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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (52 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Keneally Narrator: Peter Byrne Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN:
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This is the story of three terrible famines. The first is an Gorta Mór, the great hunger of Ireland, which began in 1846. The second is the deadly famine that struck Bengal in 1943. The third is the Ethiopian famine, which first sprung up in lethal form in the 1970s under Emperor Haile Selassie and then reappeared under the brutal dictator Mengistu in the 1980s. Keneally visited Eritrea in 1984 to see the effects of this grave event. Tom Keneally shares these three shocking histories with his customary penetrating wisdom, and he presents a controversial theory in his utterly compelling narrative: in all three famines, ideology, mindsets of governments, racial preconceptions and administrative incompetence were, ultimately, more lethal than the initiating blights, the loss of potatoes or rice or the grain named teff.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 10/29/2013

    " Well-structured and easy to read and understand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Anthony | 1/9/2013

    " A highly readable examination of the political impact on three modern famine: the Irish potato famine of the 1840's, the Bengali famine of 1943, and the Ethiopian famines of the 1970's and 1980's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 12/27/2012

    " An eye-opening read that adds to his previous work on the Irish Potato Famine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marzie | 4/6/2012

    " Probably really like 3.5 stars, but giving it 4 for the importance of the topic as a whole. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Batesharbuck | 5/25/2011

    " Okay, I now know waaaay more than I ever thought I wanted to know about the convict ships to Australia. He did give a little more of the Aborigine point of view than you normally get and that was good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 3/8/2011

    " Interesting to hear about the British convicts that first came to Australia. Didn't care for the writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 11/28/2010

    " I thought this was very interesting...very well written and enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 7/22/2010

    " It took me several minutes to read each sentence, they were that difficult. So after several pages, I quit. Too bad, I think it could've been a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arief | 7/11/2010

    " Great historical account with popular touch. Lots of unheard stuff here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 4/17/2010

    " The narrator of this audiobook does an excellent job providing the quoted participants with different voices. If you like history I think you'll find much to enjoy with this one. I loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason | 9/24/2009

    " The title of this book caught my eye, especially being that it was written by the author of Schindler's List! Though I enjoyed the history presented and the amazing detail, there were several chapters that seemed to go ultra-slow for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 6/8/2009

    " I really enjoyed this. The book is written like historical fiction so it has the feel of a "story" but is all based on the journals and records of the time. I wish the author went a little further into the future during the epilogue, but c'est la vie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allan | 2/17/2009

    " Well written blending the engagement of a novel with the accuracy of a historical account. You read yourself into it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Briapedia | 6/16/2008

    " It is interesting but not riveting, but I believe that has more to to with the subject matter rather than the writer. "

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About the Author
Author Thomas KeneallyThomas Keneally began his writing career in 1964 and has published thirty-three novels since, most recently Napoleon’s Last Island, Shame and the Captives, and the New York Times bestselling The Daughters of Mars. His novels include Schindler’s List, which won the Booker Prize in 1982, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest, and Confederates, all of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He has also written several works of nonfiction, including his boyhood memoir Homebush Boy, The Commonwealth of Thieves, and Searching for Schindler. He is married with two daughters and lives in Sydney, Australia.