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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Carroll Narrator: Humphrey Bower Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN:
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The thing that makes you, it never goes. As relevant to memories as it is to the future. Michael, on his journey, discovers, The Spirit of Progress.

A sleek high-speed train glides silently through the French countryside, bearing Michael, an Australian writer, and his travelling world of memory and speculation. Melbourne, 1946, calls to him: the pressure cooker of the city during World War II has produced a small creative miracle, and at this pivotal moment the lives of his newly married parents, a group of restless artists, a proud old woman with a tent for a home, a journalist, a gallery owner, a farmer and a factory developer irrevocably intersect. And all the while the Spirit of Progress, the locomotive of the new age, roars through their lives like time's arrow, pointing to the future and the post-war world only some of them will enter.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 10/11/2013

    " Lovely tone, and as a Melburnian I enjoyed being transported back to the last days of WWII Melbourne (and figuring out who the 'fictitious' characters were). But pleasant, I guess, rather than anything more. Pleasant is nice though, right? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda Kittelty | 10/28/2012

    " This was just wonderful, can't praise it highly enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joel | 10/27/2012

    " very good. gentle. excellent prose. needed more Melbourne "flavor"... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 George | 4/18/2012

    " An okay read about the characters who meet at a moment in time in 1946 in outer Melbourne. The narrative style is a little unusual and distant. The character development is a little thin and the plot is nearly a non event! Still, the mood of the story makes this book a pleasant read. "

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About the Author

Steven Carroll was born in Melbourne. His first novel, Remember Me, Jimmy James, was published in 1992. The Art of the Engine Driver and The Gift of Speed were short-listed for the Miles Franklin Award, which the final book in the trilogy, The Time We Have Taken, won in 2008. Steven Carroll lives in Melbourne with his partner and son.

About the Narrator

Humphrey Bower is a gifted and versatile actor. Since obtaining a BA in English Language and Literature at Oxford University he has worked extensively in theater, television, and audiobook narration. Humphrey won the prestigious Audie Award for his performance of The Family Frying Pan by Bryce Courtenay, and has been short-listed for an Audie Award for his performances of Gould’s Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan and Brother Fish by Bryce Courtenay. Humphrey’s sensitive and intelligent readings are highly regarded and he is well-known for his capacity to perform a variety of accents. He was won twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards.