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Die Ökologin Jennifer Towse folgt ihrem ehrgeizigen Mann Blair widerwillig auf eine kleine Urlaubsinsel am Great Barrier Reef, wo dieser die Leitung eines Hotels übernehmen soll. Jennifer fürchtet das Meer, denn als kleines Mädchen musste sie miterleben, wie ihr Vater und ihr Bruder ertrunken sind. Bald nach ihrer Ankunft zeigt sich, dass Blair in üble Machenschaften um daDie Ökologin Jennifer Towse folgt ihrem ehrgeizigen Mann Blair widerwillig auf eine kleine Urlaubsinsel am Great Barrier Reef, wo dieser die Leitung eines Hotels übernehmen soll. Jennifer fürchtet das Meer, denn als kleines Mädchen musste sie miterleben, wie ihr Vater und ihr Bruder ertrunken sind. Bald nach ihrer Ankunft zeigt sich, dass Blair in üble Machenschaften um das Hotelmanagement verstrickt ist. Noch schwieriger wird die Situation, nachdem Jennifer feststellt, dass sie ein Kind erwartet und Blair eine Affäre mit einer Kollegin hat …Sie steht vor der schwersten Krise ihres Lebens, als sie sich beherzt einer Gruppe von Meeresforschern anschließt, die Umweltsündern auf der Spur ist. Nach und nach findet Jennifer den Mut, sich von Blair zu trennen.Die Korallentaucherin von Di Morrissey: im eBook erhältlich!...

Title : The Reef
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ISBN : 9781740937320
Format Type : Audio CD
Number of Pages : 500 Pages
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The Reef Reviews

  • Deborah Ideiosepius
    2018-11-07 22:06

    Jennifer grew up on a farm in the outback until tragedy took her father and brother when she was a child. After this her bitter and difficult mother uproots her from the farm and takes her to a small rural town to grow up, a location Jennifer escapes by going to Uni in Sydney. Before she has finished uni she marries her boyfriend, who works in hospitality and before long is forced to follow him to a gorgeous, remote Great Barrier Reef island when he is given a job managing the eco-friendly, expensive, boutique resort.This is really the beginning of the story for me, I selected this book solely because it was based on the GBR as well as being named after it. It is not a type of fiction I read a lot of and I had not heard of the author before.The island is very well described; it is clear the author put quite some research into it. The ecology of the island and its flora and fauna ring true to anyone who has been on or read much about GBR islands (I would guess that the fictional Branch Island with its resort and research station is based on Heron island). Also the descriptions of the reef and its inhabitants were quite good. Jennifer is less than enthused by the island because she hates the ocean and she whines about going to the island a lot, which is ok at first because it is setting up her history, the challenges to overcome, the character development and evolution ect ect… I get it, but after a while, honestly, it becomes very annoying. It is a bit like hearing someone whinge about winning first division lottery when you yourself can't afford to pay the bills. Despite this, she falls in with the scientists at the research station, learns about the different research projects, the possibilities inherent in marine biology and becomes fast friends with a world famous scientist who comes to the station. Incidentally, I loved the bow to Sylvia Earle, whose book I have just read and to submersible diving. Any reader without marine background should fall in love with the reef through this part of the book and I really respect the authors attempt to reach people with the beauty of the reef and it’s ecological status.Other than the marine segment I found the novel pleasant, quite well written, but largely unremarkable: Jennifer's marriage might be in danger because the two people have nothing in common, her mother is trying to manage her life, and so forth. There are several interconnected plots and characters and convoluted outcomes, none of which were especially unpredictable to the reader, though Jennifer is suitably surprised. There are also no surprises in the ending of this book, you just have to enjoy the process of getting there.While I enjoyed this book I did not love it and the main reason was Jennifer. While the author has a decided talent for scenery description (I could almost smell Sydney, it was so well done) and a nice knack for creating and managing a lot of different characters, I was less impressed by her ability to develop those characters throughout the story. Jennifer's mother and husband are well done but don't change much, Jennifer herself seems a very superficial character through most of the book. She does evolve toward the end a bit, due to life experience and she eventually stops whinging about things, which is a relief. Still, despite Jennifer being annoying at time I am happy to have read it, I will probably re-read sections of it because I am looking for inspirations toward marine biology, and in that sense this book is definitely worthy.

