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Whitethorn Audiobook
Whitethorn
Written by: 
Bryce Courtenay
Narrated by: 
Humphrey Bower
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Whitethorn Audiobook

Whitethorn

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of The Power of One comes a new novel about Africa. The time is 1939. White South Africa is a deeply divided nation with many of the Afrikaner people fanatically opposed to the English. The world is also on the brink of war, and South Africa elects to fight for the Allied cause against Germany. Six-year-old Tom Fitzsaxby finds himself in The Boys Farm, an orphanage in a remote town in the high mountains, where the Afrikaners side fiercely with Hitler's Germany. Tom's English name proves sufficient for him to be ostracised, marking him as an outsider. And so begin some of life's tougher lessons for the small, lonely boy. Like the whitethorn, one of Africa's most enduring plants, Tom learns how to survive in the harsh climate of racial hatred. Then a terrible event sends him on a journey to ensure that justice is done. On the way, his most unexpected discovery is love.

©2005 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2005 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd.

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    Nathan J Tilley 06-30-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Great"

    Another great book by Courtenay. Never seems to disappoint along with Humphrey Bower. Good show.

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    Suzanne M. 03-10-16
    Suzanne M. 03-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautifully written"

    Bryce Courtney continues to be a wonderful storyteller supported by great narration by Humphrey Bower

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    ARM Colorado Springs, CO, US 02-20-16
    ARM Colorado Springs, CO, US 02-20-16 Member Since 2016

    Alida in Colorado

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    "Struggled to finish"

    the first half of the book I loved. The second half drug on and on and he spent too much time focused on how his childhood had affected him. I love Courtenay's books but this one was a disappointment and it was too similar to his first one; "The Power of One"

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    Sheena 01-11-16
    Sheena 01-11-16 Member Since 2013
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    Worst South African Accent imitation I have heard in a while. Very off putting - quite spoiled the book for me.

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    Judy 09-04-15
    Judy 09-04-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Touching account of a boy's struggles"

    Enjoyed every word once I adjusted to the African names. Heard of hardships I hadn't imagined.

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    Allan Cornell 07-03-15
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    "Gripping"

    Another Courtney classic. A story of great will, determination, courage, love and friendship. 4 out of 5.

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    Monnie J Heisler 06-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Another spectacular read and performance!!!!"

    Characters are so well developed, relationships endearing and historical portrayals are very impacting on the heart and soul. Thanks so much, Bryce and Humphrey!!

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    Scott 04-24-15
    Scott 04-24-15
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    "Sister Novel To "The Power Of One""
    Any additional comments?

    I feel like this is the book that Courtenay would have like to have written when he completed The Power Of One. It's a more polished story from a more experienced author, but with a little less heart. It's a good read and I definitely recommend it, but you will see a lot of parallels to The Power Of One...too many for my taste.

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    Henry 04-10-15
    Henry 04-10-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Great writer and storyteller."

    Bryce Courtney is a great storyteller and entertaining writer. His books could be up there with some of the "Greats" but he gets down into the details of the social gutter too much at times to appeal to a wider audience. A little more discretion on the social/human dark side would allow me to recommend this to a lot more people.

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    Robyn Snellville, GA, United States 03-30-15
    Robyn Snellville, GA, United States 03-30-15 Member Since 2011

    Busy attorney and mom that likes to catch up on books while I commute.

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    "A little bit of a retread of the Power of One"

    Bryce Courtenay is a masterful storyteller, and there are great things within this novel, but it is a bit of a retread of the Power of One. Humphrey Bower's performance was very good, although he needs to work on his Irish accent. I'm not sure I would recommend this book over the power of one, but it is a good story of Justice.

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