• by Peter Carey
  • Narrated by Colin Friels
  • 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

How does a young woman from suburban Melbourne become America's public enemy number one?
When Gaby Baillieux releases the Angel Worm into the computers of Australia's prison system, freeing hundreds of asylum seekers, she sets off a chain reaction. These prisons are run by US companies, and so the doors of some five thousand American institutions have also opened. And to some watching eyes, the secrets of both countries threaten to pour out.
Was this a mistake? Or has the elusive Gaby declared cyberwar on the US, as part of the longstanding covert conflict between the two countries that has as its most outrageous act the CIA-engineered coup of 1975 – a coup so brazen we immediately forgot it as part of our great Amnesia?


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I am sad to say that this still isn't Carey at his best ("Oscar and Lucinda", "Jack Maggs") but pleased to say it is a step up from "His Illegal Self". In plot, it has some truly interesting ideas associated with that quintessential Australian fascination with the Dismissal (akin to say, Watergate in the US or the Cambridge spies in the UK), but those ideas don't really go anywhere. The same might be said of the Angel Worm virus that has Wikileaks like potential. Accepting that the Dismissal of the Whitlam-Labor government is a backdrop to the title reference, and the virus is a device to unite the two principals, their partially shared story just does not make enough of the interesting potential plotlines.
On top of this, Carey continues to pepper his narrative with Oz idiom. Sometimes this works and adds to the flavour of the language, but mostly it seems forced to me and made me cringe. This was made worse by Colin Friels' reading. I love Friels as an actor, but this just does not work in my opinion. First, it is a reading. There is no personification, although there is dramatisation. Secondly, the ocker is just too ocker, even allowing for the 1970's derivative for the action, albeit that nearly all of the action takes place in the Noughties.
I'll keep persisting with Carey because I love some of the earlier work. If you've not read them, then you might be more generous than me about this title. Me, like the protaginists in this title, I'll keep hoping for a better time.
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- Ian C Robertson

Very much enjoyed Amnesia

I rated it midway because it got a little technical for me especially the computing. Moreover, the story became somewhat confusing I thought but then I wish I could write like Mr Carey. I did enjoy it and it is a 'page-turner' so to speak.
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- Brubey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-17-2014
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd