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There is no such thing as a "bad" Bryce Courtenay when combined with Humphrey Bower as the reader. This one was released simultaneously with The Persimmon Tree and is a sequel to it. I strongly suspect that the first was a better book with more plot to it. It would also have been a better read if one had all the characters and events in the context of the original. Hopefully, Audible will still get it and I don't think having listened to the sequel will much damage the reading of the first book.
If you have stumbled across this review and have not listened to other Courtenay/Bower combinations, this is NOT the one to start with. Try the Power of One and the sequel of Tandia or the three part history of Australia that begins with The Potato Factory. Courtenay is a great story teller and Bower is an even better reader.
40 of 42 people found this review helpful
and the least interesting. I admit, it could be that I've simply heard too much of the same but I really liked the first book of this story, The Persimmon Tree. In Fishing, I was hopeful given the underlying green messages but it just didn't do it. Better are Tommy's more subtle observations (in Four Fires) of the hurt being done to the Australian ecosystem. Also, as it began, I was struck that Humphrey Bower, whose voice I have come to know and love, was not quite up to par.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
I'm totally addicted to the words of Bryce Courtenay. Once you have listened to one book you just have to hear them all.
I loved the characters in this 'so much more than a love story' and felt comletely drawn into their lives.
However, it does follow on from 'The Persimmon Tree', which I read afterwards, but did not find on audible.
This was wonderfully read by Humphrey Bower, who finds the perfect voice for each character. A must to listen to.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
A different storyline with characters resembling their Persimmon Tree personae.
Would you ever listen to anything by Bryce Courtenay again?
I am heading towards owning ALL of Bryce Courtenay books provided they are read by Humphrey Bower. For all round entertainment, including a bit of education, they are excellent.
Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I first heard Humphrey Bower narrating Shantaram and from that moment I have hunted out his performances. He could read 'small print' and make it riveting
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Not for me, but everyone has their own opinion.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
As a follow-on from their persimmon tree it lacked depth of storyline
Whilst there was some interesting information areas of Japanese culture rambled on a lot of dates without enough action to keep me fully engaged
I just love a good sequel! Another masterful collaboration from a fantastic author/narrator combo. Next one downloading now.