They say no one from the convict settlement of Sydney Town crossed the steep ranges of the Blue Mountains until 1813. But the quick-witted convict Clancy Fitzgerald did it in 1798, dragging with him the proud - but reluctant - Eliza Philips. Faced with constant danger and wrenching isolation, Clancy and Eliza found themselves pale-skinned strangers in a land of ancient traditions and spiritual beliefs.
©1995 Evan Green (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
The birth of Caroline... the differing reactions of Eliza and the Aborigines
Yes. I listening to him in "Batavia" and "Can't buy me Love." This book is by far and away better than both! It was a masterful performance, with accents, great inflections, and NONE of the pauses that made those other two books so frustrating.
I normally don't like this type of genre, and I was a bit wary of listening to Aspel after my disappointment with his reading of "Can't Buy me Love"... I am glad I read this. it is a rugged bush story, with all of the elements of an American wild-west story: gold prospecting, conflicts with Natives, old sensibilities confronting new exploration. I normally don't like books where I don't, on some level, like the protagonist's, but I can understand Clancy's motivations, Eliza's frustration as a wife, and the natives' hospitality and confusion regarding the white people in their midst.
This is a fantastic book, performed admirably. I can't wait to read Alice to Nowhere (also read by Aspel) and Dust and Glory (performed by Humphrey Bower, one of my favorite narrators of all time).
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