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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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    nancy SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 07-25-11
    nancy SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 07-25-11 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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    "Another wonderful read by Bryce"

    As usual, Bryce has written another interesting novel about a point in history that is fascinating and has allowed another set of characters to survive by their natural intelligence, and kindness to fellow man. I enjoyed learning the history of the Pacific campaign of WWII, also. I highly recommend this book.

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    Jennifer HUGO, MN, United States 07-07-11
    Jennifer HUGO, MN, United States 07-07-11 Listener Since 2005
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    "Love Bryce Courtenay - Need New Narrator or Plot"

    I read EVERYTHING by my beloved modern-day Dickens, Bryce Courtenay. I love this story. But, I hate to say, his characters are getting kind of predictable, and maybe, though I LOVE Humphrey Bower's narration, it's time to get a new narrator. The voice of all black people was quaint at first, but now I'm starting to find it offensive. And Bryce - dig into your cupboard and find a few new characters. Dig deeper - they are beginning to all be so typical - anybody who reads lots of Courtenay knows what I mean. Let's find a new one - totally different. K? That all being said - I will keep reading everything of his and this book really IS excellent for its own purposes! I do love an old-fashioned, well-wrapped-up ending, and appreciate that Courtenay always provides, as Dickens always did.

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    Celia Topanga, CA, United States 06-24-11
    Celia Topanga, CA, United States 06-24-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Rambling"

    A good novel is tightly woven; each detail has a purpose. This is not that kind of novel. This is a rambling history of the war in the pacific overlaid with a love story whose events seem both cliched and absurdly impossible. It's not a bad book, in fact it's absorbing at times, it's just way too long and annoyingly repetitive. If you are looking for a well written, tightly plotted novel with a satisfying conclusion, keep looking, this is not the book for you. If you don't mind strange tangents, characters without purpose, and an interesting view of the WW2 Pacific theater, it's OK.

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    Nanonymous 06-09-11
    Nanonymous 06-09-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Another enjoyable Courtenay-Bower experience!"

    I'm enjoying listening my way through Courtenay's books since I discovered The Potato Factory. I find them very satisfying listens with great characters, description and stories. The Persimmon Tree was no exception, but I wish I knew more about what happened in the end!

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    Jay Landis 05-21-11
    Jay Landis 05-21-11 Member Since 2015
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    "I wanted the story to last longer."

    I felt sad when the book ended. I wanted to know more. loved it!

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    Stephen 08-28-10
    Stephen 08-28-10
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    "Audible Ruined the Read"

    Nice book, but the experience was ruined since I had already listened to "Fishing for Stars". Shame on Audible for releasing this one after the sequel.

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    Mark Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 06-22-11
    Mark Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 06-22-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Faulty Main Character"

    The main character Nick was completely unlikeable near the end of the novel. I kept hoping he'd get his legs blown off in the war.

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    David Beaver SEATTLE, WA, US 08-05-15
    David Beaver SEATTLE, WA, US 08-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Slightly unbalanced story."

    Overall, I enjoyed the story, especially the first sections. It was slightly spoiled by the male protagonist's sexual exploits which had a bit of a breathless "written to appeal to the lads" overlay.

    Brilliant performance.

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    Caylene J. Vincent Ballarat, Australia 03-19-13
    Caylene J. Vincent Ballarat, Australia 03-19-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Master Story Teller"
    If you could sum up The Persimmon Tree in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling to the End


    What other book might you compare The Persimmon Tree to and why?

    You cant compare Bryce's work, why would you, he's a master story teller


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

    Humphrey Bower would have to be the best narrator I have ever listened to, his ability to style the difference voices throughout his performance, really does add value to this book


    If you could rename The Persimmon Tree, what would you call it?

    Madam Butterfly


    Any additional comments?

    I diid not know that it was the first book of 2. I actually read Finishing for the Stars first!

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    Linda Orinda, Ca, United States 02-13-13
    Linda Orinda, Ca, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The condensed version would be better! An interesting story, the narrator was terrific, but it got bogged down in so much detail that I did not care about.


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