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The Persimmon Tree Audiobook

The Persimmon Tree

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Publisher's Summary

A sweeping saga from Bryce Courtenay, Australia's most popular author.

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'.

To assist in the escape, Anna's father gifts Nick his prized yacht, Vlermuis, to sail to Australia. Singapore has just fallen, the Japanese have made it to Sumatra, and the waters are dangerous. Vlermuis is not long out of Batavia when Nick is forced ashore for repairs. He witnesses the bloody execution of shipwrecked Allied soldiers by natives, and while burying what's left of the bodies, Nick notices one wounded soldier has escaped death, and he carries him back to his yacht.

The rescued soldier is a lower-class Irish Catholic American called Kevin Judge. He has no sailing experience, but he assists Nick in navigating through some dramatic storms and the two form an unlikely and lifelong friendship.

©2007 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2007 Bolinda Publishing

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    Bob 04-27-12
    Bob 04-27-12
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    "wonderful read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Persimmon Tree the most enjoyable?

    The speaker was so involved in the story and his voice showed emotion of the main charicter.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nick, he grewup before your eyes


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    Nick


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

    A view of the invasion of Indonesia we knew nothing about.


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    Ann B. Bass Miami, FL United States 04-18-12
    Ann B. Bass Miami, FL United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Superb story and peformance"

    I was already a Bryce Courtney and Humphrey Bower fan, but this book surpassed those I had "read" before. I highly reccomend it!

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    Linda K. Bailey Bremerton, WA 04-10-12
    Linda K. Bailey Bremerton, WA 04-10-12 Member Since 2010

    The family cook

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    "A great love story."
    Where does The Persimmon Tree rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved this book so much I am listening to it again! Bryce Courtney is the best story teller ever...never becoming too wordy, but not leaving out details that give you the complete story. You feel the emotion of each person presented in the book, then Humphrey Bower gives them life with his voice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anna was my favorite character because she is so smart for her young years and stands her ground for what she believes in. You can feel her compassion for other people and her hate for others. She is such a brave person during the time of the war.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    He is, by a long ways, the best narrator in the Audible Library. He brings the person to life with the variety of accents - he is a master! Very few narrators have the ability to get the emotion across to the listener like Humphrey Bower. He becomes the character.


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

    There were parts of the book that made me laugh and other parts that made me cry.
    That is the beauty of Bryce Courtney's books. You never want them to end...and thankfully we get to read more about Anna and Nicholas.


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    marcy Denver, CO, United States 04-03-12
    marcy Denver, CO, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing narration and a story that never quits!"
    Where does The Persimmon Tree rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This story is a perfect combination of history and rich, unique characters. Unlike any other story, I was enthralled with the story and loved the narrator. I felt like I knew these characters well especially with the excellent voices/accents that the narrator seamlessly executed. Didn't want it to end.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Persimmon Tree?

    The often desperate state that the character Anna found herself in and her ability to rise above her circumstances were a highlight for me.


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

    No


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

    Love, youthful innocence, war, tropical islands and sailing the high seas are among the topics I really enjoyed during this amazing saga.


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    James Sargent, TX, United States 04-02-12
    James Sargent, TX, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Well presentation of a great story


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Yes, even though my interest was already great because I lived in Southeast Asia for years many years ago.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Yes, with great accurate details


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    No complaint with the narrator.


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    suerhae Damascus, Oregon 97089-8354 03-18-12
    suerhae Damascus, Oregon 97089-8354 03-18-12 Member Since 2006

    I like to go shopping....but as I age the distance I can travel is growing shorter.

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    "Rich and Real"
    Would you listen to The Persimmon Tree again? Why?

    I really enjoy this author and this book as much or more than all of the books he had written. Yes, I will listen again and again to catch the details of this multi-tapistry creation.


    Any additional comments?

    The readers will miss something special if they don't read all of this authors books for the history, the culture and the personal relationships that all lead to a memorable moments with excellent endings.

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    K.D. Keenan Northern California 03-16-12
    K.D. Keenan Northern California 03-16-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Engaging, Horrifying, Satisfying"

    An absorbing tale about WWII in the South Pacific. The narrator, who has an Aussie accent, does a superb job. The story is complex and deals with the horrors faced by a young woman living under the Japanese in the Dutch East Indies, in parallel with the story of her admirer, a young man who escapes the invasion to reach Australia. A thoroughly satisfying read, including the ending.

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    reader54 03-11-12
    reader54 03-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "educational escapism"
    If you could sum up The Persimmon Tree in three words, what would they be?

    touching, informative, historical


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    hard to pick a favorite but the two leading roles are fascinating and life affirming


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    Probably Anna.


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

    Lead man. He is clever, resourceful, dedicated, well educated, experienced in hand to hand combat, a crack shot, and according to the book incredibly good looking!


    Any additional comments?

    When i saw the length of this book I was initially put off. However, the story and performance were so good I found myself being relieved to have a long train, plane or car ride so I could listen to it for a good stretch. Very engrossing and you really felt that the characters were three dimensional people. It was also exceptionally interesting to learn about this small part of the war in this particular part of the world. By the end of the book I felt I knew something I hadn't when I began, and isn't that why we read books really? not just for entertainment (and this was plenty entertaining!) but to learn new things.

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    Cookie Anacortes, WA, United States 02-22-12
    Cookie Anacortes, WA, United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Ugh, what a trial"

    Sorry, I do not understand all the great reviews. At the end of the first download, I am loathed to go on, I can't stand the sex scenes. I don't want to know anymore about "wee willy" or "jumping jack". Yuk, I am not a prude, but really? Can't we just get back to the story? Romance?

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    Wendy Queenstown, New Zealand 02-21-12
    Wendy Queenstown, New Zealand 02-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great way to learn of history"
    What did you like best about The Persimmon Tree? What did you like least?

    It was nicely narrated and interesting. The main male character was unreasonably mature, knowledgeable and too good to be true for his 18 years


    What was most disappointing about Bryce Courtenay’s story?

    see above


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

    Great narrator easy to listen to


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    possibly


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