Fishing for Stars : The Persimmon Tree

  • by Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by Humphrey Bower
  • Series: The Persimmon Tree
  • 22 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Simultaneous release of the sequel to the best-selling The Persimmon Tree.Nicholas Duncan is a semi-retired shipping magnate who resides in idyllic Beautiful Bay in Indonesia, where he is known as the old patriarch of the islands. He is grieving the loss of his beautiful Eurasian wife, Anna, and is suffering for the first time from disturbing flashbacks to WWII, the scene of their first meeting and early love. His other wartime lover is the striking Marg Hamilton, a powerful and influential political player in Australia who has remained close to Nick. Marg suspects Nick is suffering the onset of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and organises for a specialist to meet with him in Sydney. But when they meet, Tony Freedman stirs long-buried emotions in Nick and the two men don't hit it off.Nick leaves in an explosion of anger and finds himself in hospital after being hit by a car. Tony visits and encourages Nick to write as a form of therapy - to write about Anna. So he sets about writing about the woman who has inspired him since his late teens, and in doing so draws us into the compelling tale of the life he has lived post war-hero days building a shipping empire, navigating international corruption, supporting his wife's third-world education crusade and loving the women who inspire him. Set in the exotic locale of the spice islands during the excitement of post-war prosperity and possibility, and driven by strong, colourful characters, this book is truly epic in scope. Is it possible for a man to love two women?

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A disappointing sequel.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different storyline with characters resembling their Persimmon Tree personae.


Would you ever listen to anything by Bryce Courtenay again?

I am heading towards owning ALL of Bryce Courtenay books provided they are read by Humphrey Bower. For all round entertainment, including a bit of education, they are excellent.


Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I first heard Humphrey Bower narrating Shantaram and from that moment I have hunted out his performances. He could read 'small print' and make it riveting


You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not for me, but everyone has their own opinion.


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- Mick'sMoll "Say something about yourself!"

Beautifully written, but difficult characters

I bought this book to listen to as soon as I'd finished The Persimmon Tree, which I adored.

This book takes up Nick Duncan's story many years after the end of The Pesimmon Tree. I was immediately saddened to learn of the death of one of the characters, and was shocked by how strident another had become. While the story was just as well written as previously, and the narrator again was magnificent, I am left with a feeling of ambivalence. The innocence of the first book, in marked contrast to the war and atrocities it was set around, has been thoroughly and rudely ripped away in this book.

One part of the story which I particularly liked was Anna and Nick's visit to Japan. The style of this section was much more akin to The Persimmon Tree.

But sadly, the overall feeling I am left with at the end of this book is a distaste for all three of the main characters. Such a shame.
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- Lou "Expert knitter, novice seamstress, avid devourer of the spoken word. Mainly because audio allows me to continue knitting and sewing!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-12-2008
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd