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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (159 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Xavier Herbert Narrator: Humphrey Bower Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Here is the book that inspired Baz Luhrmann's Australia, the sweeping classic film of outback Australia. This is a true Australian classic - now available in audio for the first time.

Spanning three generations, Capricornia tells the story of Australia's North. It is a story of whites and Aborigines and Asians, of chance relationships that can form bonds for life, of dispossession, murder and betrayal.

In 1904 the brothers Oscar and Mark Shillingsworth, clad in serge suits and bowler hats, arrive in Port Zodiac on the coast of Capricornia. They are clerks who have come from the South to join the Capricornian Government Service. Oscar prospers and takes to his new life as a gentleman. Mark, however, is restless, and takes up with old Ned Krater, a trepang fisherman, who tells him tales of the sea and the islands, introduces him to drink, and boasts of his conquests of Aboriginal women - or black velvet as they are called. But it is Mark's son, Norman, whose struggles to find a place in the world embody the complexities of Capricornia itself. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nocheevo | 6/4/2013

    " A slightly forgotten Australian classic. One of those sweeping historical epics, this time covering the development (in the white blokes' way) of Australia's north. Some may have a problem with the now considered racist terms used but over all it seems to capture the times well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julie | 11/14/2011

    " An intriguing tale set in The Northern Territories years ago. At times a little difficult to read due to the language, but this makes it all the more authentic, I feel. It takes a while to get through, so set aside at least a couple of days during a holiday spell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jane | 8/4/2010

    " Dickensian! A most enjoyable read, and probably should be read by pretty much anyone Australian or living in Australia. Heaps of characters, most of them just there to get the author's ideas out, which is fine: he has some ideas worth considering. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Wendy | 8/24/2009

    " I don't think I could even finish the first chapter. I was really disappointed as I thought I'd love a book about Australia's history. I hate to put a book down; maybe I'll try again but it will be much, much later... "

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