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  • The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated By Bruce Kerr
    Overall
    (8)
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    (6)
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    (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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fantastic reading of classic Australian novel"
    "Fantastic reading of classic Australian novel"
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    It's taken me 25 years to get around to 'reading' this after most other Australian kids read it at school. It is well worth the wait! Whilst the first chapter is a little slow the pace quickens and soon you won't be able to stop. The reading is performed perfectly - Bruce Kerr nails the accents without a hint of mockery that often seems to appear when people attempt an aboriginal accent. His Irish and English accents are spot on too. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Six Months That Changed the World: The Paris Peace Conference of 1919

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Margaret MacMillan
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (125)

    The world will never see another peace conference like the one which took place in Paris in 1919. For six months, the world's major leaders - including Woodrow Wilson, president of the United States, David Lloyd George, prime minister of Great Britain, and Georges Clemenceau, prime minister of France - met to discuss the peace settlements which were to end World War One.

    Jon says: "Best Audible Title Yet"
    "Enlightening and well presented"
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    A vital piece of history to understanding the world as it is today. Very well presented - nice pace and interestingly put. I listened to it a few months ago and only just realised that it comes with a pdf booklet of 65 pages which would be a good companion to the listening. Some maps in the booklet would be very helpful though.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Wild Sheep Chase

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (143)

    A Wild Sheep Chase is one of Murakami's most fantastical novels. An advertising executive, infatuated with a girl who possesses the most perfect ears (an erotic charge for him) uses a picture of a sheep with a star on its back. This catapults him into a weird adventure to find the mythical sheep up in the wilds of Hokkaido, Japan's northern island. There are strange encounters, a hotel with an extra disappearing floor, and other oddities.

    Louise says: "Counseling Needed"
    "Fantastic, pity about the accents."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great story. Classic Murakami. Very well read. My only gripe is the accent of the reader. I know your main market is the US, but couldn't you have got someone with even a slight Japanese accent? It was very hard to visualise the characters as Japanese when everyone had a variety of US accents. Still worth purchasing though.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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