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  • Capricornia

  • By: Xavier Herbert
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 23 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Spanning three generationsâ¿¿ Capricornia tells the story of Australia's North. It is a story of whites and Aborigines and Asiansâ¿¿ of chance relationships that can form bonds for lifeâ¿¿ of dispossessionâ¿¿ murder and betrayal. In 1904 the brothers Oscar and Mark Shillingsworthâ¿¿ clad in serge suits and bowler hatsâ¿¿ arrive in Port Zodiac on the coast of Capricornia. They are clerks who have come from the South to join the Capricornian Government Service.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadfully disappointing

  • By Grace on 02-10-10

Dreadfully disappointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-10

I tried really hard with this audiobook - sticking it out for over 8 hours. Such a waste of credit and not even the wonderful Humphrey Bower narrating could save this dire tale of undending misery. The writing is simply awful, with virtually no characterisation and the 'poetic' descriptions are trite to the point of laughability. If you want excellent audiobooks about Australia, go for the brilliant and highly recommended Bryce Courtenay and give this a miss.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • C'est la Folie

  • One Man's Quest for a More Meaningful Life
  • By: Michael Wright
  • Narrated by: Michael Wright
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

One day in late summer, Michael Wright gave up his comfortable South London existence and, with only his long-suffering cat for company, set out to begin a new life. His destination was "La Folie", a dilapidated 15th century farmhouse in need of love and renovation in the heart of rural France.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • C'est formidable !

  • By Timothy on 23-12-12

"C'est la Folie"

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-09

Absolutely entrancing. I've listened to it over and over and it still makes me laugh. A delightful, uplifting book and one which it's easy to dip in and out of - am now looking forward to the next one.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful