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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 Bel Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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!


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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