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    • Schindler's List

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 82
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      5 out of 5 stars 82

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story

    • By Mr. B. McLaren on 15-04-19

    Regular price: £34.99

    • 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 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • gook

    • By Arend Goodheir on 27-05-19

    Regular price: £36.69

    • Schindler's List

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Ben Kingsley
    • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 48

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Schindlers List

    • By Maureen Horseman on 29-10-15

    Regular price: £16.89

    • The Commonwealth of Thieves

    • The Story of the Founding of Australia
    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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      5 out of 5 stars 2

    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'. 

    Regular price: £34.99

    • The Book of Science and Antiquities

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Paul Haley
    • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Shade lives with his second wife amid their clan on the shores of a bountiful lake. A peaceable man, he knows that when danger threatens, the Hero ancestors will call on him to kill, or sacrifice himself, to save his people. Over 40,000 years later, Shade's remains are unearthed near the now dry Lake Learned in New South Wales. The sensational discovery fascinates Shelby Apple, a documentary film maker who tracks the controversies it provokes about who the continent's first inhabitants were and where Shade's bones belong.

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Searching for Schindler

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • As moving as it was informative

    • By Schmick 23 on 01-10-16

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Crimes of the Father

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    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: £21.99

    • Schindler's List

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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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: £34.99

    • Bettany's Book

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Ulli Birvé
    • Length: 30 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
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      2.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    Prim, an aid worker in the Sudan, is contacted by her sister Dimp, who is back in Australia. She has come into possession of revealing documents concerning their ancestors: transported from Manchester, their great-grandfather was the son of a convict, while their great grandmother was not only a convict, too, but Jewish. As the story unfolds, through letters and a journal, of how John Bettany made his fortune and of Sarah's time in the notorious Female Factory, the sisters gain new perspectives on their roots.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Boring

    • By Val M. on 14-03-19

    Regular price: £34.99

    • Crimes of the Father

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Topical and well constructed

    • By William on 27-08-17

    Regular price: £34.99

    • The Widow and her Hero

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Beverley Dunn, David Tredinnick
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      1 out of 5 stars 1
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      1 out of 5 stars 1
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      1 out of 5 stars 1

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • poor quality of the reader

    • By kenneth SHARPE MR on 06-12-14

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Napoleon's Last Island

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Edwina Wren, David Tredinnick
    • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4 out of 5 stars 5
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      4 out of 5 stars 5

    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 relationship with an ally: a rebellious British girl, Betsy, who lives on the island with her family and becomes his unlikely friend.

    Regular price: £24.99

    • Shame and the Captives

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Paul English, Heather Bolton
    • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    On the edge of a small town in New South Wales, far from the battlefields of the Second World War, lies a prisoner-of-war camp housing Italian, Korean and Japanese soldiers. For their guards and the locals, many with loved ones away fighting, captive or dead, it is hard to know how to treat them - with disdain, hatred or compassion? Alice, a young woman leading a dull life on her father-in-law's farm, is one of those with a husband held prisoner in Europe.

    Regular price: £18.99

    • Three Famines

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Peter Byrne
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      5 out of 5 stars 1

    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
    • Important account of a terrible subject

    • By Lord Peridot on 29-09-14

    Regular price: £22.89

    • Crimes of the Father

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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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: £34.99

    • The Tyrant's Novel

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Paul English
    • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    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.

    Regular price: £30.49

    • The Commonwealth of Thieves 

    • By: Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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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: £34.99