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Sylvia Audiobook

Sylvia

From master storyteller Bryce Courtenay comes a colorful, lusty story set in the 13th century, an epic tale of a Europe torn by religious intolerance. The story centers around Sylvia Honeyeater, who sings like an angel and can literally charm the birds from the trees. The narrative also features the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Francis of Assisi, the Muslim Sultan and his harem, and the fervor that becomes the Children's Crusade and then, later, the Crusades.
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From master storyteller Bryce Courtenay comes a colorful, lusty story set in the 13th century, an epic tale of a Europe torn by religious intolerance. The story centers around Sylvia Honeyeater, who sings like an angel and can literally charm the birds from the trees. The narrative also features the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Francis of Assisi, the Muslim Sultan and his harem, and the fervor that becomes the Children's Crusade and then, later, the Crusades.

©2006 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2006 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    Vicki Delfos 11-05-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "A really good read."
    What did you love best about Sylvia?

    The fact that Sylvia kept questioning herself regarding her performance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Pied Piper of Hamlin. He was Sylvia's constant support who did not judge what she did.


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

    No


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    Barb 10-14-12
    Barb 10-14-12
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    "Ears hurt"
    What made the experience of listening to Sylvia the most enjoyable?

    The story itself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sylvia Honeyeater-she overcame so much.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Edwina Wren?

    Someone with a soft clear voice and NO ACCENT!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I actually stopped on chapter 9 and downloaded Bryce Courteney's "Fishing for the Stars". I read "The Persimmon Tree" before this book, and felt the need to get back to Nicholas.


    Any additional comments?

    for Bryce this was a departure and I can’t blame him for trying something new—the narrator was not the best—she kept trying to add a German accent to the script's characters, it led to a high pitched tone and it didn’t work. It actually hurt my ears when I used my headphones.

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    olaf Maui, HI, United States 07-30-12
    olaf Maui, HI, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Very good, yet not Courtenay's best"

    Having read almost all of Bryce Courtenay's book, I have always been moved by how easily he blends attention to historical detail with a seemingly natural ability to tell a fascinating story. In this Sylvia is no different from any of his other novels and Edwina Wren does a great job, even though Humphry Bower is impossible to top. The story is well told, the charachters are brought to life in typical Courtnay fashion, yet somehow in its entirety the story lacks the luster of his Australia novels. Still, Sylvia is a great book, educational as well as entertaining.

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