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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,832 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rose Tremain Narrator: Eleanor Bron Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN:
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Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from Norfolk to New Zealand in search of new beginnings and prosperity. But the harsh land near Christchurch where they settle threatens to destroy them almost before they begin. When Joseph finds gold in the creek he is seized by a rapturous obsession with the voluptuous riches awaiting him deep in the earth. Abandoning his farm and family, he sets off alone for the new gold-fields over the Southern Alps, a moral wilderness where many others, under the seductive dreams of the colour, are violently rushing to their destinies. By turns both moving and terrifying, it is a story of the quest for the impossible, an attempt to mine the complexities of love and in the process discover the sacrifices to be made in the pursuit of happiness. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter Way | 2/6/2014

    " I very much enjoyed 'Music and Silence' and 'Trespass' and having lived in NZ for a while as a child I thought I would give this a go, but I've given up because I'm not engaging with the characters, not the author's fault, mine so I might come back to it at a later date. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie-Ann | 2/2/2014

    " I was looking forward to reading this book. it focuses on a place and time I am not familiar with, however I was disappointed with the flow of the story and the character development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Sandidge | 1/29/2014

    " Excellent writing; interesting historical fiction: the gold rush in New Zealand in the 1800s. I will definitely read other books by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/26/2014

    " Intriguing and somewhat mystical story about the gold rush in New Zealand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheena | 1/15/2014

    " Read on holiday in Pembrokshire "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Huston | 12/30/2013

    " I had a rough time with this one, I just could not get into the story of a young woman making the trek from England to New Zealand, and getting involved in a gold rush. Great descriptive writing, but -- oh well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathyg | 12/11/2013

    " Historical novel takes place in New zealand during the mid - nineteenth century gold rush. Couple -Joseph and Harriet blackstone and his mother immigrate to New Zealand. Growing tensions between the couple. Joseph gets gold rush fever. Very good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cate Forster | 11/30/2013

    " could not really get into this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marsha Sullivan | 4/5/2013

    " One of my favorite books in ages. Loved the story line, the scenery, the plot. The setting of New Zealand and the hardships of those who settled there was interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kathleen | 2/11/2013

    " I wouldn't recommend it although reading about New Zealand and the Goldrush was quite interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 12/24/2012

    " Quite depressing but excellent, some solid truths in this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suzierussell | 9/10/2012

    " Hated it. No characters I cared about. Cold and empty of real feeling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa Jacobsen | 4/30/2011

    " The last third of the book was great. It was overall an interesting read about the gold rush in NZ. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 3/22/2011

    " Turns out I had already read it. Still good though :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 3/6/2011

    " A christmas gift from my Mother = beautiful book full of life and its many sorrows "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arnan | 2/14/2011

    " I found this book in NUS library. It is a sad book, about how money changes everything. I loved how the book ended.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 12/31/2010

    " Love the genre. Ambivalent about the chacters. Enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 12/23/2010

    " This was a little hokey in parts, but I enjoyed the descriptions of the New Zealand wilderness - sounded like the Wild West a bit, definitely captured that frontier vibe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manda | 12/9/2010

    " Great slow burner with some lovely descriptive prose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/6/2010

    " I had a rough time with this one, I just could not get into the story of a young woman making the trek from England to New Zealand, and getting involved in a gold rush. Great descriptive writing, but -- oh well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 9/5/2010

    " A great historical fiction set in New Zealand, about settlers and gold prospecting, centered on the adventures of a woman. "

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About the Author
Author Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain’s bestselling novels have won many awards, including the Orange Prize, the Whitbread Novel of the Year, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Prix Femina Étranger. Restoration, the first of her novels to feature Robert Merivel, was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1989 and made into a film in 1995. She lives in Norfolk and London with her husband, biographer Richard Holmes.

About the Narrator

Eleanor Bron is an English actress whose stage career includes many productions, such as The Clean House, All about My Mother, and In Extremis. On television she has appeared in Fat Friends, Ted and Alice, Hippies, Vanity Fair, and as Patsy’s mother in Absolutely Fabulous. Her film credits include Wimbledon, Iris, and The Little Princess.