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Where does The Orchid Tree rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Near the top
What other book might you compare The Orchid Tree to, and why?
Most of the other books I have listened to have been Murders/Thrillers etc so cannot compare.
Have you listened to any of Gill Hoodless’s other performances? How does this one compare?
No, not yet
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
This is a beautifully written love story set against the second world war in Hong Kong and after. It is not a straight forward love story and follows two couples from very different backgrounds who have to overcome many obstacles such as, the war, their differing backgrounds and family objections. It is a love story that triumphs over tragedy and racial bigotry.Kate Worsley was 15 years old when war came to Hong Kong. Interned with her parents in a Japanese prisoner of war camp Kate meets Charles a half Chinese boy also interned with his family.Sofia is half Portuguese half Chinese who lives in Macau which is neutral territory during the war. Her father is a wealthy gold dealer. James is a poor boy from England who fought during the war and came to Hong Kong after the war to make his fortune.Siobhan Daiko has a way with words and beautifully describes each situation with great detail and makes you almost believe you are there with the characters in the book.I highly recommend this book, not only will you learn about how people survived during the war in Hong Kong but you will also learn about the prejudices people experienced. It is a rich tableau of life during and after the war and well worth the read.
The reader had a mellifluous and non-intrusive voice and changed characters with skill. the story was gripping.
I loved this audiobook
and would happily listen again.