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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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    Jason M. Carter 01-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Another Great Courtenay Story"

    One of the toughest beginnings to get through. It is an essential part of the story though; push through it. As always the details, characters, and story line are first rate; the reading beyond comparison. Courtenay is a champion of human rights. He is a master story teller of history. The importance of his work is tremendous. I cannot recommend this and his other stories more highly!

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    Amazon Customer 01-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Whitethorn"

    Whitethorn is another brilliant Bryce Courtney novel. I had a difficult time pausing the book when activities of daily living got in the way. The attention to detail was ever present throughout the story. It aroused many emotions and I found myself crying through several sections of the book. I must also praise the narrator, Humphrey Bower. He brought the book to life. I can't imagine it would have been the case if I had read the book instead of listening to the audio version. Bravo!

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    Susan Winnipeg, MB, Canada 11-22-16
    Susan Winnipeg, MB, Canada 11-22-16 Member Since 2011

    Love books of all kind, especially well developed characters.

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    "Bryce's books don't disappoin"

    I will truly miss this author with his rich imagination and is love for the common good in all people. He has always written for the down trodden. He was opened up doors to understanding war and those that fought in the war and the prisoners of war. I sincerely hope his books will be read for many years going forward.
    Bryce had a great gift for language and this book as per his others are always rich. I loved this child. And I would have loved a book sequel to know continuation of his life. Alas this is not to be. So I do highly recommend that others enjoy this novel as much as I have. Thank you Bryce and also Humphrey Bower, for you beautiful narration.

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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

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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 2016
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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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