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    • Schindler's List

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 12
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      5 out of 5 stars 11
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      5 out of 5 stars 11

    In the shadow of Auschwitz, a flamboyant German industrialist grew into a living legend to the Jews of Cracow. He was a womaniser, a heavy drinker and a bon viveur, but to them he became a saviour. A stunning novel based on the extraordinary true story of German war profiteer and factory director Oskar Schindler, who came to save more Jews from the gas chambers than any other single person during World War II. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • fact told as a novel.<br />

    • By Jeff on 11-06-2018

    Non-member price: $53.17

    • The Commonwealth of Thieves 

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
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    A lively history of the 'First Fleet' which took convicts from Britain to Australia in 1787; Sydney's early years as 'an open-air prison'; and the colonisation of New South Wales. 

    The story of modern Australia begins in 18th-century Britain, where people were hanged for petty offences but crime was rife and the gaols were bursting. From this situation was born the Sydney experiment, with criminals perceived to be damaging British society transported to Sydney, an 'open air prison with walls 14,000 miles thick'.  

    Eleven ships were dispatched in 1781 and arrived in Australia after eight hellish months at sea. Tom Keneally describes the first four years of the 'thief colony' and how, despite the escapes, the floggings, the murders and the rebellions, it survived against the odds to create a culture which would never have been tolerated in its homeland but which, in Australia, became part of the identity of a new and audacious nation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Australia Early Settlement

    • By Chris Dunn on 08-02-2019

    Non-member price: $53.17

    • Crimes of the Father

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      5 out of 5 stars 9
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Excommunicated to Canada due to his radical preaching on the Vietnam War and other human rights causes, Father Frank Docherty is now a psychologist and monk. He returns to Australia to speak on abuse in the church and unwittingly is soon listening to stories from two different people - a young man via his suicide note and an ex-nun - who both claim to have been sexually abused by an eminent Sydney cardinal.

    Non-member price: $53.17

    • Bettany's Book

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
    • Length: 30 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Prim, an aid worker in the Sudan, is contacted by her sister Dimp, who is back in Australia. She has come into possession of revealing documents concerning their ancestors: transported from Manchester, their great-grandfather was the son of a convict, while their great grandmother was not only a convict, too, but Jewish. As the story unfolds, through letters and a journal, of how John Bettany made his fortune and of Sarah's time in the notorious Female Factory, the sisters gain new perspectives on their roots.

    Non-member price: $53.17

    • The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Bruce Kerr
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
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      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Jimmie Blacksmith is the son of an Aboriginal mother and a white father. A missionary shows him what it means to be white - already he is only too aware of what it means to be black. Exploited by his white employers and betrayed by his white wife, Jimmie cannot take any more. He must find a way to express his rage. Set against the background of a turbulent Australian history, Thomas Keneally records with clarity the chant of one troubled man.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Sad Raw and too Real

    • By Anita M Hinde on 12-09-2017

    Non-member price: $35.50

    • Shame and the Captives

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Paul English, Heather Bolton
    • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    In the spirit of The Daughters of Mars, Tom Keneally's new novel brilliantly explores the intimacies of ordinary lives being played out against momentous world events. In Gawell, New South Wales, a prisoner-of-war camp to house European, Korean and Japanese captives is built close to a farming community. Alice is a young woman living a dull life with her father-in-law on his farm while her new husband first fights, then is taken prisoner, in Greece.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Boring narration

    • By Nell on 20-02-2017

    Non-member price: $34.09

    • Schindler's List

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Ben Kingsley
    • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    In the century's darkest time, one man became the most unlikely of heroes. German-Catholic industrialist and Nazi Party member Oskar Schindler used his wealth and influence to save the lives of more than 1,300 Jews who would have otherwise died in the concentration camp at Plaszow. Here is the story on which Steven Spielberg based his powerful motion picture. If you like this, try Ursula Hegi's Stones from a River.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Refund

    • By Anonymous User on 05-08-2017

    Non-member price: $26.29

    • Searching for Schindler

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    In 1980, Tom Keneally walked into a store in Beverly Hills owned by Polish Jew Leopold Pfefferberg Page to buy a new briefcase. For the next few years, Tom's life was taken over by this charismatic and driven man, known as Poldek, and the story he wanted shared.

    Non-member price: $25.09

    • Three Famines

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Peter Byrne
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    This is the story of three terrible famines. The first is an Gorta Mór, the great hunger of Ireland, which began in 1846. The second is the deadly famine that struck Bengal in 1943. The third is the Ethiopian famine, which first sprung up in lethal form in the 1970s under Emperor Haile Selassie and then reappeared under the brutal dictator Mengistu in the 1980s.

    Non-member price: $34.76

    • The Tyrant's Novel

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Paul English
    • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Imagine a faraway country that was once a friend of the West becoming the enemy, its people isolated and savagely repressed by a tyrant known as Great Uncle. As one of the country's most celebrated writers and a war hero, the storyteller has a better life than most – until he is made an offer he can't refuse. He must write a great novel, telling of the suffering of his people under the enemy's cruel economic sanctions and portraying Great Uncle as their saviour.

    Non-member price: $45.66