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3.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 5 3.72 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Flanagan Narrator: Humphrey Bower Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN:
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  • Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, 2002.
  • Shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, 2002.
  • Winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, 2002.

Once upon a time that was called 1828, before all the living things on the land and the fishes in the sea were destroyed, there was a man named William Buelow Gould, a convict in Van Dieman's Land who fell in love with a black woman and discovered too late that to love is not safe. Silly Billy Gould, invader of Australia, liar, murderer, forger, fantasist, was condemned to live in the most brutal penal colony in the British Empire, and there ordered to paint a book of fish. Once upon a time, miraculous things happened....

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brittany | 2/13/2014

    " Intresting, and it makes you really think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 2/9/2014

    " I read this years ago during a summer holiday... I remember it being bizarre, but good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 2/7/2014

    " It doesn't get much darker than this. Fantastic read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael Burge | 1/17/2014

    " A book of fish, for which it seemed, through its first section, a lifetime of enjoyment might spring. But when filled with its briny incoherence and exhaustive burley, I struggled to endure my term inside its overblown walls. A mystery as to why its lengthy span hauled so many into its faithless net. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 1/12/2014

    " A definite modern classic. Like all of my favorite books and poems, this seems to have so much to say that I've only gotten a tiny fraction of it on the first go-round. Tristram Shandy (my favorite novel of all time) is the only other book I can think of that so dense, funny and formally innovative. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennie | 12/16/2013

    " I wanted to slit my wrists after 2 chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shiv Govindan | 11/11/2013

    " Just getting on this service. This is a great piece of modern fiction... i highly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pips | 10/17/2013

    " This is an all-out weird story, but a pretty fantastic portrait of prisoner colonies in Australia. I enjoyed the vivid descriptions and surprising twists. It makes me think twice when I go into an antique store... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alanna | 10/16/2013

    " This was both wonderful and impassable for me. With wonderful sweeping descriptions and dialogues, one felt truly romanced by the prose, and yet at the same time giddy from the whirls of their dance partner and, ultimately, needing to step out for a breath of fresh air and not return to the floor... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 9/25/2013

    " I've read this before - or at least the I just read again. It is eerily familiar. I don't recall if I ever finished it, but I am admittedly not in the mood for prison fiction, however fascinatingly it is crafted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil | 8/4/2012

    " Clever writing. A literary card trick. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cat | 1/4/2012

    " prepare for a very strange book, confusing and disturbing, but clever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mimi | 10/6/2011

    " What an amazing Rabelaisian romp in Tasmania this is, demented, exuberant, based on a true story of a 19th century convict become fish painter, full of horrors of penal life on that Island & the horrible treatment of the aboriginals, but funny! Incredible language. a 4.5! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hayley | 4/30/2011

    " The hardback edition is incredible. (Because it actually differs from the paperback edition, SHANNON.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 3/14/2011

    " A chilling account of the early history of convict Tasmania. The bound edition is very beautiful. There are some strange ideas, fantastical but penetratingly real at the same time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thenewcinders | 2/9/2011

    " A dull story line but some of the most beautiful prose I have ever read - and some great philosophy embedded into it. Despite not grabbing my attention with the plot, I was moved and prodded into thought continually. A great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eoin | 1/30/2011

    " 3.3 Enjoyable and surprising, this is one of those books that convince you the world is a stranger and more wonderful place than you imagined. The only real imperfect is that Peter Carey (and, to a lesser extent, Danielewski) has covered almost all this ground better. Worth it for the coda. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sam | 1/9/2011

    " Found this dense and difficult to finish "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandyboy | 12/10/2010

    " really quite an astounding book until the last 5 pages when it sinks under the weight of it's own ambition - or to put simply when it all turns to shit. a real shame for the first 395 pages odd it is a work of wonder and art. actually the hell with the last 5 pages this is a brillant book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 8/5/2010

    " My favorite book of all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth Ann | 7/29/2010

    " The author is extremely talented. I don't question that, but this book bothered me. It felt too wordy, pretentious, and poetic to love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 6/6/2010

    " Don't let the title put you off, this is an amazing book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 4/13/2010

    " I finished this and immediately wanted to read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Buddy | 2/8/2010

    " a strange and wonderful tale which is wondrously imaginative "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avra | 1/18/2010

    " A truly great piece of literary fiction, reminding me once again they put something in the water over there in Australia. "

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About the Author
Author Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan is the author of the novels Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, and Wanting. He lives in Tasmania.

About the Narrator

Humphrey Bower earned his BA in English literature from Oxford University. He has worked extensively in theater, television, and audiobook narration, for which he won the prestigious Audie® Award in 2002.