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A COMMONWEALTH OF THIEVES The Improbable Birth of Australia

by | Read by Simon Vance

History • 13.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2006

The author of SCHINDLER'S LIST presents a lucid account of the founding of modern Australia. We follow the story's protagonists through four years of hardship and eventual achievement in the penal colony near Botany Bay, set up by the British in 1788. The casual listener might wonder at the choice of Simon Vance, with his cultured British intonations, as reader. But during the story's time period the distinctive Aussie accent had not yet evolved. Moreover, Vance's low-key, friendly tone invites the listener in, and since all those involved except the aborigines are English, Irish, or Scots, his voice fits well. D.R.W. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/ JUL 07]



Trade Ed. • Tantor Media • 2006

CD ISBN 9781400102914 $37.99 • Ten CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 1400152917 $24.99 • Two MP3-CDs

DD ISBN $17.49


Library Ed. • Tantor Media • 2006

CD ISBN 1400132916 $75.99 • Ten CDs

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