Library Ed. Bolinda Audio 2004
CS ISBN 1740932889 $64.00 Eight cassettes
CD ISBN 1740933745 $72.00 Nine CDs
Flanagan's fact-based fiction is a miraculously vulgar and sensationally evocative listen. The story of Billy Gould, a convict who has been sent to Van Dieman's Land, a Tasmanian penal colony, in 1828, reveals in graphic detail both the essence of inhumanity and bizarre acts of humanity. This vivid description of prison life combined with the story's surrealistic miracles could be a life-changing experience for the listener. Taking his cue from the enormous imagination of the author, Humphrey Bower catches the excessive vitality of Gould. Sometimes the manic pace of his narration overwhelms the novel's quieter moments, but the convict himself would probably not be disturbed. Prepare yourself to be drawn in, tossed about, horrified, and totally dazzled. B.H.B. 2005 Audie Award Finalist (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/ NOV 04]
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