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Jessica | [Bryce Courtenay]

Jessica

Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob: but will justice prevail in the courts? Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity.
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Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob - but will justice prevail in the courts?

Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity. The rivalry of Jessica and her beautiful sister for the love of the same man will echo throughout their lives, until finally the truth must be told.

Set in the harsh Australian bush against the outbreak of World War I, this novel is heartbreaking in its innocence, and shattering in its brutality.

©1998 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2001 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    CynNC Sandhills NC USA 08-13-08
    CynNC Sandhills NC USA 08-13-08 Member Since 2007

    "Pug Lover"

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    "Moving"

    I discovered Bryce Courtenay because of the length of his books and after 6 of them have yet to listen to one that was not awesome. The narrator Humphery Bower has the greatest voice for story telling, a different voice for every character and he can sing too. This story truly moved me, if you are overly emotional (which I usually am not) you might want to keep some tissues handy ... I made sure to call my mom after finishing to tell her how very much I appreciate her & the love she has always shown ALL of her children. "Jessica" is one of those stories that will stay with you for a lifetime

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kerri JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 03-31-09
    Kerri JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 03-31-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    This was an enjoyable read to me. The narrator did a great job of switching back and forth between characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Derek Union, KY, United States 02-18-09
    Derek Union, KY, United States 02-18-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Strange Read"

    This book delved deeply into some areas that were just not engaging while leaving other more interesting aspects of the story virtually untouched. It left me rather dissatisfied with the entire book and wondering if I want to chance another Courtney book. However, the narrator is the absolute BEST and I've listened to more than 100 audiobooks.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    nancy SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 01-10-09
    nancy SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 01-10-09 Member Since 2009

    I enjoy reading a wide variety of books, from epics to mysteries, some fantasy, and even better written chick lit. NO bodice rippers please!

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    "they rise again"

    In keeping with Courtnay's usual style of a downtrodden person who triumphs in the end, this was good but not as good as Brother Fish and Power of One. It was nice to have a female main character for once but I do think he writes better from a male perspective.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa chicago, IL, USA 12-07-08
    Lisa chicago, IL, USA 12-07-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Another Courtenay Masterpiece."

    Everyone should listen to at least one Bruce Courtenay novel with the wonderful narrator he uses for all of his books. After one you will be hooked and have to listen to all of his books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Walker Texas in the winter, NY in the summer 01-24-08
    Kathryn Walker Texas in the winter, NY in the summer 01-24-08 Member Since 2011

    katiedid

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    "Another winner"

    Character development in Jessica is superb. Courtenay's story telling keeps you involved until the last word. Humphrey Bower is a narrator without equal. Each character speaks in a recognizable voice. It doesn't get any better than Courtenay and Bower together. I've listened to all of Courenay's books -- love them all!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca brentwood, CA, United States 06-24-09
    Rebecca brentwood, CA, United States 06-24-09 Member Since 2014

    Daily Dog Walker and LONG Silicon Valley commutes, so I gulp through and love lotsa books, especially literary fiction and Mystery.

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    "Sigh. Doesn't live up to Courtenay Standards"

    I've become a huge fan of Bryce Courtenay, have read three of his other books and didn't think he had it in him to bomb, but he did with this one. First book that I've listened to in a long time where I skipped whole passages-- 30 minutes at a time and didn't miss a thing. I feel like this book is a rubber band that he stretched and stretched till he could no more, agonizing detail, ends up being so tediously wrought that my sympathy for all the characters simply evaporated. Once again he does a good job of integrating social issues, literacy in the text but not as subtly as in his other books. Not sure what he was up to with this one but I kind of feel like someone told it that it must be x number of pages and rather than simply doing his usual great job of telling a story, he kept looking at the page numbers and saying-- oops gotta make fifteen pages out of the description of this dog's death...

    I'm not going to stop reading Courtenay, his other books are too good but I'm going to read other reviewers' words more carefully from here on out! No real redeeming qualities to this Courtenay work.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 10-07-07
    Anne 10-07-07

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Engaging story"

    Bryce Courtenay's novels are the benchmark of a great listen. Coupled with Humphrey Bower's narration - his stories are hard to beat!
    I love how all his stories seem to intertwine with his other books!
    Entertaining! Wonderful characters! Absorbing!
    You won't be disappointed!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    w.a.m. 1964 HZ Heemskerk, Netherlands 05-20-08
    w.a.m. 1964 HZ Heemskerk, Netherlands 05-20-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Emotional"

    A great story although a very very sad middle section. This book can be devided into 3 sections. The beginning, just to get to know all who are involved. A very moving middle part, very sad. Then the conclusive and last part, not one a book should end, but this seems to be a thrue story and you can't alter a true story. However beware of that.
    GREAT narrator, BIG compliments there.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 05-01-13
    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 05-01-13 Member Since 2011

    Westport, CT

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    "Cinderella on Steroids"

    Although based on a historical figure Bryce did bring out the worst aspects of all of the characters in the novel. Jessica had made a promise to herself not to divulge her pregnancy to anyone which was a promise which did not seem to serve anyone's interest including her own, except perhaps the plot of the novel. Well I am about 2/3 the way thru, I do enjoy Bryce's novels, read most of them. Bryces world view and upbringing do seem to influence his characters, if you read his own bio, he has had an incredible adult life however his own personal family life appears to have been troubled ie his mother was his fathers mistress and he himself divorced his wife after many years of marriage.

    All of Bryces novels are well researched and historically informative and well worth reading,
    this one was rather more negative the his others but still a great read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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