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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (504 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joan London Narrator: Deidre Rubenstein Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2005 ISBN:
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Edith and Frances, living with their mother on a tiny farm in the south-east of Australia, are visited by their cousin Leopold and his Armenian friend Aram. The two young men are taking the long way home after working on an archaeological dig in Iraq. It is 1937. The modern world, they say, is waiting to erupt. Among the tales they tell is the story of Gilgamesh, the legendary king of Uruk, in ancient Mesopotamia. Gilgamesh's great journey of mourning after the death of his friend Enkidu, and his search for the secret of eternal life, is to resonate through all of their lives. In 1939, Edith and her young child set off on an impossible journey of their own, to find themselves trapped by the outbreak of war. The story of this journey is the story of encounters and escapes, of friendship and love, of loss and acceptance. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Kilbride | 2/12/2014

    " Fabulous story, easy to read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances Wood | 2/8/2014

    " Such another take on WWII! Beautiful, but sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josie | 12/12/2013

    " I thought this lost momentum towards the end -- I could happily have cut out the last section -- but I liked the sense of place evoked throughout the novel, no matter where Edith was: Nunderup, London, Armenia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 12/1/2013

    " Left me with more questions than answers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yellowbelly | 11/18/2013

    " Loved this book. The description of life in Australia felt true. The story of the sisters, the maternal emotions all came across as honest. A life of adventure, some of it planned and some accidental. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Edwina | 10/31/2013

    " Very stark, love the imagery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Polly-alida | 10/20/2013

    " Read this a few years ago and loved it. Want to re-read to remember why. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Vaughan | 10/10/2013

    " Interesting book. Not so sure about the ending but it was worth a read. Also not so sure about just how credible it is either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Krier | 8/25/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast read with interesting characters and places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louisa | 2/27/2013

    " The story was pretty absorbing and it was really well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 2/14/2013

    " God was I on a weird-ass bent when I read this. I remember it being good though, so yeah. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracyh | 12/11/2012

    " This was a mildly interesting story, but the real reason to read it is Joan London's wonderful writing style. I am now a big fan! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie Jacobsen | 10/24/2012

    " It was awesome. Really awesome. Fascinating look into Armenia during WWII. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bj Travis Thomas | 1/6/2012

    " Australian to Armenia - an ok book but not great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vika Gardner | 1/1/2012

    " Interesting piece of historical fiction, mostly set in Armenia and Australia. Good enough to keep reading, not good enough to make you stay up all night. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sasha Case | 10/22/2011

    " Excellent material; poorly executed. May improve if read when drunk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 10/17/2011

    " lyrical, visual, then ending resolves quickly. I liked the Edith character for her resolve, grit & adaptability. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bev | 10/5/2011

    " I read this book over a year ago. I found it sad, of lives seemingly unfulfilled. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie55 | 8/17/2011

    " A little gem.The Australian interest is especially poignant . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/16/2011

    " Amazing little book. I can FEEL the story. I had to get a map to make sure I DID know where she was going.....Loved it--a little slow at the beginning, but great the rest of the way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yellowbelly | 5/15/2011

    " Loved this book. The description of life in Australia felt true. The story of the sisters, the maternal emotions all came across as honest. A life of adventure, some of it planned and some accidental. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracyh | 1/1/2011

    " This was a mildly interesting story, but the real reason to read it is Joan London's wonderful writing style. I am now a big fan! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fran | 3/24/2010

    " Luminous, fabulous book. Understated, poetic and powerful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 2/28/2010

    " Interesting historical fiction, but not amazing. I was bothered by how passive Edith was toward her own life. The writing was pretty if rather "sparse". I just would have liked to connect more with the characters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Etta | 2/15/2010

    " Sparse writing which was nice in many ways. Some of the Australian phrases were fun, such as "off with the fairies, and "a few kangaroos in the paddock," idioms for "off her rocker." I enjoyed the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 2/10/2010

    " Edith takes off from rural Australia towards the wider world of the Middle East, towing her small illegitimate boy named Jim. Landscapes, war and emotional turmoil and growth make this a wonderful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 1/28/2010

    " Such another take on WWII! Beautiful, but sad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheri | 1/14/2010

    " I'm sorry I wasted my time on this one. It could have been a great book. It had beautiful scenery, fabulous characters but the story went nowhere and ended even worse! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 12/21/2009

    " This book was really different from what I have been reading lately, but I liked it. "

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