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    • English Passengers

    • By: Matthew Kneale
    • Narrated by: Ron Keith, Simon Prebble, Gerard Doyle, and others
    • Length: 20 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It is 1857, and Reverend Geoffrey Wilson has departed England to prove the literal truth of the Bible. The expedition heads towards Tasmania, where he is convinced he will find the real Garden of Eden. But the other passengers have their own agendas. Dr Potter is developing a sinister thesis, and the ship is crewed by smugglers of contraband brandy and tobacco. As the English passengers near Peevay's land, their bizarre notions become painfully at odds with reality.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A fantastic book

    • By Heather on 14-05-2019

    Non-member price: $48.86

    • English Passengers

    • By: Matthew Kneale
    • Narrated by: Simon Callow
    • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
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    The Reverend Geoffrey Wilson sets out from England, in the summer of 1857, with an expedition to find the Garden of Eden, which he is convinced lies on the island of Tasmania. Unknown to him, others in the party have very different agendas, notably the surgeon, Dr Potter, who is developing a revolutionary and sinister thesis of his own on the races of man.

    Non-member price: $13.26

    • An Atheist's History of Belief

    • Understanding Our Most Extraordinary Invention
    • By: Matthew Kneale
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    What first prompted prehistoric man, sheltering in the shadows of deep caves, to call upon the realm of the spirits?And why has belief thrived ever since, leading us to invent heaven and hell, sin and redemption, and above all, gods?Religion reflects our deepest hopes and fears; whether you are a believer or, like Matthew Kneale, a non-believer who admires mankind's capacity to create and to imagine, it has shaped our world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A must read for the atheist and religious

    • By Shamarie on 04-08-2014

    Non-member price: $29.96

    • Rome: A History in Seven Sackings

    • By: Matthew Kneale
    • Narrated by: Neil Gardner
    • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    No city on earth has preserved its past as has Rome. Visitors stand on bridges that were crossed by Julius Caesar and Cicero, walk around temples visited by Roman emperors, and step into churches that have hardly changed since popes celebrated mass in them 16 centuries ago. These architectural survivals are all the more remarkable considering the violent disasters that have struck the city. Afflicted by earthquakes, floods, fires and plagues, it has most of all been repeatedly ravaged by roving armies.

    Non-member price: $29.65

    • Sweet Thames

    • By: Matthew Kneale
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    London, 1849. As a cholera epidemic draws nearer, Joshua Jeavons, engineer, is working on his great drain plan for the capital. When the deaths begin, he works even more furiously, driven by the vision of a reborn London freed of rotting sewers. Then his beautiful young wife, Isobella, disappears, and Joshua must turn his attention to even more perplexing matters. His search for the answers to the mysteries that surround him leads from glittering Haymarket cafes to London's murky underworld.

    Non-member price: $30.38