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3.00149588631264 out of 53.00149588631264 out of 53.00149588631264 out of 53.00149588631264 out of 53.00149588631264 out of 5 3.00 (1,337 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: July 2010 ISBN:
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A sweeping saga from Bryce Courtenay, Australia's most popular author.

The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

To assist in the escape, Anna's father gifts Nick his prized yacht, Vlermuis, to sail to Australia. Singapore has just fallen, the Japanese have made it to Sumatra, and the waters are dangerous. Vlermuis is not long out of Batavia when Nick is forced ashore for repairs. He witnesses the bloody execution of shipwrecked Allied soldiers by natives, and while burying what's left of the bodies, Nick notices one wounded soldier has escaped death, and he carries him back to his yacht.

The rescued soldier is a lower-class Irish Catholic American called Kevin Judge. He has no sailing experience, but he assists Nick in navigating through some dramatic storms and the two form an unlikely and lifelong friendship. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Ostrom | 2/15/2014

    " This is a beautiful book and a beautiful story. It engages you right from the start and although I have never been a fan of war stories, this was one that was fantastic. The hero, Nick, was a young butterfly collector when he was in the tropics off Australia and the Japanese invaded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/14/2014

    " This book is so good. A "love story" written by a 74 year old man - Australian. Although it is a love story, it is a story about WW II and the Japanese invasion of the Pacific Islands. If you are a history buff you will love it as much as someone reading it just for the "love story". It is told from an Australian point of view which is a very interesting way to read about the war - it will give you a different perspective than we have heard before. I loved it - don't be concerned about the length - it is a fast read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 2/4/2014

    " loved it!!!!!! Good read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 1/28/2014

    " 5 stars....didn't like the sequel though. Great story line and character developement "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 1/28/2014

    " first time reader of Courtenay and this novel was fantastic. a real gem. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenna Mills | 1/22/2014

    " I absolutely loved this book. Both the hero and heroine I found impossible not to like and become emotionally involved with, and the smaller characters all played their parts well. I just wish that the book could have been longer, and the third part as detailed as the first two. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Astrid | 1/18/2014

    " Sometimes a good, old fashioned saga fits the bill. Bryce Courtenay's 'The Persimmon Tree' is a hefty novel set during WWII in the South Pacific and Australia. For 28 hours Humphrey Bower delightfully entertained me in the audio book of this historical love story bringing each character alive. I have read a lot of WWII stories set in Europe and found myself very interested in learning about the horrors, heroes and heroines of the Second World War on the other side of the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri Alpert | 1/16/2014

    " I always love to learn my history through human stories and what a story this was! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya Anderson | 1/13/2014

    " Such a beautiful story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Parnell | 1/7/2014

    " Brilliantly worded and written. His writing is so enjoyable to read flowing seamlessly along. I loved all the historical references. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 12/30/2013

    " This book opened a whole new picture of the pacific islands in World War two for me. I really thought they stopped with Hawaii! An interesting look into the life in Java and the Dutch presence there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Di Holmes | 12/26/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book too. The life of a young girl, who got caught up in the war and the effect the Japanese had on her life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Senja Larsen | 11/15/2013

    " Nicely written, well researched, fascinating story of WW2, Indonesia and Java. The plot is somewhat unlikely but what the heck, it keeps you adventurously entertained! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberley | 10/28/2013

    " Theres not much I can say about this book.... except that I was a blubbering mess the whole way through! Cannot wait to read the sequel! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 10/9/2013

    " best book great story waiting for the second part of the story to arrive "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madi | 9/29/2013

    " This was a good book and I enjoyed the look into a different part of WW2 that is not normally focused on. The depth of the book and the honesty of the love and forgiveness shown in the end were very uplifting even with the shocking events occurring during the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri | 2/21/2013

    " What an enjoyable audio listen. The characterization just sweeps you into the story. Didn't want it to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana Orr | 11/11/2012

    " Very good but lengthy historical fiction. Abrupt ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/5/2012

    " Althou a good book, I found it a little long for the story it told. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lizet Rosen | 6/11/2012

    " wasn't so crazy about the ending... but then that's just me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara Whittaker | 5/29/2012

    " Unbelievable characters - way too much waffle - a disappointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 11/29/2011

    " Very good easy read, adventure and romance included. Two very larger than life main characters. It's set mostly in Australia during WWII, with the war in the surrounding islands. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/8/2011

    " Alot better then Sylvia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deniselk | 8/4/2011

    " Very good story. I enjoyed reading about the area that my dad served during WW2. Well told. I only wish Dad was still around to discuss it with him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maxwell | 5/16/2011

    " Good story terrible language and very graphic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mischelle | 2/6/2011

    " Great listen, great story! I'm glad to have heard that this was the first of 2 books before I purchased the sequel, Fishing for Stars. Deciding on the sequel but haven't gone wrong with a Bryce Courtenay book yet! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 1/30/2011

    " Fantastic book! I could not keep my hands off this book! its just as good as "Fishing for Stars" which is based on the same characters as this book. one of the BEST books i have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 12/5/2010

    " Bryce Courtenay is a great storyteller! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 11/14/2010

    " Nowhere NEAR as good as The Power of One, but still a really interesting perspective on Australia's part in WWII. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Essy | 10/9/2010

    " Not the most enjoyable book I've read.
    Found the Nick character as too good to be true - 18 and able to conquer so many things.
    Also very long read - but my book club was reading it so I felt obliged to finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mspianobug | 10/7/2010

    " This is a beautiful book and a beautiful story. It engages you right from the start and although I have never been a fan of war stories, this was one that was fantastic. The hero, Nick, was a young butterfly collector when he was in the tropics off Australia and the Japanese invaded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 8/27/2010

    " 5 stars....didn't like the sequel though. Great story line and character developement "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 7/18/2010

    " As usual, a good adventure by Bryce Courtenay. So much of the book dealt with the protaganist waiting to see Anna again, but then ended rather abrupty once they did reacqaint - felt rather imbalanced in terms of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lizet | 5/4/2010

    " wasn't so crazy about the ending... but then that's just me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 3/30/2010

    " Bryce Courtenay is a good writer, except that he repeats things over and over in his books. Once you get over that, it's quite nice. I liked this story since it was more like 3 stories in 1. A looooong read, but worthwhile. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jess | 1/26/2010

    " What a disappointment. This was my first Bryce Courtenay book and I couldn't read past the first 100 pages. The love story was really superficial and coupled with the over-descriptiveness, I just couldn't do it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karin | 1/4/2010

    " I don't know how I finished reading this.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 12/16/2009

    " Very good easy read, adventure and romance included. Two very larger than life main characters. It's set mostly in Australia during WWII, with the war in the surrounding islands. "

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