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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (591 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Flanagan Narrator: Humphrey Bower Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN:
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An extraordinary achievement, The Unknown Terrorist is chilling, impossible to put down, and all too familiar.

What would you do if you turned on the television and saw you were the most wanted terrorist in Australia? Gina Davies is about to find out.

From the author of the international bestsellers The Sound of One Hand Clapping and Gould's Book of Fish comes a fast-paced thriller that paints a devastating picture of contemporary Australia.

Five days, three unexploded bombs, and every truth of your life turned into a lie. What would you do? 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 Jillwilson | 2/1/2014

    " It was interesting reading this at the moment given the almost voyeuristic overkill of the 9/11 anniversary.This is a highly political nobel, even a polemic, arguing that almost anyone can be turned into a 'terrorist' given our shock-jock media, two second sound bites and the loss of civil rights through anti-terrorism legislation. It's not the best writing in the world - Flanagan has adapted the thriller genre so none of the characters are fully formed and there are was too many coincidences. It's written in the kind of bitterness that these times seem to create. (Like going to a dinner party where everyone is depressed about the current government and there is no source of hope). Our bookclub discussed it - and the next day I read about the 50 new pieces of security legisation that had come into being in Australia post 9/11 - it's real. Alan Jones is real. Politicians distort events for their own ends. All real. It's just hard to get away with a novel that's so unrelenting in its anger. Interestingly, the topic that occupied us the longest was the one sex scene in the book. Very hard to talk about, sex, because it's so personal and what is one man's turn-on is definitely not for someone else. That became clear in the discussion. We were trying to think of examples of men writing well about sex (for women). I expect that we wouldn't necessarily agree even if we could think of some examples to start with. (Let me add though, that sex is definitely not central to the novel though the main chacater is a pole dancer.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melke | 1/19/2014

    " I found this was a book that I couldn't put down as I wanted to see what happened next (though it did drag in some places). Definitely worth reading, and quite a daunting scenario when you think about it. "

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

    " Strong, dark, unrelenting. Powerful critique of today's society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Selma Copper | 1/3/2014

    " Richard Flanagan does an excellent job of making the characters come alive. He clearly displays mastery of a great novelist and moves the reader through the story with wild expections of suspence. The Doll is such a believable character, in that she could be your friend, a next door neighbor or someone you say on the 11:00 news. To have shaved her head and disquiesed herself, gives the reader the image of transformation from a pole dancer to a victum, and lastly a murder, but for a good caused. If you want a good read, The Unknow Terroist is the book that you should read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/23/2013

    " Not my cup of tea. Unfortunately, description of the book was more riveting than the book itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya Gerald | 12/22/2013

    " Good book, quick read. Takes place in Australia. Makes you think, but easy to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 12/11/2013

    " Not the most stylistic novel, but Flanagan is dead-on in showing how the media has a sort of perverse desire to instill fear in people and can, in a way, bring a whole country to its knees. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Malcolm Brown | 12/8/2013

    " I read one review that said this book managed to be leaden and lightweight at the same time. Spot on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Christen | 11/21/2013

    " A rather sad story about a pole dancer in Sydney mistaken for a terrorist. TOugh to read at times - the pole dancing/stripping - but definitely a page turner. Alot happens in this story and I felt on-edge wanting to know what was going to happen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nik | 10/9/2013

    " It is a good book for anyone wanting to know about life in Sydney. It is an excellent book for anyone wanting more ammunition concerning conspiracy theory. But it is way too long, and the author (imho) spent too much time on details. That was what I least liked about the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anne Toronto1 | 7/24/2013

    " * "The unknown terrorist" by Richard Flanagan had unhappy boring people in sad unpleasant jobs by 25 pages. Even Sydney Australia could not redeem the grungy grime. I skipped to check, two hundred pages later, "miserable, poor, dull, wretched", still boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linde | 2/15/2013

    " Great story line and very gritty portrayal of fear as a motivator. I like this one, but would only recommend to someone who likes strange & odd books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linjea | 10/6/2012

    " Idee boeiend, soms ook wel spannend, maar mijn gedachten dwaalden te vaak af. Hij laat de hoofdpersoon ook vaak diepe gedachten hebben die niet zo kloppen bij haar karakter,waardoor het allemaal wat geforceerd overkomt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline Gordon | 8/31/2012

    " A superb critique of the climate of fear and the loss of personal freedoms, so hard won over many centuries now being wittled away. No one is spared from Flanagan's barbs, Sydney Morning Herald readers, suburbanites all get their serve. A great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 8/19/2012

    " Meh, found it too unbelievable, and not a good enough story without. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 6/12/2012

    " Set in Sydney NSW, this book explores in the form of a novel some of the same themes found in Empire of Illusion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mic | 2/10/2012

    " Nearly good, but in the end too shallow, too obvious, too many amazing coincidences. Never rises above its self-indulgence. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melke | 3/22/2011

    " I found this was a book that I couldn't put down as I wanted to see what happened next (though it did drag in some places). Definitely worth reading, and quite a daunting scenario when you think about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merilee | 1/31/2011

    " Beautiful writing but relentlessly grim. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stella | 8/27/2010

    " Fast paced thriller, story of a woman caught up in the fear-driven hysteria surrounding terrorism, often shamelessly whipped up into a frenzy by sensationalist media. A satisfying read but left me angry. I enjoyed being drawn back into Sydney as I read particularly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 8/16/2010

    " best ending line to a novel ever! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kai | 7/27/2010

    " bought to have some easy-read contemporary ozzie fiction. hard to get through, kinda lost interest. Not sure if I'll finish this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 6/3/2010

    " Terrorism and mass media. I loved how this book totally criticised the new anti-terrorist laws (Aus). Plus how we chew up fear - want villains, and aren't prepared to question the media and authorities. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Damien | 5/21/2010

    " The Doll, the sleazy underworld, the politics of fear...... a goodread. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 3/23/2010

    " Set in Sydney NSW, this book explores in the form of a novel some of the same themes found in Empire of Illusion. "

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