  • Linda
    2018-10-21 00:04

    I called this a beach book, One you can read while making sure the children do not drown as I never became connected ( I found the main character painful and weak)

  • Benjamin Stahl
    2018-11-12 18:02

    What to say about this? At first it felt like a poor woman's Rebecca. Then it became a half-assed Michael Crichton on vaction kind of thing. Most of the characters were abysmal and I wanted to punch them. Jennifer was annoying. Blaire was a shit. Christina was a bitch. The mother was at least somewhat consistent and was the closest to being believable. She reminded me of my grandmother. The plot was just random. Nothing of much excitement happens, and then the ending bizarrely turns into an Tintin-esque adventure. It had plenty of opportunities to be interesting but it never quite got there. Also, it really didn't help that - as I listened to this on audio - the reader was painful and gave a terrible faux-Australian accent to all the male characters, making them all sound the same. And her constantly whispering voice for Jennifer made me hate the protagonist even more. Overall this is not a great book. Look elsewhere if you like quality Aussie fiction.

  • Celia Latty-steele
    2018-10-25 02:32

    It’s my first read from this author and won’t be my last. An easy read while lying by the pool on holidays ☺️

  • Amanda Johnston
    2018-10-25 00:23

    Fairly pedestrian.

  • Bronwyn Rykiert
    2018-11-08 02:09

    I am finding the last two stories a bit some old, same old. The Islands and this one have a classic case of women marrying the wrong man, someone they have nothing in common with and spend the first half of the story complaining about it. Move on please. Some of Di's stories have been great but I am reluctant to read another in case it has a similar storyline.You could tell that Jennifer and Blair were not a good match from word go. For me too it got a bit too much into saving the environment which is not quite what I am looking for when I read fiction.

  • Chiara Rodier
    2018-10-26 19:29

    Di seems to assume most of her readers are stupid. When the main character is a "scientist" and asks how the Great Barrier Reef is formed, and we get an detailed explanation, who does she think is reading this drivel!

  • Rosie
    2018-11-01 23:10

    I enjoyed every minute of this book. Would like a sequel if possible.

  • Juliana
    2018-10-27 23:19

    I'm clearing my books out so read this only so I could give it away. And it is a painful slog. Characters are weak, especially the main character. For someone once at university Jennifer seems to have no ecology knowledge or self motivated interest in it. Everyone else has the knowledge. to be continued.... Thank goodness this book is done. It's put me off this author. Even as a holiday read this was not credible.

  • Yang Shu-yuan
    2018-11-08 19:24

    Die Ökologin Jennifer Towse folgt ihrem ehrgeizigen Mann Blair widerwillig auf eine kleine Urlaubsinsel am Great Barrier Reef, wo dieser die Leitung eines Hotels übernehmen soll. Jennifer fürchtet das Meer, denn als kleines Mädchen musste sie miterleben, wie ihr Vater und ihr Bruder ertrunken sind. Bald nach ihrer Ankunft zeigt sich, dass Blair in üble Machenschaften um das Hotelmanagement verstrickt ist. Noch schwieriger wird die Situation, nachdem Jennifer feststellt, dass sie ein Kind erwartet und Blair eine Affäre mit einer Kollegin hat ... Sie steht vor der schwersten Krise ihres Lebens, als sie sich beherzt einer Gruppe von Meeresforschern anschließt, die Umweltsündern auf der Spur ist. Nach und nach findet Jennifer den Mut, sich von Blair zu trennen. Über den AutorDi Morrissey ist eine der erfolgreichsten Autorinnen Australiens. Als Journalistin arbeitete sie für Frauenmagazine, Radio und Fernsehen, schrieb Drehbücher und Theaterstücke und wirkte an zahlreichen TV-Produktionen mit. Sie lebt heute auf einer Farm in Byron Bay, New South Wales

  • Jane Baker
    2018-11-15 22:06

    Enjoyed this right from the first cover. This novel presents the conflicts experienced by a young girl whose father and brother are drowned on a visit to the beach having been a farming family and that of her mother. The mother is possessive. The young girl marries a young man in the hope of a better life only to find he is ambitious to get ahead rather than accommodate her growing desire to be a Marine Biologist. This scenario takes place on a lovely island in Queensland where all seems idealic until she becomes aware of underlying currents between the corporate resort owners and the need for environmental protection of the Reef.

