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Jessica Audiobook

Jessica

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Jeannine Baysinger 12-29-14
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    Where does Jessica rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jessica because she never gave up.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Joe took her to the hut to stay and she shot him in the back knowing it would not kill him, but showing him her anger, defiance and betrayal.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book and could not put it down. So many twists and turns, you never know whats is coming next. Jessica, you are my hero.

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    Robert L 10-05-14
    Robert L 10-05-14

    Robert L

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    "If you're a masochist...."

    The internationally famous professor of drama and theater, Michael Bantam, describes “tragedy” as a form of drama that depicts human suffering in which the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow but which also invokes an accompanying catharsis or purging of emotions resulting in some feeling of restoration. "Jessica" is full of human suffering with no accompanying restoration. Jessica, the main character, is a victim of lies, deceit, child abuse, lost love, hate, and even murder throughout 75% of the book. I kept hoping that all the evil-doers would eventually get their comeuppance in the last 25% of the book but, alas, the evil-doers prevailed and I was left angry, depressed and resentful that Jessica was never able to overcome the countless injustices and treacheries that abounded in her life – even to the end. To make it worse, the author introduces a storyline in the last 25% of the book about the plight of the Aborigines in the early 19th century, which in itself is a compelling and commendable topic, but absurdly extraneous to the main plot of the book, notwithstanding a few loose connections with the plight of Jessica and her son.

    If you’re comfortable with an art form that continually harps on the failings of human nature and leaves you gratified with the relentless pain and humiliation suffered by the main character, then this book is for you.

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    Fran Pearson 09-30-14
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    "Grim"
    What did you like best about Jessica? What did you like least?

    Too sad.


    Would you recommend Jessica to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, not upbeat like most of Courtenay's books.


    Do you think Jessica needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No more please. And Jessica is dead. Sniff.


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    Margaret Australia 03-09-14
    Margaret Australia 03-09-14
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    "Bryce Courtenay. Fantastic as always"
    What did you love best about Jessica?

    The easy to read and listen to story line. You really feel like you are living in Jessica's shoes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jessica by far but the legal advisor was good too.


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Excellent as usual. His voice was made to read Bryce's work.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Most definately a film not to miss.


    Any additional comments?

    I read the book years ago. Listening to it again now was great. I picked up on little things I had previously skipped over.

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    Laura Pouzy-Mesangy, France 02-05-14
    Laura Pouzy-Mesangy, France 02-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent"
    What did you love best about Jessica?

    I loved the characters, the story and the reader


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jessica


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Pleasant voice, very easy to listen to


    If you could take any character from Jessica out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jessica, for the insight into her life and the conditions on the farm and in the mental institution that she was confined in for four years


    Any additional comments?

    Great story by a great stotyteller

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    Belinda Melrose, FL, United States 12-31-13
    Belinda Melrose, FL, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2016
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    "I couldn't get into this one..."

    After just finishing listening to Brother Fish, LOVING it, and also loving The Persimmon Tree and Tandia, I couldn't get into this book past the first 15 minutes. It'll take a lot of 5 star reviews for me to even consider giving this one another chance, I am very sorry to say...

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    Anna COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 12-03-13
    Anna COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2012

    I listen to books as I work. It's a beautiful life.

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    "One of Courtenay's best!"

    I really enjoyed this book! Bryce Courtenay does such an amazing job at character development and he came through once again with this book. I felt like I knew the characters, sympathized with some and hated others. I found myself thinking about the book when I wasn't currently listening - wondering about the plot and characters. Then I found myself feeling disappointed because I was nearing the end and the story would end. It's been awhile since I've enjoyed a book that much. I would say that this is my favorite Courtenay book, and I've listened to the following books: The Power of One, Tandia, Tommo & Hawk, The Potato Factory, & Four Fires. Go ahead and listen!

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    Brodie Mornington, Australia 08-24-13
    Brodie Mornington, Australia 08-24-13 Member Since 2009

    An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.

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    "Great Aussie Tale"

    A little simplistic but in true Courtenay fashion a great little tale that will entertain

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    Melinda Citron Agoura Hills, CA, United States 08-19-13
    Melinda Citron Agoura Hills, CA, United States 08-19-13
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    "Loved it"
    What made the experience of listening to Jessica the most enjoyable?

    The narrator his Australian accent and impressive way he brought the characters to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tragic but beautiful.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Everything! He is my favorite narrator to date!


    If you could take any character from Jessica out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jessica, she is brave, strong, and her girl power speaks to me!


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    Kandy 08-09-13
    Kandy 08-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "One of the BEST"
    What made the experience of listening to Jessica the most enjoyable?

    The storyline kept pulling me in so that I wanted to keep going, but didn't want it to end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jessica, as she continually evolved as the story unwound.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Jessica arrived in town w/Billy Simple


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