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3.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 5 3.92 (36 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: December 2005 ISBN:
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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. 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 Brittany | 2/17/2014

    " I loved every second of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marissa | 2/13/2014

    " OMG!!! VERY VERY VERY GOOD!! I couldn't put this one down. Yes, i missed my subway stop more than once becuase I was so wrapped up in this one. It took Bryce about a decade to find a way back to write about South Africa again. The Power of One and Tandia were his only books set in S.A., the others all in New Zealand, Australia, and Korea. With Whithorn he revisits many of the themes found in the Power of One. In fact his character, Jack, is eerily similar to Peekay, the protagonist in the Power of One. Dare i say it, but Jack is more fully described and more carefully structured to be more believable. While he is not a boxer, he is an orphan English boy persecuted by the Afrikaners. Instead of boarding schools, it is an orphanage which sets the stage for his troubled childhood. Both Jack and Peekay work in the copper mines as grisley boys. They eventually choose the same careers, too. Maybe too similar for some- but a welcome reminder of what was once Peekay's story and is now Jack's story. Bryce really mastered the pace of his story, with Whitethorn. I felt really intrigued and I really really cared about Jack's sucesses and failures. I wept with him with each and every loss in his life and mentally cheered him on with every new direction he decided to take his life. If I could I'd give this one 10 stars!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 2/8/2014

    " Loved this book - similar to the Power of One, but I cried in this one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefan | 2/7/2014

    " A powerful and descriptive tale of an orphan's search for meaning and acceptance in life. Whitethorn is populated by a cast of memorable characters. This wonderful novel contains much intelligent, witty, and even tragic dialogue. The many settings featured in this story came alive excitedly and vividly in my mind. The narrative was spellbinding and completely compelling. Whitethorn once again proves that Bryce Courtney is an exceptional storyteller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juanita | 2/6/2014

    " A great story spoiled by the last 2 sentences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/2/2014

    " Enjoyed this an easy read .The story of South Africa through the voice of one young boy as he grows into a man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie Longarini | 1/18/2014

    " The main character is likeable and easy to connect with and the events stay with you long after you're done reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Knox Bodenstein | 1/12/2014

    " Bryce Courtenay is a very good story teller, eventhough he sometimes takes sooooo long to get through a story. Very well written and bold. Thsi book might make some people angry though..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 1/10/2014

    " Loved it made me read more of Bryce! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 1/8/2014

    " Loved this novel....as the years go by through the main character's life each portion of his life reads like a small novel, each one as good as the last. Love Bryce Courtenay's books :o)) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 12/31/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. The part that deals with Kenya was particularly interesting in the light of recent events there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 12/22/2013

    " Bryce Courtenay has done it again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucia | 12/4/2013

    " Very, very good. Interesting to read some South African history too. And, yes, I cried! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carli Malcolm | 9/17/2013

    " Took a while for me to finish so not particularly enthralling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 8/23/2013

    " One of my all time favorite books about South Africa. Well written and the characters are forever in your mind. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberley | 6/2/2013

    " Unfortunately this book got very bogged down in the middle after what I deemed a promising start... I never finished it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leona | 6/2/2013

    " This book is great! I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 3/16/2013

    " Dark at times, moving and worth reading. Not as good as The Power of One but still well worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darryl | 2/21/2013

    " A great novel that is very similar to power of one, I would highly reccommend "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 11/13/2012

    " I enjoyed this book, that follows the life of a young South African orphan as he struggles to find his place in South African society. He is also seeking justice for a friend who was murdered. I felt the book dragged in parts but overall it was a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy Troy | 10/15/2012

    " Thought this was very similar to the power of one "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 9/4/2012

    " this was a lot like "the power of one". if i hadn't already read that, i might have enjoyed this book more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 7/5/2012

    " Loved Bryce Courtenay's writing. He usually includes some true event or happening in his books and surrounds it with a story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin Thornhill | 4/2/2012

    " Revisting some Power of One themes here but it was still a very enjoyable read. I will be rereading Power now and getting back into more if his books. I forgot how much I liked him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/14/2012

    " This book is pretty good. Its really long in some places but good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Gorman | 7/3/2011

    " The Kenyan research was a little haphazzard. He did a good job with the Pirouette char. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 5/31/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, that follows the life of a young South African orphan as he struggles to find his place in South African society. He is also seeking justice for a friend who was murdered. I felt the book dragged in parts but overall it was a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Knox | 12/2/2010

    " Bryce Courtenay is a very good story teller, eventhough he sometimes takes sooooo long to get through a story. Very well written and bold. Thsi book might make some people angry though..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Farhana | 5/20/2010

    " After reading a few reviews I was prepared for an interesting beginning and not as interesting ending, so it was a lovely surprise to enjoy every part!

    My favorite part was the history and how the whole story came together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anel | 5/18/2010

    " The best book I've read this far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leona | 5/4/2010

    " This book is great! I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/23/2010

    " Several parts of the 800+ pages could have been omitted--they added nothing to the story..there are lots of similarities to Power of One...but I think it was still a good story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert | 2/19/2010

    " Pretty much a re-hash of Power of One. There are plot and character elements which are so similar it's ridiculous - growing up as the lone English boy in an aggressive Afrikaner community, boxing, a murdered black friend, becoming a lawyer and so on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 12/11/2009

    " The main character is likeable and easy to connect with and the events stay with you long after you're done reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 7/26/2009

    "
    Beautifully written. I could not put it down.
    For anyone who has had any contact with South
    Africa it will bring back memories (good and bad).
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberley | 6/15/2009

    " Unfortunately this book got very bogged down in the middle after what I deemed a promising start... I never finished it! "

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