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Publisher's Summary

Rowland Sinclair is an artist and a gentleman.

In Australia's 1930s, the Sinclair name is respectable and influential, yet Rowland has a talent for scandal. He relies on the Sinclair fortune to indulge his artistic passions and friends: a poet, a painter and a brazen sculptress.

Mounting tensions fuelled by the Great Depression take Australia to the brink of revolution, but Rowland Sinclair is indifferent to the politics...until a brutal murder exposes an extraordinary and treasonous conspiracy.

©2011 Sulari Gentill (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

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  • KK
  • 17-05-2019

A great book and a great narrator

Had this series recommended to me as I liked Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher books. This book isn’t as ‘light’ a read as the Miss Fisher books but I loved it and I’m looking forward to working my way through the series. The central characters are quirky and very likeable, and the cast surrounding them are true to the time in their outlook and behaviour.

Sulari Gentill writes very well and clearly does a lot of research, the fictional characters and plot are interwoven with actual people and events, it’s very cleverly done and historically accurate.

Rupert Degas has done a great job - I think he has a real gift for accents. I fell into the story and nothing jarred me out of it, the voice of each character sounded so right.

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Riverting Story with historical context

What did you like most about A Few Right Thinking Men?

I enjoyed to links to history and the underlying humor and charter development, the attention to subtle details and the great pace of the book, I normally like pretty action based novels and despite the time taken to develop the plot and characters the pace felt right and held my attention throughout the story - nicely written.

What other book might you compare A Few Right Thinking Men to, and why?

Tough one for me - possibly Tobruk by Peter FitzSimons meets Agatha Christie meets Rear Window (the movie by Alfred Hitchcock which I adore)

What about Rupert Degas’s performance did you like?

I always love Ruperts performances and seek out his narrations and on this occasion found him to be at his absolute best.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The book title would be fine.

Any additional comments?

Great writing and excellent narration - well done! Also being an Australian I especially enjoyed the humor and social observations.

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What a wonderful 100 plus hours of entertainment

I decided to listen to this book drawn to it due to Robert Degas as narrator. Over 100 hors later - I binged the whole series. I loved how Sulari references Australian true history as the background to these tales. The stories were a perfect escape. Loved them all.

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Entertaining & great to listen to

I really enjoyed listening to this book as the characters were all interesting. The narrator, Rupert Degas, was very well chosen. He has the most pleasant voice plus very good at changing his voice for the varying characters and their ages.
Despite me thinking the author quite talented and deciding I’d like to listen to more of this Series, like others, I found the politics in the story, a bit boring.
I’m hoping her next in the Series is a more enjoyable story.

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Quintessential Australian

A dry martini with a twist of adventure.
Gripping, beautifully written, and deeply-researched this historical crime fiction series is set in the early 1930s and based on extraordinary yet real events. Introducing Rowland Sinclair.

Rowland Sinclair is an artist and a gentleman. In Australia's 1930s, the Sinclair name is respectable and influential, yet the youngest son Rowland - an artist - has a talent for scandal.

Based loosely on the events of 1932. A Few Right Thinking Men is a fascinating novel that I would not normally read but am glad I did.

A fascinating look at Mounting tensions fuelled by the Great Depression that took Australia to the brink of a revolution that was embroiling the world at that time. The New Guard, Old Guard, and the Communists. Viewed through a wealthy young gentleman that reflected the young lions of the day.

Rupert Degas, narration gave the book its authenticity and enhanced the Australian Dry wit and character development. Rupert Degas was the perfect choice for the novel and I am pleased that Rupert Degas has lent his talents to more of the series.

Quintessential Dry Australian humour "Who Done It".

I am now on book two, A Decline in Prophets, and loving it.
Recommended.

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  • 01-09-2021

The narrator really made this one

The narrator's many accents and voices really immersed me in the story. Terrific job!

Admittedly, knowing almost nothing about Australian history, I enjoyed learning about 1930s NSW as well as the development of the plot. It's an easy going plot, with nothing too mind boggling and the Aussie sense of humour comes through well.

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Brilliant

Thourghly enjoyed all aspects of the story. Even with the suttle hints of humour. I hope there are more. Thank you

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So glad to discover this series.

Rupert Degas leads us onto the fascinating world of Sydney post the Great War. This brilliant narrator brings Gentill's characters to life.
I am now hooked.

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  • Jon
  • 02-08-2021

Novel ideas

This story opens up ideas about Communism in Australia that I’ve not heard of before. Interesting!

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An interesting take on history

Not something I would normally listen to, but the story was very enjoyable, and the history was informative and enlightening. I really enjoyed the narrator's performance.

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  • 10-07-2020

ho hum

It seemed not very original to me, the characters silly and immature, but others may like it.

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  • Anniebligh
  • 27-10-2017

Good Listen

Sydney in the 30's. Rural NSW in the 30's.The characters enter stage with faults and foibles and discover a world 'gone mad' with Old and New Guards, (Conservatives and Nazi) rising to defend Australia from the Left Wing and Communists. There is talk of Civil War.

'put the cricket bat down Mick'.

With a favorite uncle dead and best friend almost left for dead and branded, something has to done.
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  • Kathryn G.
  • 30-11-2016

Too much history, not enough story

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Cut back on some of the details of the political rallies, etc. The descriptions seemed to go on forever. I got to the point where I fast forwarded a few times.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I liked that fact that the chapters started with actual newspaper stories.

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