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  • Sweet Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren, Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 159

Cassie Simon is a struggling artist living in New York City. When she receives a call from a magistrate telling her she has inherited 60 acres of land in Sweetwater, Tennessee, from her grandfather, whom she never knew, she takes it as a sign: it's time for a change. She moves to the small Southern town where her mother, Ellen, grew up - and where she died tragically when Cassie was three.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story ok. But.

  • By Rockysmom on 06-11-16

interesting twist

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-16-16

The story seemed to lay everything open early, but then it added twists to keep you tied in.

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  • The Persimmon Tree

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 27 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,481

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'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent sequel

  • By CBDC on 02-13-11

Wonderful Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-12

Would you consider the audio edition of The Persimmon Tree to be better than the print version?

Unfortunately, I did not read the print version. The audio version was a perfect way to occupy two weeks of my commute.

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

Courtenay's account of the experience on the beach was depicted with skill. He made his audience feel the experience.

Any additional comments?

I look forward to my next adventure with Courtenay.

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  • Agent Zigzag

  • A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal
  • By: Ben MacIntyre
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688

Eddie Chapman was a charming criminal, a con man, and a philanderer. He was also one of the most remarkable double agents Britain has ever produced. Inside the traitor was a man of loyalty; inside the villain was a hero. The problem for Chapman, his spymasters, and his lovers was to know where one persona ended and the other began.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intrigue and True

  • By Scott on 01-19-08

A Good Read For History Buffs

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This novel reads in list form, much like a diary. I was hoping for a smoother story line.

What could Ben MacIntyre have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

There was little dialogue in the novel. This separates the reader from the story.

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

No.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful