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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: June 2012 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Rochelle | 1/30/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/27/2014

    " Pure magic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/13/2014

    " This was a wonderful and entertaining read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 12/29/2013

    " The book to make you homesick if you're an Australian living overseas. I loved the book and have re-read several times, falling in love with it each time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 12/14/2013

    " Greek mythology meets Scheharezade set in a more contemporary Australia. And lots and lots of trees. Lyrical but kind of tiresome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyson | 12/9/2013

    " Bit slow to start and somewhat predictable however being a gardener I really enjoyed the journey through the species. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Thompson | 12/8/2013

    " A wonderful fairy tale set in Australia. I got it at a book sale as an ironic buy, as we are fighting our eucalyptus trees' parasite that makes them drop leaves all summer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 12/3/2013

    " Love this story just like I love Australia. Wonderful fairy tale and so well written....yummm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenna | 12/2/2013

    " This is a gorgeous book. Shimmering, humid and rich. Engaging, classic storytelling and beautiful imagery - it depicts an Australia that is equally harsh and gentle, arid and lush. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Montgomery | 11/19/2013

    " This is a wonderful stories within a story story. And a good story about life in the rural areas of Australia at the turn of the 1900's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Myra | 9/21/2013

    " One that I have to re-read every couple of years. A lovely and weird love story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry (sethurner) | 8/20/2013

    " I am a sucker for novels that use a fairy tale format. Here a "princess" named Ellen is only allowed to marry a "prince" who can name all of her father's eucalyptus trees. The story is beautifully written, the characters appealing, and the novel isn't very long. I enjoyed it very much. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bluesky | 5/24/2013

    " I really really wanted to like this book ... tried several times to read it but alas I found it tedious and curmudgeonly. What was all the fuss about?? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Cunningham | 5/4/2013

    " this one seems like a book rife with english paper possibilities. as a casual reader, if you can get beyond the huuuundreds of species of eucalypts described within, the actual love story is pretty heartfelt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam Christopher | 2/21/2013

    " Well written. Lyrical. Bail ironically presents a beautiful picture of Australia's landscape while exploring the nature of romanticism in Australian landscape historically depicted by Australian authors. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ellen | 1/12/2013

    " I hated this book. Actually I started out liking it but then Ellen met the man under the tree and it ended up being all his stories. Got to the point where I didn't care whether Ellen got married or not. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi | 11/9/2012

    " This book at times was really beautiful The story at the heart of it was great. but for the most part, for me, it was trying too hard, if that makes sense. If I had to read about one more Eucalyptus tree I was going to scream. It just was too too. Not my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Chapple | 10/26/2012

    " Unusual and lovely book; a modern fairy tale "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandi Donnelly | 7/21/2012

    " Another Australian author - This is another story told through a series of stories, and I loved it. I read the entire book in one sitting and thought the story telling was fantastic. It's not an earth shattering plot though, so some people might find it uninteresting/boring. "

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