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Above All Things
- By: Tanis Rideout
- Narrated by: Emily Gray
- Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
In 1924 George Mallory departs on his third expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Left behind in Cambridge, George's young wife, Ruth, along with the rest of a war-ravaged England, anticipates news they hope will reclaim some of the empire's faded glory. Through alternating narratives, what emerges is a beautifully rendered story of love torn apart by obsession and the need for redemption.
Two narrators would be better but remarkable story
- By Ben on 05-12-17
If you love Everest, this is a Must
Where does Above All Things rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Top 12 books
What did you like best about this story?
The historical detail was woven through the story so expertly and fundamentally that you could rely on the story's truth while being taken in by the smooth, exceedingly expert writing. Beautiful, sad story, but I could take the ending because George died doing what he loved best to do - almost what he was destined to do......to get to the top despite the almost impassable (no pun intended) obstacles in his way......
How could the performance have been better?
I was very disappointed with the performance in one great aspect (for the first time with an Audible book, I might add!), because the author's normally high and delicate voice, which was perfect for Ruth's voice (George's wife) failed miserably to capture George Mallory's manly tones. The performer dropped her voice to a semi-baritone which became a monotone drone with no affect for, I would suppose, George Mallory's vibrant character. It became difficult, as the engrossing story went on, and which I couldn't "put down," to hear George's "voice" come through as though he were already dead! No, no, no, I screamed to myself silently........
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, but again the performer's voice for George was hard to take.
Any additional comments?
I recommend the story, but beware the pitfall!
The Persimmon Tree
- By: Bryce Courtenay
- Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
- Length: 27 hrs and 56 mins
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'.
An excellent sequel
- By CBDC on 02-13-11
Captivating and thoroughly engrossing story
What did you love best about The Persimmon Tree?
The exotic adventure of it all: a multi-talented protagonist (a linguist, athlete, loving, understanding - too gorgeous for words), an oriental location, a deep love that is almost unattainable, and a fabulous story with war and danger and suffering!
What other book might you compare The Persimmon Tree to and why?
I find Courtney quite unique - such realism (both weakness and strength in the characters), nuanced feeling and exquisite story-telling. Power of One also had me at
Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?
Of course, the protagonist, what was his name?
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
There were so many, but of course, after so many years, the lovers finally find each other even though they've both been through incredible suffering and injury.
Any additional comments?
I would highly, and enthusiastically, recommend this book for a powerful escape from life.