Read by Simon Prebble, Jenny Sterlin, Davina Porter, et al.
This vast novel of Victorian adventure, which won the 2000 Whitbread Award, is told by a rotation of first-person voices. The main characters include a piratical captain smuggling stolen goods and other contraband from hither to yon, the English passengers he has been forced to take in order to finance his voyage, and various inhabitants of present-day Tasmania, both European and indigenous. The English passengers think they are going to find the historical Garden of Eden in Van Deiman's Land; they aren't. The seven readers, who include Simon Prebble, Jenny Sterlin, Patrick Tull, and Davina Porter, could not possibly be better, but spiraling from the voice of one dislikable, benighted or comic opera character to the next, with no connecting narrative tissue, makes the experience less than compelling. B.G. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/SEP 02]
Fiction 20.5 hrs. Unabridged ©2000
Book pak Recorded Books/ Clipper 2002
CS ISBN 1841972584 $126.00 / $20.50(R) Fifteen cassettes
CD ISBN 1402515413 $168.00/ $22.50(R) Seventeen CDs