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Publisher's Summary

By award-winning best-selling writer Grantlee Kieza, Banks is a rich and rollicking biography of one of Britain's most colourful and successful scientists.

Lust, science, adventure - Joseph Banks and his voyages of discovery.

Explorer, naturalist and president of Britain's Royal Society, Sir Joseph Banks was a larger-than-life character best known for his promotion of science. In 1768 Banks joined Captain James Cook's expedition to the South Pacific. The 30,000 specimens he brought back generated enormous interest, as did the sometimes racy written account of the journey, which chronicled his frequent amorous exploits.

Banks' passion for the new and unusual flora of Australia led him to recommend Botany Bay to parliament as an excellent place for a penal settlement, despite the fact the soil was poor and there was no fresh running water, but he later became the foremost expert on everything Australian.

©2020 Grantlee Kieza (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Thoroughly enjoyable

What a life. Banks certainly got around. This is an adventure story that is full of excitement but also a scholarly well researched tale as well.

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A truely fine history

This is an excellent and humain history of a man whose contribution to understanding botany is an important one regardless of his personal flaws and those of his time.

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Interesting biography but ordinary narration

The biography seems well-researched and interesting. It was a balanced account - highlighting Banks' many achievements but also revealing his foibles. Unfortunately the narration was less impressive - the narrator seemed a little fast, as if racing to get it over and done with. Some of the narrator's pronunciations were also irritating. While some might excuse "forte" being pronounced as "fort" and "mores" pronounced as "maws", there is no excuse for "mariner" being pronounced as "marina" and the Californian city of Monterey being pronounced as "Mon Terry". Well-written books deserve to be properly narrated.

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Outstanding

It’s so nice to hear a behind the scenes account of the exploration and foundation of modern Australia. I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book

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Cringemaking

The story of Banks has been well researched and I enjoyed learning about his life and achievements. Whilst the narrator was clear with his annunciation, his pronunciation of many names of towns, surnames and words in general was somewhat lacking and cringemaking and it is disappointing that this wasn’t adequately checked during the process of recording.

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Scholarly book,monotonous reading.

A well-researched and scholarly book, but the reading was dull and monotonous, with some mispronounced words,especially foreign names.

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