• Whitethorn

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 24 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-08-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (696 ratings)

Regular price: $16.00

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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.
©2013 Christine Courtenay (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Geoff on 01-31-10

another masterpiece with a slight issue

Having listened to all available books by Bryce, this is the first time I have had a slight issue. Before that the good stuff....As usual Mr Bower is superb in the delivery of this novel and the novel itself is another masterpiece.

I did find however that there was a little to much of Peekay in this book, and in fact great tracts of it could have been in Power of One.

This still will not stop me from checking every month for the next BC/HB journey to download.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Melinda on 08-19-13

Recycled 'Power of One'

What made the experience of listening to Whitethorn the most enjoyable?

I've enjoyed several of Courtenay's books with Humphrey Bower narrating. While Bryce Courtenay is a great story teller, Humphrey Bower's talent puts the story over the top.

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

If you've read 'Power of One' this is almost an exact recycle of that story. Stick with 'Power of One' and you won't be disappointed.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 04-11-18


love Bowers performance, he brings every character to life. There's a lot of similar themes to power of one but still a really enjoyable story with important messages and a great insight into south Africas culture.

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4 out of 5 stars
By kevinplee@hotmail.com on 02-25-18

A triumph of justice against the odds

Another great book from Bryce with some of his familiar and trade mark sayings and rules of morality. I really enjoy Bryce's books, great value for money, interesting, even captivating and brilliantly narrated by Humphrey Bower ...nobody does it better.

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