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3.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 5 3.47 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Keneally Narrator: Jane Nolan Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2013 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 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 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 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 Fiona | 2/2/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Orville | 1/27/2014

    " Really good book about ordinary people who suffer the consequences of other people's decisions during the first world war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhiann | 1/18/2014

    " 41/2. Great book. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathalie | 1/9/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. There were parts of the description that dragged making the book too long. It is both a pro and a con that I didn't feel a deep connection with the characters: A con because it may have been nice to care who lived or died, and a pro because it made the book much less stressful than it could have been had I felt strongly about the characters' well-being. Only one event made me deeply sad. It's worth reading if you enjoy historical wartime fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 1/4/2014

    " This is a remarkable evocation of the contribution of Australian nurses in WW1. It is a large book that took me only two nights to read as it is so compelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith | 12/30/2013

    " could not put this book down.......... thank you tom keneally!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ananda | 11/11/2013

    " I found it slow to get into this book...I didn't really like the characters at first but as I read it became more compelling. The thing that kept me going was the writing. It is written well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janine | 11/5/2013

    " This was my first Thomas Keneally book and while I enjoyed the subject matter I didn't like the writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 11/1/2013

    " This is my first book by this eminent Australian author - a terrific and exhaustive story of two Australian sister who are nurses at the front during the first world war. Riveting reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alison | 10/3/2013

    " Had to give up by page 87, was really not getting into it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hayley | 8/16/2013

    " Have read many books about the first world war but this one I found it hard to connect to any of the characters. Was very difficult to get into and the ending although unexpected seemed a cop out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 7/23/2013

    " Another gritty foray into WWI. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret Jean | 7/16/2013

    " Analysis of Sally's character is brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kellie Van | 4/23/2013

    " Great book but poorly edited. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garth Johnson | 4/19/2013

    " a great first world war novel. I found the Gallipoli scenes really gripping. A sad strange ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethj | 4/17/2013

    " I really enjoyed the plot but I kept getting lost with the language. I guess I'm just being a lazy reader, but I found myself having to re-read many paragraphs as it just wasn't sinking in. But overall it was an amazing novel and I found a good connection with the main characters. "

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