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L. Douet

Berkshire, UK
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  • The Persimmon Tree

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 27 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

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'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling read

  • By Philippa on 10-09-11

South Pacific wartime saga

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-18

Good story but a little too graphic when it came to details. A bit long-winded.

  • Demelza

  • Poldark, Book 2
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

Demelza Carne, the impoverished miner's daughter Ross Poldark rescued from a fairground rabble, is now his wife. But the events of these turbulent years test their marriage and their love. Demelza's efforts to adapt to the ways of the gentry - and her husband - bring her confusion and heartache despite her joy in the birth of their first child. Ross begins a bitter struggle for the rights of the mining communities - and sows the seed of an enduring enmity with powerful George Warleggan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully read 2nd in this dramatic Cornish Saga

  • By Dog Lover on 21-04-15

Wonderful story, so descriptively written, not the perfect reader

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-07-17

Having read the (paper!) books several times, and seen both tv series, I am a great lover of the Poldark series.
Clare Corbett gave the reading a good shot, but I felt her voice was too prissy for Demelza and too artificial in her depiction of Ross and Francis. Several times her pronunciation of some words showed she had no knowledge of them - they were a stab at the letters, but were incorrect. Perhaps someone should have researched that a bit ("rowlocks" is one that really stood out). This ruined the atmosphere for me.
Perhaps with the current popularity of the tv series we might get another version. I hope so.

  • Great Expectations

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

In this, perhaps Dickens' most profound and personal novel, we are invited to share in the sentimental education of Pip, the poor boy from the village forge who risks losing himself in snobbery and selfishness when he mysteriously inherits a fortune. The story moves from the bleak Kentish marshes of Pip's childhood to a thrilling climax that mingles tragedy and triumph.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dickens brought to life.

  • By Val Waite on 02-06-11

Simply perfect

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-12-16

Having listened to quite a bit of modern fiction recently, I am astonished at the quality of the story, characterisation and language in this wonderful reading.
Anton Lesser is simply perfect. His voice as Pip could almost *be* that of John Mills playing Pip in the excellent (and most memorable) David Lean film. Throughout, his ability to bring to life every character, with perfect diction, emotion and timing added so much to the book.
I enthusiastically recommend this to anyone.