  • Bron
    2018-11-12 18:30

    The Reef is the story of a young girl's maturation process, which just happens to occur on a peaceful resort on the Coral Reef. We watch Jennifer learn to deal with her dominant mother and male chauvenistic husband. Through her new social set, Jennifer realises that although her husband and mother do not believe she should use her studies, or even pursue them further, this is exactly what she would like to do, and her friends help her to achieve her goals.Not the most exciting of Di Morrissey's stories

  • Terese Stockdale
    2018-10-29 20:06

    Three stars. Yes some of the characters were annoying but they are meant to be. Jennifer is frustrating at the beginning but grows throughout the book. I love the setting of this book being of the island and the reef. I even enjoyed the likeable characters that study and want to preserve it. Although I had to wonder how Jennifer's baby didn't end up with foetal alcohol syndrome with her drinking in the early stages of pregnancy. Good easy light read even though it is predictable.

  • Magicalbookfriend
    2018-11-20 02:26

    Es ist ein wunderschönes Buch, was mich von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite sehr fasziniert hat. Ich habe es geliebt, mit Jennifer am Strand entlang zu wandern, ihre abende mit ihren neuen Freunden zu verbringen und zu sehen, ob sie jemals wieder ins Wasser steigt. Denn sie hatte als kleines Mädchen ein traumatisches Erlebnis. Ein tolles Buch!

  • Billa
    2018-11-04 02:25

    I have been meaning to read a Di Morrissey book for some time just to see what the fuss is about. I bought this one at an op shop while on holiday and having run out of reading material. Lots of things happened in this book much of which was not believable, and the story is shallow and undeveloped. There was a bit of everything and a lot of nothing. A really boring holiday read.

  • Vicki
    2018-11-04 21:02

    I really love audio books, but the value I get out of this format is very much dependant on the narrator. In this case I felt the voice of the main character was very hard to take "Squeaky and high pitched like a little girl instead of a woman in her 20's." Other than that a very enjoyable story. One of her best.

  • Anne
    2018-11-02 19:28

    Was a bit disappointed again with Di Morrissey. There is not much excitement or much happening in this story. It was bland and the sort of story that could be shortened to appear in a womens magazine. Won't recommend as one of her better novels.

  • Rianne Marijke
    2018-11-09 19:04

    Very likable story. The end drags a little, then suddenly picks up speed and before you know it, it's over. I really wanted to punch some characters in the face, so in that respect Morrissey succeeded.

  • Liz Phillips
    2018-10-22 01:26

    I rated 4 for a holiday read, probably a bit generous but seemed appropriate given I read it in Bali by the beach

  • Marian
    2018-11-13 00:27

    lovely description of the great barrier reef but pretty lousy story line.

  • Deirdre Roworth
    2018-10-23 22:17

    Ran out of steam halfway. Interesting beginning and then the story became hard work.

  • Steve Egger
    2018-11-19 20:07

    Ok story- easy enough to to read, but not one that will stay with me.

  • Ethne Mcleod
    2018-10-26 20:13

    Interesting

  • Paula
    2018-11-08 00:22

    Can't stand the mother in this book.... Have never read this author before but thought I'd have a go... Don't think I'll bother with it

  • Nancy
    2018-11-07 20:31

    Nancy 3 stars; Ron didn��_t read

  • Miranda
    2018-11-05 01:07

    I actually read the book instead of the audio version. Not that great of a story, kinda leaves you hanging.

  • Jill
    2018-11-01 01:04

    It just seemed to go on and on and the characters were a bit painful. Tackled too many issues. Not her best effort.

  • Jenny
    2018-11-06 22:03

    Excellent!

  • Bella George
    2018-10-31 22:10

    Enjoyed the story, but the main character frustrated me with her weakness and not standing up to her husband and mother. Reading about the reef was interesting.

  • Els
    2018-11-20 02:16

    Surprisingly enjoyable. That sounds mean, but her style is not my favourite. I liked the setting and characters.