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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,045 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Grenville Narrator: Nicholas Bell Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2008 ISBN:
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Simultaneous release of the new novel by the author of the universally acclaimed prize-winner The Secret River, The Lieutenant is a major new novel that will captivate readers and continues the author's enthralling exploration of historical themes.

Set a quarter of a century before The Secret River, at the moment when the British arrive in Australia, The Lieutenant tells an unforgettable story about friendship, language and power.

In 1787 Lieutenant Thomas Rooke sets sail from Portsmouth with the First Fleet and its cargo of convicts, destined for New South Wales. As a young officer and a man of science, the shy and quiet Rooke is full of anticipation about the natural wonders he might discover in this strange land on the other side of the world.

After the fleet arrives in Port Jackson, Rooke sets up camp on a rocky and isolated point, and starts his work of astronomy and navigation. It's not too long before some of the Aboriginal people who live around the harbour pay him a visit. One of them, a girl named Tarunga, starts to teach him her own language. But her lessons and their friendship are interrupted when Rooke is given an order that will change his life forever.

Inspired by the 1790 notebooks of William Dawes in which he recorded his conversations with a young Gadigal woman, The Lieutenant is a story about a man discovering his true self in extraordinary circumstances. 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 Caroline | 2/15/2014

    " Colonial Australia narrated by a postmodern Jiminy Cricket. Enjoyable, and even occasionally interesting, but also a bit self-indulgent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 2/14/2014

    " I enjoyed this book tremendously. It gave a great insight to very early Australia - another book of Kate Grenville's I couldn't put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mackay | 2/10/2014

    " A quiet, moving story about a quiet, dry man involved in the original settling of New South Wales. The titular lieutenant, Rooke, joins the voyage out as a stand-in for the Astronomer Royal, to check on a theory of comets. Rooke comes to befriend an Aboriginal girl, who teaches him her language and very much more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Moffat | 1/29/2014

    " Based on real life events, this easy to read and charming novel focuses on a super-intelligent lieutenant who undergoes the experience of discovering new south wales while attempting to communicate with the Aboriginies. Enjoyable for anyone with an interest in that period of time. "

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

    " A well-written book about an astronomer (aspergers? maybe) who is among the first British soldiers to make contact with the people of New South Wales. The last few pages were a bit disappointing, but apparently the story was based on the life of a real person. I guess that makes the last few pages disappointing, but true. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/21/2014

    " I liked it, although I prefer books with more characters and sub-plots. Only the main character was developed. This felt like a novella that had big print to make it look like a novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 1/20/2014

    " A lovely story. Easy to read, whilst touching my heart. Another gem by a brilliant author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Astrid | 1/19/2014

    " Nydelig "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharyn O'neill | 1/11/2014

    " Ideas this book while out camping in Australian bush land... It brought to home what these people must have experienced... An interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 1/2/2014

    " I love Kate's writing style. She describes moments of intimacy and connection so beautifully and tenderly. I loved her imagining of the meeting between the First Fleeters and the Cadigal tribes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachelfm | 1/1/2014

    " I loved the perspective of the main character, as he shifted his detailed, preternatural attention from astronomy to linguistics. This fascinating novel makes me want to read about William Dawes, the man on whom this story was based. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phemie London | 12/30/2013

    " The second in a trilogy by Kate Grenville about the settling of Australian by British convicts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cat | 12/16/2013

    " Bit empty in terms of plot - it would have been what i'd call a gentle story, only it was quite violent in theme - some nice parts but a bit disjointed in terms of characterisation, and a disappointing flash forward ending - could have been a good book in the missed bits! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherubsmummy | 12/10/2013

    " A fascinating insight into relationships between the colonists and indigenous Australians. Kate Grenville helps us to immerse ourselves in another time with her fabulous descriptions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne Hyland | 8/11/2013

    " still well-researched and love anything based on Australian history but not as good as her first work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan Gonnella | 7/12/2012

    " Loved the interaction between the unconvinced English army officer and the local aborigine community after the first European landings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhys Ethan | 3/30/2012

    " I read this novel as part of coursework and oh boy I'm glad I did. The story is captivating and beautifully told. Grenville has an amazing talent in crafting a story based on a real person and tells a heartbreaking story which is ultimately about the choices we make and the effect they have. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 10/29/2011

    " Titles have so much bearing on whether or not I pick up a book. this one doesn't say much. And, if it hadn't been on a shelf at the thrift store, I might never have given it a second look. I'm glad I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophie | 9/3/2011

    " I love Kate Grenville's writing and stories. This one was perhaps a little less multi-stranded than previous ones but still excellent. Recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nene | 4/24/2011

    " Lovely book about a young astronomer who accompanies his Majesty's first shipment of convicts to New South Wales. The book's focus is on this brilliant but innocent young man's meeting with the Aboriginees. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 3/25/2011

    " That's "leftenant" to you. A truly beautifully written book and really inspiring after so many depressing books about the woes of colonization. Not that colonization wasn't a woeful experience, but there were a few thoughtful souls who tried to make a difference. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 3/20/2011

    " a good story, I'm sure...
    felt a little uncomfortable reading it though, I think I might have liked it better at another time, in another state of mind "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 3/19/2011

    " The background was interesting but the story took until the second half of the book to get going "

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

    " I love Kate's writing style. She describes moments of intimacy and connection so beautifully and tenderly. I loved her imagining of the meeting between the First Fleeters and the Cadigal tribes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 2/21/2011

    " She is a mastermind at capturing the isolation of the main character and his moral dilemma. It also portrays the beauty and untouched nature of Australia when first colonized. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eben | 2/20/2011

    " Clever story. However, I felt that it ended a bit too abruptly. It was written fairly well and I enjoyed learning Southern astronomy and about New South Wales culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pj | 2/11/2011

    " A very good story with a sound foundation that could have been excellent with a little more development. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Esther | 1/8/2011

    " Very interesting. But could easily put the bookd down and not return. Glad I finished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 1/7/2011

    " A well done historical novel that reminded me of Geraldine Brooks books. Her descriptions of the life of the young lieutenant are very well done. The overall story was a little weak, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 12/30/2010

    " Daniel Rooke has to choose between doing his duty and maintaining the loyalty to the Aboriginals he has befriended. Gentle, thought provoking and beautifully written, this book was based on the historical records of a real person. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheila | 12/6/2010

    " Interesting, but not really much of a plot. I liked the fact that the story took place during the early years of Australia's inhabitation by the British, but I was disappointed there wasn't more of a plot. The final chapter describes his final 50 years in a just a few pages. "

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