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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-21-13

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 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!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-12

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.

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