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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,680 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Grenville Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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After a childhood of poverty and petty crime in the slums of London, William Thornhill is sentenced in 1806 to be transported to New South Wales for the term of his natural life. With his wife, Sal, and children in tow, he arrives in a harsh land that feels at first like a death sentence. But among the convicts there is a whisper that freedom can be bought, an opportunity to start afresh. Away from the infant township of Sydney, up the Hawkesbury River, are white men who have tried to do just that. But, as uninhabited as the island appears, Australia is full of native people who also claim the land as their own.

A best seller in Australia, The Secret River is the dramatic story of Grenville's ancestors, who wrested a new life from the alien terrain of Australia and its native people.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jan Chapman | 2/15/2014

    " I can't add anything to the reviews that have already been posted - suffice to say, a brilliant read, thoroughly researched and historically fascinating! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda Clemens | 2/12/2014

    " Well-written, interesting book about a man who is sentenced to death in early 1800s England and has his sentenced commuted to life in the penal colony in New South Wales. His family is allowed to go with him and the story tells how they adapted to their new life. The story is very compelling and it was hard to put the book down. The ending was not the one I was hoping for but was probably the historically realistic ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Diane | 2/10/2014

    " I don't remember why I had this book on my list and when I realized it was about convicts settling Australia in early 1800's, I almost didn't read it - just didn't want any more horror stories of convicts and aboriginal people being brutalized. It is to Grenville's credit as a writer that I became absorbed and mostly enjoyed the book. I ended up liking her approach and I found the main character likable and real and appreciate how Grenville shows the complexity of life in new Australia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Clinton | 2/8/2014

    " Engagingly depicts and humanizes the conflicts of a marginalized convict condemned to colonize. To survive he must victimize the colonized in much the same way he was victimized in England. A excellent exploration of inner-conflict. "

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