A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Thomas Keneally

Narrated By: Simon Vance

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: October 2006

Duration: 12 hours 28 minutes

Summary:

With the authority of a renowned historian and the narrative grace of a brilliant novelist, Thomas Keneally offers an insider's perspective into the dramatic saga of the birth of a vibrant society in an unfamiliar land. "A Commonwealth of Thieves" immerses us in the fledgling penal colony and conjures up colorful scenes of the joy and heartbreak, the thrills and hardships that characterized those first four improbable years. The result is a lively and engrossing work of history, as well as a tale of redemption for the thousands of convicts who started new lives thousands of miles from their homes..

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  • Eve Howard

    Not even Simon Vance could liven this one up. It's not that it wasn't interesting subject matter, but it's mainly a book of measures, both disciplinary and quantity-wise. How many years, how many lashes, how much salt pork, how much space in the holds, etc. The panorama of characters should have made for a more colorful and exciting read but it was mostly just sad. Can't exactly put my finger on what made this book so dull, but it was. Good research, graceful writing but taken as a whole, I would only recommend it to someone who was crazy for historical minutua.