I did enjoy most of it as part of the previous story. It took me a while to get into the first book, so I read The Four Fires which was more fun and more akin to The Power of One. I felt I had to got into the style of this author and so decided to go back to the Persimmon Tree but had to make an effort to tolerate some cliches and repetitions of storyline especially for Fishing for Stars.I still enjoyed it overall. There is some good storytelling and information in there, once you get used to the writing style but not everyone's cup of tea! One for fans I think and not the best Bryce Courtney book to start with.

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    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 02-01-14
    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2011

    Westport, CT

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    "Entertaining Read"

    Although not at the same level as the first one in the Duncan series you will not be disappointed with this installment if you enjoyed the Persimmon Tree. Like all Courtney novels he seems to project himself in all his hero's and may fancy himself being desired by two gorgeous women as Nick Duncan is. The novel expounded in semi detail on Tasmania’s Green movement which was a little boring, seemed like it was forcible integrated into the story, likely it really requires a separate novel to address and certainly a novel which I would not download.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 01-24-14
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 01-24-14 Member Since 2015

    I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.

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    "Who cares about these people?"

    A beautiful heroin addict, a bored housewife looking for a cause and a misogynistic ex-pat with PTSD. Do you want to know their story? I thought I did but I quickly became totally bored with the three of them.

    Story: The beautiful and successful heroin addict, what a joke. Heroin addicts have to buy cut heroin and the ravages upon their physical being are obvious. This was my first annoyance. Then this ex-pat who has sex with multiple women and then "lets them go". You're kidding right? Women are so disposable and willing to involve themselves in such relationships so easily?? Don't even get me started with the bored housewife and her Kegal exercises!! Ugh!

    Narrator: Oh Mr. Bower! I bet you wish you had never read this trite rubbish! Still a great job! Thankyou for being the only saving grace.

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