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Jessica

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Publisher's Summary

Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob - but will justice prevail in the courts?

Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity. The rivalry of Jessica and her beautiful sister for the love of the same man will echo throughout their lives, until finally the truth must be told.

Set in the harsh Australian bush against the outbreak of World War I, this novel is heartbreaking in its innocence, and shattering in its brutality.

©1998 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2001 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    ARM Colorado Springs, CO, US 09-24-15
    ARM Colorado Springs, CO, US 09-24-15

    Alida in Colorado

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    "In the beginning I almost return the book"

    i have mixed feelings about this one after falling in love with "Tandia" and "The Power of One. "
    I did not like the beginning and don't even remember why or why i kept listening but soon i found I could not put it down. What a story teller! Bryce has such a way of weaving in the magic of the native traditions and the injustices by the bloody white supremacists. i am not proud of that part of my English heritage. The story is heart breaking from beginning to end but I'm so glad i didn't stop reading. Get the tissues out!

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    AndrewLen Victoria, Australia 08-27-15
    AndrewLen Victoria, Australia 08-27-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A great story by a great Author"
    Where does Jessica rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best of I've read from this author.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jessica?

    The true to life parts of the book. Though it was mostly fiction, I could relate it to real life in many ways. The story was told in a great way and was easy to follow. This one was hard to stop listening to. Highly recommended.


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

    Jessica.


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

    I'm not really sure to be honest.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended book for one and all. I think adults as well as teenagers would enjoy this story. If you like Bryce Courtney's writing, then this one should definitely be on the must read / listen list.

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    Joanna Ramseyer 07-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "What a storyteller!"

    I have discovered Bryce Courtenay and I am obsessed This is my third after a friend told me about "Power of one "
    I am most thoroughly entertained.
    In the process, I am also educated and my horizon expanded, but this occurs incidentally.
    Mostly, a wonderful story masterfully presented
    And most difficult to put down. Thank goodness for its length. I wanted it to go on and on

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    Cynthia FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 06-02-15
    Cynthia FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 06-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Bryce Courtney never disappoints"

    An amazing story with many twists and turns. You never can guess what will happen next.

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    sean foley 05-18-15
    sean foley 05-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Another homerun for Courtney"

    Another great effort by a talented author. I have now read at least half a dozen of Courtney's books and he never fails to craft and engrossing tale. Jessica is story at once courageous and heartbreaking. A great listen and Humphrey Bauer is flawless as always. Five stars

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    Riley Lyall 12-29-14
    Riley Lyall 12-29-14
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    "Amazing Listen"
    Where does Jessica rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jessica because she never gave up.


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

    When Joe took her to the hut to stay and she shot him in the back knowing it would not kill him, but showing him her anger, defiance and betrayal.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book and could not put it down. So many twists and turns, you never know whats is coming next. Jessica, you are my hero.

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    Robert L 10-05-14
    Robert L 10-05-14

    Robert L

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    "If you're a masochist...."

    The internationally famous professor of drama and theater, Michael Bantam, describes “tragedy” as a form of drama that depicts human suffering in which the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow but which also invokes an accompanying catharsis or purging of emotions resulting in some feeling of restoration. "Jessica" is full of human suffering with no accompanying restoration. Jessica, the main character, is a victim of lies, deceit, child abuse, lost love, hate, and even murder throughout 75% of the book. I kept hoping that all the evil-doers would eventually get their comeuppance in the last 25% of the book but, alas, the evil-doers prevailed and I was left angry, depressed and resentful that Jessica was never able to overcome the countless injustices and treacheries that abounded in her life – even to the end. To make it worse, the author introduces a storyline in the last 25% of the book about the plight of the Aborigines in the early 19th century, which in itself is a compelling and commendable topic, but absurdly extraneous to the main plot of the book, notwithstanding a few loose connections with the plight of Jessica and her son.

    If you’re comfortable with an art form that continually harps on the failings of human nature and leaves you gratified with the relentless pain and humiliation suffered by the main character, then this book is for you.

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    Fran Pearson 09-30-14
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    "Grim"
    What did you like best about Jessica? What did you like least?

    Too sad.


    Would you recommend Jessica to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, not upbeat like most of Courtenay's books.


    Do you think Jessica needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No more please. And Jessica is dead. Sniff.


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    Margaret Australia 03-09-14
    Margaret Australia 03-09-14
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    "Bryce Courtenay. Fantastic as always"
    What did you love best about Jessica?

    The easy to read and listen to story line. You really feel like you are living in Jessica's shoes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jessica by far but the legal advisor was good too.


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

    Excellent as usual. His voice was made to read Bryce's work.


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

    Most definately a film not to miss.


    Any additional comments?

    I read the book years ago. Listening to it again now was great. I picked up on little things I had previously skipped over.

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    Laura Pouzy-Mesangy, France 02-05-14
    Laura Pouzy-Mesangy, France 02-05-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent"
    What did you love best about Jessica?

    I loved the characters, the story and the reader


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jessica


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Pleasant voice, very easy to listen to


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

    Jessica, for the insight into her life and the conditions on the farm and in the mental institution that she was confined in for four years


    Any additional comments?

    Great story by a great stotyteller

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