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    • The Secret River

    • By: Kate Grenville
    • Narrated by: Paul Blackwell
    • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 144
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 143

    In 1806 William Thornhill, a man of quick temper and deep feelings, is transported from the slums of London to New South Wales for the term of his natural life. With his wife, Sal, and their children he arrives in a harsh land he cannot understand. But the colony can turn a convict into a free man. Eight years later Thornhill sails up the Hawkesbury to claim 100 acres for himself. Aboriginal people already live on that river. And other recent arrivals - Thomas Blackwood, Smasher Sullivan, and Mrs Herring - are finding their own ways to respond to them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful vivid story telling!

    • By Margaret on 10-10-2016

    Non-member price: $25.59

    • The Lieutenant

    • By: Kate Grenville
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
    • Length: 7 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 57

    In 1787 Lieutenant Thomas Rooke sets sail from Portsmouth with the First Fleet and its cargo of convicts, destined for New South Wales. As a young officer and a man of science, the shy and quiet Rooke is full of anticipation about the natural wonders he might discover in this strange land on the other side of the world. After the fleet arrives in Port Jackson, Rooke sets up camp on a rocky and isolated point, and starts his work of astronomy and navigation.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Slow start, but stick with it...

    • By alison on 28-06-2015

    Non-member price: $51.21

    • The Idea of Perfection

    • By: Kate Grenville
    • Narrated by: Odette Joannidis
    • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Set in the eccentric backwater of Karakarook (pop. 1,374), New South Wales, this is the story of Douglas Cheeseman, a shy and clumsy engineer with jug-ears who meets Harley Savage, a woman who is known for being rather large and abrupt. Douglas is there to pull down a quaint old bridge, and Harley aims to foster heritage. They are clearly on a collision course - but when they meet they are unaware that something unexpected is going to happen....

    Non-member price: $32.62

    • Sarah Thornhill

    • By: Kate Grenville
    • Narrated by: Emma Fielding
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 35

    Sarah Thornhill is the youngest child of William Thornhill, convict-turned-landowner on the Hawkesbury River. Her stepmother calls her wilful, but handsome Jack Langland loves her and she loves him. 'Me and Jack', she thinks. 'How could it go wrong?' But there's an ugly secret in Sarah's family. That secret takes her into the darkness of the past, and across the ocean to the wild coasts of New Zealand.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Worthy sequel

    • By A. Gander on 04-05-2018

    Non-member price: $22.78

    • One Life

    • My Mother's Story
    • By: Kate Grenville
    • Narrated by: Kate Grenville
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69

    Nance was a week short of her sixth birthday when she and Frank were roused out of bed in the dark and lifted into the buggy, squashed in with bedding, the cooking pots rattling around in the back, and her mother shouting back towards the house, 'Good-bye, Rothsay, I hope I never see you again!' When Kate Grenville’s mother died, she left behind many fragments of memoir. These were the starting point for One Life, the story of a woman whose life spanned a century of tumult and change.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not your usual tale of your mother

    • By Stan on 07-09-2015

    Non-member price: $38.24

    • The Case Against Fragrance

    • By: Kate Grenville
    • Narrated by: Belinda McClory
    • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    Kate Grenville had always associated perfume with elegance and beauty. Then the headaches started. Like perhaps a quarter of the population, Grenville reacts badly to the artificial fragrances around us: other people’s perfumes and all those scented cosmetics, cleaning products and air fresheners. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A very sobering read!

    • By TJ on 19-02-2019

    Non-member price: $14.98