A Commonwealth of Thieves - Thomas Keneally (Unabridged)

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This torrent is a good compliment to a previous UL of mine: "The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding" as this book focuses in, and expands on, the first five years of the New South Wales penal colony. At the book's center is the relationship between Arthur Phillip, the pragmatic first governor, and Woollarawarre Bennelong, the Aborigine who eventually served as a liaison between the settlers and natives.
There are two complete & unabridged versions of the audiobook in this torrent . . . you can choose either the mp3 version (each chapter is a single file, 32 files in total -- plus an m3u file for your convenience), or you can choose the fully chapterized m4b version for iPod, iPhone, iPad, or similar devices (2 chapterized files with chapter illustrations -- NOTE: You will find the photo descriptions on your iPos chapter menu along with it's appropriate chapter title). Both versions are at 64 kb/s (the same rate as the orig. files). The m4b is also already fully tagged for iTunes (you will find the complete info text--including the full Table of Contents--on your lyrics window, and the author & narrator biopics on you artwork window).
Included in the torrent are . . .
- an epub version of the book in case you'd like to follow along.
- a Pictorial Companion to the book/audiobook that has over 80 pgs. of illustrations, maps & charts that follow the book chronologically.
- A folder of great maps relating to the book.
- Covers, author & narrator biopics, and an info text.
I hope you like my torrent, and please seed!
A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia
by Thomas Keneally; read by Simon Vance
Tantor Media (November 1, 2006)
Unabridged Edition (Length: 12 hrs., 28 mins.)
Orig. Media: 10 Audio CDs
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TABLE OF CONTENTS . . .
OPENING CREDITS (00:29)
[PHOTO: British Antipodean Colonies, 1786 - 1825]
BOOK ONE [Total Length - 5:53:23]
Chapter One (38:03)
[PHOTO: Duncan Campbell]
Chapter Two (23:44)
[PHOTO: Growing Fear of Crime in Georgian England]
Chapter Three (14:15)
[PHOTO: Arthur Phillip, esq.]
Chapter Four (30:34)
[PHOTO: Sir Evan Nepean]
Chapter Five (21:06)
[PHOTO: 1st Fleet at Cape Town]
Chapter Six (44:02)
[PHOTO: Sirius & Convoy at Botany Bay, 1788]
Chapter Seven (27:11)
[PHOTO: Sydney Cove, Port Jackson. 1788]
Chapter Eight (18:33)
[PHOTO: The Founding of Australia, Jan. 26, 1788, Sydney Cove]
Chapter Nine (16:30)
[PHOTO: The Rev. Richard Johnson]
Chapter Ten (12:18)
[PHOTO: Aborigines & Colonists meet]
Chapter Eleven (28:48)
[PHOTO: Lt. Phillip Gidley King]
Chapter Twelve (26:52)
[PHOTO: Tank Stream, Sydney]
Chapter Thirteen (39:07)
[PHOTO: Arabanoo]
Chapter Fourteen (12:14)
[PHOTO: HMS Sirius]
BOOK TWO {Total Length - 6:34:16]
Chapter Fifteen (22:29)
[PHOTO: HMS Lady Juliana]
Chapter Sixteen (33:38)
[PHOTO: Governor's House at Sydney, Port Jackson 1791]
Chapter Seventeen (07:28)
[PHOTO: Sydney Bay, Norfolk Island, on which the Sirius was wrecked, 19 March 1790]
Chapter Eighteen (15:03)
[PHOTO: Captain Edward Riou]
Chapter Nineteen (15:15)
[PHOTO: John Macarthur & D'Arcy Wentworth]
Chapter Twenty (32:29)
[PHOTO: HMS Neptune of the 2nd Fleet]
Chapter Twenty-One (25:55)
[PHOTO: Woollarawarre Bennelong]
Chapter Twenty-Two (34:36)
[PHOTO: Pemulwuy by James Grant, 1803]
Chapter Twenty-Three (27:03)
[PHOTO: William & Mary Bryant's Escape]
Chapter Twenty-Four (28:43)
[PHOTO: Irish Awaiting Transportation]
Chapter Twenty-Five (18:43)
[PHOTO: George Barrington (1755 - 1804)]
Chapter Twenty-Six (21:00)
[PHOTO: Watkin Tench - Cap'n of Marines on 1st Fleet]
Chapter Twenty-Seven (11:59)
[PHOTO: Aborigine Ritual]
Chapter Twenty-Eight (20:54)
[PHOTO: Lt. Gov., Major Francis Grose]
Chapter Twenty-Nine (34:05)
[PHOTO: Col. David Collins]
EPILOGUE (44:31)
[PHOTO: A Government Jail Gang, Sydney]
CLOSING CREDITS (00:18)
[PHOTO: Thomas Keneally]
SUMMARY . . .
The versatile Keneally commands a loyal readership no matter what topic he addresses. And here it's Australia's origin story of British settlement, which succeeds Robert Hughes' The Fatal Shore (1986). Using the techniques of fiction, accomplished novelist Keneally strives to vivify scenes based on the historical record.
It was 1786 when Arthur Phillip, an ambitious captain in the Royal Navy, was assigned the formidable task of organizing an expedition to Australia in order to establish a penal colony. The squalid and turbulent prisons of London were overflowing, and crime was on the rise. Even the hulks sifting at anchor in the Thames were packed with malcontent criminals and petty thieves. So the English government decided to undertake the unprecedented move of shipping off its convicts to a largely unexplored landmass at the other end of the world.
Using the personal journals and documents that were kept during this expedition, historian/novelist Thomas Keneally re-creates the grueling overseas voyage, a hellish, suffocating journey that claimed the lives of many convicts. Miraculously, the fleet reached the shores of what was then called New South Wales in 1788, and after much trial and error, the crew managed to set up a rudimentary yet vibrant settlement. As governor of the colony, Phillip took on the challenges of dealing with unruly convicts, disgruntled officers, a bewildered, sometimes hostile native population, as well as such serious matters as food shortages and disease. Moving beyond Phillip, Keneally offers captivating portrayals of Aborigines, who both aided and opposed Phillip, and of the settlers, including convicts who were determined to overcome their pasts and begin anew.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR . . .
Thomas Michael Keneally, AO (born 7 October 1935) is an Australian novelist, playwright and author of non-fiction . He is best known for writing Schindler's Ark, the Booker Prize winning novel of 1982 which was inspired by the efforts of Poldek Pfefferberg, a Holocaust survivor. The book would later be adapted to Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Born in Sydney, Keneally was educated at St Patrick's College, Strathfield, where a writing prize was named after him. He entered St Patrick's Seminary, Manly to train as a Catholic priest but left before his ordination. He worked as a Sydney schoolteacher before his success as a novelist, and he was a lecturer at the University of New England (1968ΓΓé¼ΓÇ£70). He has also written screenplays, memoirs and non-fiction books.
ABOUT THE READER . . .
Simon Vance is a stage, TV and film actor who has narrated more than 200 audiobooks for which he has won seven AudioFile earphone awards and three consecutive Audie nominations. He has also been selected as an AudioFile Golden Voice. His most recent BOT narrations include: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson, Naomi Novik's Temeraire series, and D-Day by Anthony Beevor. Formerly a BBC Radio newsreader in London he now resides in Northern California.
NOTE: Simon Vance also goes by the names: Richard Matthews & Robert Whitfield.
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