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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,011 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bryce Courtenay Narrator: Humphrey Bower Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN:
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Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob - but will justice prevail in the courts?

Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity. The rivalry of Jessica and her beautiful sister for the love of the same man will echo throughout their lives, until finally the truth must be told.

Set in the harsh Australian bush against the outbreak of World War I, this novel is heartbreaking in its innocence, and shattering in its brutality.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara | 2/17/2014

    " I love love this book... I find the way past generations lived such an eye opener. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayla | 2/16/2014

    " I would give 4 stars to the first section, 5 stars to the second section, and 3 stars to the third section. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nellie | 1/31/2014

    " I could not put this book down. A great story about a woman's struggle at the turn of the century, written by a man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachael | 1/30/2014

    " this has got to be one of my all time favourites! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kylie | 1/23/2014

    " great characters, great storylines, attention to detail and emotional involvement in the characters lives as with most of Bryce Courtenay's books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tashy Tash | 1/20/2014

    " I've read it 5 times. Enough said. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ali Moloney | 1/19/2014

    " Living right near the town where this story was based gave me goose pimples. An amazing read of true Aussie grit and pure brutal and honest life. Must read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn Wells | 1/13/2014

    " Get out the Kleenex. I cried almost all the way through. Based on a true story in Australia. Could possibly be two books in one Jessica's tragedy and then Mary's story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorna Teao | 1/11/2014

    " Loved this book!! Poor Jessica you just fall for her character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Nicholls | 12/23/2013

    " Moving and desperately sad. Jessica's strength and the hardships she faces at the hands of her cruel 'masters' is a truly incredible story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil Haines | 12/22/2013

    " What an ending! Double shocks, Jessica is one tough cookie. Recommended book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Hobson | 12/19/2013

    " One of my favorite authors. Great story about a girl who faces a number of terrible obstacles in life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dionee | 12/18/2013

    " My absolute favourite of Bryce Courtenay's works. Poignant and impacting, it leaves you feeling somewhat dazed after reading and wishing you could somehow immerse yourself back into the story once more, despite finishing it. Really powerful, it tells of the struggle for justice and the truth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie | 11/18/2013

    " One of the most cripplingly depressing books I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare | 9/23/2013

    " I have read this book a number of times, and it gets better each time I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 8/21/2013

    " Tragic story of an Aussie battler. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Parnell | 7/27/2013

    " Loved it. Really gave you a true sense of life in Australia Bush for the early settlers. And the strength of those women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antonio | 7/10/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this book. What a strong character; being true to herself in the face of adversity. The injustices leap from the page and in many circumstances, continue even today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindy D'mellow | 5/28/2013

    " Not a fan of this author normally, but I enjoyed this book a lot. What a great character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chip | 5/4/2013

    " This was the first Courtenay book that I have read. I can't say it's an upbeat story, but I found his writing style different and yet easy to read. I enjoyed all it had to offer and saddened by the poor girl's struggle. A strong heroine for a change. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 5/3/2013

    " This was a good book! I really like this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie Bowman | 3/17/2013

    " It has been a long time since I've read anything written by Bryce Courtney. He is as great as I remember from The Power of One. This was a wonderful read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 1/15/2013

    " A tremendous tale and one based on true happenings in New Zealand. Beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 11/19/2012

    " One of my favorite books. Inspiring and gripping, a real epic drama. Characters and plot are so well crafted. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Farah | 9/9/2012

    " This book dragged on a bit too much for me - to be quite honest, I was glad when I came to the end of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 6/8/2012

    " such a sad tragic tale - I could not stop thinking about this story after I read it - even years later I still think about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Petra | 2/5/2012

    " Being a Bryce Courtney fan, I found this to be another good book of his. I recommend it. Based on a true story about the life of an independent Australian girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ivana | 1/30/2012

    " Very sad book but a beautiful heroine by the name of Jessica fighting for her lover and her child against a nasty mother and sister. Well worth a read. Don't be surprised if you shed a tear or two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Weber | 12/9/2011

    " A very good yarn although I struggled with the misfortunes of our heroine... There were however times to celebrate in her life! I would encourage someone to read as it also gives you a glimpse of a part of Australian history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 9/25/2011

    " If I could put a couple more stars on this one, I would. This is my all time favorite book! Courtenay can truly capture the grit and soul of a woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 5/24/2011

    " I have always loved Bryce Courtenay's writing style and how researched his books are and this one is no different.

    It is as Australian as they come and such a wonderful story.
    I really felt for Jessica for the loss of her innocence, her father and her family. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bec | 5/23/2011

    " Australian setting .. could not get into it . Sorry "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 2/27/2011

    " Browsed through a few pages of this while staying at a B&B - just to confirm that nothing this man writes holds any interest for me.
    But he's very popular, so if you like light fiction, read other reviews to see what others think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 2/10/2011

    " It was distressing but oh my it had me from start to finish. It's a book I'll read again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ivana | 2/5/2011

    " Very sad book but a beautiful heroine by the name of Jessica fighting for her lover and her child against a nasty mother and sister. Well worth a read. Don't be surprised if you shed a tear or two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amburrito | 1/31/2011

    " Haunting & sad, not much sympathy for poor Jessica. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/13/2011

    " This has got to be the best book I have ever read. That means a lot coming from me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cass | 1/8/2011

    " I am not typically a fan of this genre. However I remembered being incredible affected by the movie. When I saw the book on my Nanna's bookcase coupled with a six hour drive, I decided to take it along.

    I really enjoyed the book. I even caught myself crying at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saraid | 12/14/2010

    " Just Beautiful, I was in tears many times reading this book. "

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