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    • The Catalpa Rescue

    • The Gripping Story of the Most Dramatic and Successful Prison Break in Australian History
    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Michael Carman
    • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    The incredible true story of one of the most extraordinary and inspirational prison breaks in history. Boston, 1869. Members of the Clan na Gael - agitators for an Irish republic - hatch a daring plan to free six Irish political prisoners from the most remote gaol on earth, Fremantle Prison in Western Australia. Under the guise of a whale hunt, Captain Anthony sets sail on the Catalpa, risking his life to rescue the men from the prison, known among the inmates as 'a living tomb'.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great Story, however

    • By Niall Cunniffe on 22-05-2019
    • The Gripping Story of the Most Dramatic and Successful Prison Break in Australian History
    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Michael Carman
    • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
    • Release date: 23-04-2019
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 12 ratings

    Non-member price: $44.95

    • Burke and Wills

    • The Triumph and Tragedy of Australia's Most Famous Explorers
    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Michael Carman
    • Length: 23 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 209
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195

    The iconic Australian exploration story - brought to life by Peter FitzSimons, Australia's storyteller. 'They have left here today!' he calls to the others. When King puts his hand down above the ashes of the fire, it is to find it still hot. There is even a tiny flame flickering from the end of one log. They must have left just hours ago. Melbourne, 20 August 1860. In an ambitious quest to be the first Europeans to cross the harsh Australian continent, the Victorian Exploring Expedition sets off, with 15,000 well-wishers cheering them on.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A good book

    • By Anonymous User on 06-05-2019

    Non-member price: $39.95

    • Kokoda (by Peter FitzSimons)

    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Lewis FitzGerald
    • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 279
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 255
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 255

    For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened and just what our troops achieved. Now, best-selling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story for all Australians.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Compulsory listening...we must know this.

    • By Phillip on 13-12-2015

    Non-member price: $41.73

    • Batavia

    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
    • Length: 17 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 301
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 277
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 281

    The story begins in 1629, when the pride of the Dutch East India Company, the Batavia, is on its maiden voyage en route from Amsterdam to the Dutch East Indies, laden down with the greatest treasure to leave Holland. The magnificent ship is already boiling over with a mutinous plot that is just about to break into the open when, just off the coast of Western Australia, it strikes an unseen reef in the middle of the night. While Commandeur Francisco Pelsaert decides to take the longboat across 2,000 miles of open sea for help, his second-in-command Jeronimus Cornelisz takes over....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • incredible story!

    • By Lauren on 17-07-2016

    Non-member price: $41.73

    • Mutiny on the Bounty

    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Michael Carman
    • Length: 22 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 148
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 133
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 132

    The mutiny on HMS Bounty, in the South Pacific on 28 April 1789, is one of history's truly great stories - a tale of human drama, intrigue and adventure of the highest order - and in the hands of Peter FitzSimons it comes to life as never before. Commissioned by the Royal Navy to collect breadfruit plants from Tahiti and take them to the West Indies, the Bounty's crew found themselves in a tropical paradise. Five months later, they did not want to leave.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A ripping yarn.

    • By Tim on 16-11-2018

    Non-member price: $39.95

    • Monash's Masterpiece

    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Michael Carman
    • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142

    The Battle of Le Hamel on 4 July 1918 was an Allied triumph and strategically very important in the closing stages of WWI. A largely Australian force, commanded by the brilliant Sir John Monash, fought what has been described as the first modern battle - where infantry, tanks, artillery and planes operated together as a coordinated force. Monash planned every detail meticulously, with nothing left to chance. Peter FitzSimons brings this Allied triumph to life and tells this magnificent story as it should be told.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful story.

    • By Ian Martin on 08-07-2018

    Non-member price: $39.95

    • Gallipoli

    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Robert Meldrum
    • Length: 25 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 137
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 119

    On 25 April 1915, Allied forces landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in present-day Turkey to secure the sea route between Britain and France in the west and Russia in the east. After eight months of terrible fighting, they would fail. Turkey regards the victory to this day as a defining moment in its history, a heroic last stand in the defence of the nation's Ottoman Empire.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • amazing

    • By John on 16-04-2019

    Non-member price: $49.17

    • Tobruk

    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 152
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 152

    In the early days of April 1941, the 14,000 Australian forces garrisoned in the Libyan town of Tobruk were told to expect reinforcements and supplies within eight weeks. Eight months later these heroic, gallant, determined "Rats of Tobruk" were rescued by the British Navy having held the fort against the might of Rommel's never-before-defeated Afrika Corps.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Moving.

    • By Reader on 23-12-2018

    Non-member price: $55.66

    • Eureka

    • The Unfinished Revolution
    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Robert Meldrum
    • Length: 22 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 147
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 147

    In 1854, Victorian miners fought a deadly battle under the flag of the Southern Cross at the Eureka Stockade. Though brief and doomed to fail, the battle is legend in both our history and in the Australian mind. Henry Lawson wrote poems about it, its symbolic flag is still raised, and even the nineteenth-century visitor Mark Twain called it: "a strike for liberty". Was this rebellion a fledgling nation’s first attempt to assert its independence under colonial rule? Or was it merely rabble-rousing by unruly miners determined not to pay their taxes?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Australian history which put me to sleep

    • By Geoff Alford on 22-09-2018

    Non-member price: $55.66

    • Fromelles and Pozières

    • In the Trenches of Hell
    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
    • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 97

    On 19 July 1916, 7,000 Australian soldiers - in the first major action of the AIF on the Western Front - attacked entrenched German positions at Fromelles, in Northern France. By the next day, no fewer than 5,500 were wounded and just under 1,900 were dead - a bloodbath that the Australian War Memorial describes as 'the worst 24 hours in Australia's entire history'. Just days later, three Australian divisions attacked German positions at nearby Pozières, and over the next six weeks they suffered another 23,000 casualties.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • incredible account. .. not to be forgotten.

    • By Robert on 07-05-2016

    Non-member price: $58.50

    • Nancy Wake

    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Stephanie Daniel
    • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72

    In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. As a naive, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that moment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Extraordinary. 🐭 #TheWhiteMouse

    • By Anonymous User on 12-04-2018

    Non-member price: $34.76

    • Victory at Villers-Bretonneux

    • By: Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated by: Robert Meldrum
    • Length: 24 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 133
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 123

    It's early 1918, and after four brutal years the fate of the Great War hangs in the balance. On the one hand, the fact that Vladimir Lenin and the Bolsheviks have seized power in Russia - immediately suing for peace with Germany - means that no fewer than one million of the Kaiser's soldiers can now be transferred from there to the Western Front. On the other, now that America has entered the war, it means that two million American soldiers are also on their way, to tip the scales of war in favor of the Allies.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Well structured story but new narrator needed

    • By Sharon Livingstone on 08-05-2017

    Non-member price: $54.63