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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,568 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Murray Bail Narrator: Robert Menzies Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A man called Holland, living on a remote estate in New South Wales, planted on his land a collection of all eucalyptus trees known to man. He then set, for his beautiful and only daughter Ellen, one of those traps essential to fairy tales: only a man who could correctly name each tree in his vast collection could have her hand in marriage.

On a country property a man named Holland lives with his daughter Ellen. Over the years, as she grows into a beautiful young woman, he plants hundreds of different gum trees on his land. When Ellen is 19 her father announces his decision: she will marry the man who can name all the species of eucalypt, down to the last tree.

Suitors emerge from all corners, including the formidable, straight-backed Mr Cave, world expert on the varieties of eucalypt. And then, walking among her father's trees, Ellen chances on a strange young man who in the days that follow tells her dozens of stories set in cities, deserts, faraway countries.

Haunting and mesmerising, Eucalyptus illuminates the nature of storytelling itself.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by BookScout | 2/18/2014

    " An antipodean fable for the child in us. Short and sweet with a neat twist. Not a book to change the world, but it doesn't pretend to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chandler | 2/7/2014

    " At times the prose was very strange (in an interesting way) and the reader must fill in both gaps and quiet spaces. A memorable read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Nerida Hart | 2/7/2014

    " I wanted to enjoy this book but constantly found myself skimming along looking for some dialogue that would help me get to know the main characters. If you don't enjoy a narrative style book then this one isn't for you. I found the characters hard to relate to, I found the endless "stories" within the book to be depressing and distracting and I found the information about all the eucalyptus trees to be rather boring (after the 40th description). There was no magic in this book for me "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rochelle | 1/30/2014

    " Another one from along time ago, but I recall enjoying the use of language and feeling it was very Australian. "

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