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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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    A stunning novel based on the true story of how German war profiteer and factory director Oskar Schindler came to save more Jews from the gas chambers than any other single person during World War II. In this milestone of Holocaust literature, Thomas Keneally, author of Daughter of Mars, uses the actual testimony of the Schindlerjuden - Schindler’s Jews - to brilliantly portray the courage and cunning of a good man in the midst of unspeakable evil.  

    Regular price: $22.67

    • Schindler's List

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Ben Kingsley
    • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
    • Abridged
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    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Abridged books just don't cut it!

    • By Dona on 11-13-11

    Regular price: $15.93

    • The Great Shame

    • And the Triumph of the Irish in the English-Speaking World
    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: John McDonough
    • Length: 35 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 28
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    Thomas Keneally, the Booker Prize-winning author of Schindler’s List, is universally praised for crafting smooth narratives from authentic historical events. With The Great Shame, he turns his insightful eye toward the Irish struggle through the 19h century. In sharp contrast to much of Europe, Ireland was a terrible place to be during the 1800s. Many of the nation’s finest people set sail for America and Canada.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • First read

    • By William H. Grubb(mac) on 04-08-16

    Regular price: $48.99

    • A Commonwealth of Thieves

    • The Improbable Birth of Australia
    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It was 1786 when Arthur Phillip, an ambitious captain in the Royal Navy, was assigned the formidable task of organizing an expedition to Australia in order to establish a penal colony. With the authority of a renowned historian and the narrative grace of a brilliant novelist, Thomas Keneally offers an insider's perspective into the dramatic saga of the birth of a vibrant society in an unfamiliar land.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Very detailed. Paints a vivid picture.

    • By Eric Pietz on 01-30-09

    Regular price: $26.59

    • Schindler's List

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The acclaimed best-selling classic of Holocaust literature, winner of the Booker Prize and the inspiration for the classic film Schindler's List. 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.

    Regular price: $38.17

    • Schindler's List

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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. 

    Regular price: $38.17

    • Crimes of the Father

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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.

    Regular price: $36.20

    • The Commonwealth of Thieves 

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 12 hrs
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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.

    Regular price: $38.17

    • Crimes of the Father

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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.

    Regular price: $38.17

    • Three Famines

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Peter Byrne
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
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    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Clinical Approach to Starvation

    • By Lynn on 01-03-12

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Searching for Schindler

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 41
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    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A bit of a chore to finish.

    • By Cheryl on 01-27-15

    Regular price: $17.13

    • Shame and the Captives

    • A Novel
    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Heather Bolton, Paul English
    • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
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    Alice is a young woman living on her father-in-law's farm on the edge of an Australian country town while her husband is held prisoner in Europe. When Giancarlo, an Italian anarchist at the prisoner-of-war camp down the road, is assigned to work on the farm, she hopes that being kind to him will somehow influence her husband's treatment. What she doesn't anticipate is how dramatically Giancarlo will expand her outlook and self-knowledge.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Unecessarily complicated wording!

    • By Chrissie on 06-13-15

    Regular price: $22.67

    • Napoleon's Last Island

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Edwina Wren, David Tredinnick
    • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
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    A masterful account of Napoleon's final years in exile, by Booker Prize-winning author Thomas Keneally. On the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic ocean, Napoleon spends his last years in exile. It is a hotbed of gossip and secret liaisons, where a blind eye is turned to relations between colonials and slaves. The disgraced emperor is subjected to vicious and petty treatment by his captors, but he forges an unexpected ally: a rebellious British girl, Betsy, who lives on the island with her family and becomes his unlikely friend.

    Regular price: $31.59

    • The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Bruce Kerr
    • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic reading of classic Australian novel

    • By James en Ariège on 05-06-12

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Tyrant's Novel

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Paul English
    • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Two thumbs down

    • By Dennis on 12-11-11

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Crimes of the Father

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Thomas Keneally pulls no punches in this powerful novel about the Catholic Church's attempts to cover up cases of child abuse. Expelled from the archdiocese of Sydney as a young priest for his outspoken views on the Vietnam War, Father Frank Docherty returns to Australia in 1996 to speak at a conference on paedophilia within the Catholic Church. There, he finds himself caught up in the cases of two people who claim to have been sexually abused by an eminent Sydney cleric.

    Regular price: $22.71

    • Searching for Schindler

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
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    In 1980 Thomas Keneally walked into a shop in Beverley Hills to buy a briefcase, an impulse that was to change his life. For the owner, Leopold Pfefferberg, had a story he'd been trying to interest writers and Hollywood in for years. It was the story of Oskar Schindler. In Searching for Schindler, Keneally describes how he went on to discover the full, extraordinary tale of the Aryan who risked his life to save hundreds of Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland, interviewing many of the survivors around the world.

    Regular price: $27.81

    • Shame and the Captives

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Paul English, Heather Bolton
    • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 3
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    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.

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Book of Science and Antiquities

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Paul Haley
    • Length: 10 hrs
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    Two men's lives are linked across millennia in an exquisite exploration of community, country, and what it means to be human by Booker Prize-winner and leading Australian novelist Tom Keneally, author of Schindler's Ark. Shade belongs to a clan living peaceably on the shores of a bountiful lake. When trouble threatens, he knows that the Hero ancestors will ask him to kill, or sacrifice himself, to save his people. Over 40,000 years later, Shade's remains are unearthed near Lake Learned in Western Australia.

    Regular price: $21.81

    • The Widow and her Hero

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Beverley Dunn, David Tredinnick
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
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    In 1943, when Grace and Leo Waterhouse married in Australia, they were part of a young generation ready to sacrifice themselves to win the war, while being confident they would survive. Sixty years on, as Grace recounts what happened to her doomed hero, she can say what she suspected then: that for many men, bravery is its own end.

    Regular price: $27.81

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