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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (152 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Keneally Narrator: Jane Nola Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Naomi and Sally Durance are daughters of a dairy farmer from the Macleay Valley. Bound together in complicity by what they consider a crime, when the Great War begins in 1914 they hope to submerge their guilt by leaving for Europe to nurse the tides of young wounded. They head for the Dardanelles on the hospital ship Archimedes. Their education in medicine, valour, and human degradation continues on the Greek island of Lemnos, then on the Western Front.

Here, new outrages - gas, shell-shock - present themselves. Naomi encounters the wonderful, eccentric Lady Tarlton, who is founding a voluntary hospital near Boulogne; Sally serves in a casualty clearing station close to the front. They meet the men with whom they would wish to spend the rest of their lives.

Inspired by the journals of Australian nurses who gave their all to the Great War effort and the men they nursed, The Daughters of Mars is vast in scope yet extraordinarily intimate. A stunning tour de force to join the best First World War literature, and one that casts a penetrating light on the lives of obscure but strong women caught in the great mill of history.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Amy | 2/15/2014

    " I gave it 50 pages and put it down. I didn't like the author's writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alan | 2/13/2014

    " Set during the Great War (1914-1918), The Daughters of Mars follows two estranged sisters who independently sign up as nurses treating Australian combat troops in first Egypt and later in northern France. A slightly longer book than I normally have patience for, it's a mostly downbeat depiction of the appalling injuries of that particular war and of conflict in general. Good characters with a clever ending. 4/5 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Christine | 2/12/2014

    " At times almost overwhelming in the descriptions of the horror but not to the point where it is gratuitous. The relationship between the two sisters is sensitively realized and authentic. I loved this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Fiona | 2/2/2014

    " Very powerful read, and it just reinforces to me why I respect Anzac Day "

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