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Extended Audio Sample The Persimmon Tree (Unabridged), by Bryce Courtenay
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:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by Natalie | 2/4/2014

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

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

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

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