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  • Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

    Shantaram: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
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    Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

    Amazon Customer says: "Wonderful Book"
  • The Power of One | Bryce Courtenay

    The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (4565)
    Performance
    (3229)
    Story
    (3243)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1 | Bryce Courtenay

    The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (4741)
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    (3644)
    Story
    (3645)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
  • The Little Prince | Antoine de Saint-Exupery,Richard Howard - translator

    The Little Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Richard Howard - translator
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
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    (2087)
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    (1750)
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    (1754)

    A pilot stranded in the desert awakes one morning to see, standing before him, the most extraordinary little fellow. "Please," asks the stranger, "draw me a sheep." And the pilot realizes that when life's events are too difficult to understand, there is no choice but to succumb to their mysteries. He pulls out pencil and paper... And thus begins this wise and enchanting fable that, in teaching the secret of what is really important in life, has changed forever the world for its readers.

    DENNIS says: "quirky sweet"
  • The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan | Robert Kanigel

    The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robert Kanigel
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
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    (142)
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    (141)

    In 1913, a young, unschooled Indian clerk wrote a letter to G. H. Hardy, begging that preeminent English mathematician's opinion on several ideas he had about numbers. Hardy, realizing the letter was the work of a genius, arranged for Srinivasa Ramanujan to come to England. Thus began one of the most remarkable collaborations ever chronicled.

    Roger says: "Thorough and Enjoyable"
  • Shantaram | Gregory David Roberts

    Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (193)
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    (181)
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    (184)

    A novel of high adventure, great storytelling and moral purpose, based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld. In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail.

    Sean Julyan says: "Best book I've ever read"
  • Tommo and Hawk: The Australian Trilogy, Book 2 | Bryce Courtenay

    Tommo and Hawk: The Australian Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (2767)
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    (2047)
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    (2053)

    Brutally kidnapped and separated in childhood, Tommo and Hawk are reunited at the age of 15 in Hobart Town. Together, they escape their troubled pasts and set off on a journey into manhood. From whale hunting in the Pacific to the Maori wars of New Zealand, from the Rocks in Sydney to the miners' riots at the goldfields, Tommo and Hawk must learn each other's strengths and weaknesses in order to survive.

    Angie says: "Brillant Narration"
  • Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3 | Bryce Courtenay

    Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2084)
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    (1517)
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    (1516)

    Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

    John says: "Not what I hoped for."
  • Tandia | Bryce Courtenay

    Tandia

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1902)
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    (1303)
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    Tandia is a child of all Africa: half Indian, half African, beautiful and intelligent, she is only sixteen when she is first brutalized by the police. Her fear of the white man leads her to join the black resistance movement. With her in the fight for justice is the one white man Tandia can trust, the welterweight champion of the world, Peekay. Now he must fight their common enemy in order to save both their lives.

    Thomas Andrews says: "Thanks for this wonderful collaboration"
  • Jessica | Bryce Courtenay

    Jessica

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (930)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (592)

    Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob: but will justice prevail in the courts? Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity.

    Robert says: "Jessica is a hidden gem!"
  • Four Fires | Bryce Courtenay

    Four Fires

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1490)
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    (1114)
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    The four fires in this story are passion, religion, warfare, and fire itself. While there are many more fires that drive the human spirit, love being perhaps the brightest flame of all, it is these four that have moulded us most as Australian people. The four fires give us our sense of place and, for better or for worse, shape our national character.

    Robert says: "Hit in the solar plexus"
  • The Persimmon Tree | Bryce Courtenay

    The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (2250)
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    (1744)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    CBDC says: "An excellent sequel"
  • Fishing for Stars | Bryce Courtenay

    Fishing for Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (696)
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    (510)
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    (513)

    Nicholas Duncan is a semi-retired shipping magnate who resides in idyllic Beautiful Bay in Indonesia, where he is known as the old patriarch of the islands. He is grieving the loss of his beautiful Eurasian wife, Anna, and is suffering for the first time from disturbing flashbacks to WWII, the scene of their first meeting and early love. His other wartime lover is the striking Marg Hamilton, a powerful and influential political player in Australia who has remained close to Nick.

    Johnnie Walker says: "Audible Bought the Wrong Book"
  • Fortune Cookie | Bryce Courtenay

    Fortune Cookie

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (507)
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    (423)
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    It's the 1960s and the world of advertising is coming alive - and it's an exciting world to be part of. Simon Wong, a Chinese-Australian and promising young advertising executive, is sent to Singapore to establish an office. He finds himself thrust into an environment that is at once strangely familiar and profoundly different; one where the rules that govern behaviour - both in business and in personal life - differ wildly from what he is used to. And where all is not what it appears to be.

    Anne says: "Brilliant!!"
  • Jasper Jones | Craig Silvey

    Jasper Jones

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Craig Silvey
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Late on a hot summer night in the tail end of 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of 13, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan. Rebellious, mixed-race, and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress. Jasper takes him through town and to his secret glade in the bush, and it's here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper's horrible discovery....

    Cynthea Wellings says: "What an Excellent Book"
  • The Story of Danny Dunn | Bryce Courtenay

    The Story of Danny Dunn

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
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    (466)
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    (370)
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    At just 16 years Danny Dunn has everything going for him: brains, looks, sporting aptitude - and luck with the ladies. His mother steers him towards a university education, but with just six months of his degree to go, he signs up for the AIF, driven by a desire to serve his country and plain wanderlust. Danny serves in South-east Asia, spends three and a half years as a POW, and returns a broken man, embittered and facially disfigured. He is scared and overwhelmed by the need to sort himself out, to find out who the hell he is....

    Eddie says: "Oh Danny Boy!"
  • Brother Fish | Bryce Courtenay

    Brother Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1919)
    Performance
    (1177)
    Story
    (1176)

    From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

    Prsilla says: "And a Cast of Thousands!"
  • Whitethorn | Bryce Courtenay

    Whitethorn

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (550)

    From the author of The Power of One comes a new novel about Africa. The time is 1939. White South Africa is a deeply divided nation with many of the Afrikaner people fanatically opposed to the English. The world is also on the brink of war, and South Africa elects to fight for the Allied cause against Germany. Six-year-old Tom Fitzsaxby finds himself in The Boys Farm, an orphanage in a remote town in the high mountains, where the Afrikaners side fiercely with Hitler's Germany.

    Karin says: "Whitethorn"
  • The Turning | Tim Winton

    The Turning

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Tim Winton
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower, Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (61)
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    (45)
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    Here are turnings of all kinds - changes of heart, nasty surprises, slow awakenings, sudden detours - where people struggle against the terrible weight of the past and challenge the lives they have made for themselves. Beautifully crafted, and as tender as they are confronting, these elegiac stories examine the darkness and frailty of ordinary people and celebrate the moments when the light shines through.

    Karen Campbell says: "It just got better and better"
  • The Great Gatsby | F. Scott Fitzgerald

    The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (54)
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    (48)
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    (50)

    Considered one of the all-time great American works of fiction, Fitzgerald’s glorious yet ultimately tragic social satire on the Jazz Age encapsulates the exuberance, energy and decadence of an era. After the Great War, the mysterious Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, pursues wealth, riches and the lady he lost to another man with stoic determination. He buys a mansion across from her house and throws lavish parties to entice her. When Gatsby finally does reunite with Daisy Buchanan, tragic events are set in motion.

    Sarah says: "Love this Version"
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