The Barrakee Mystery : Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte

  • by Arthur W. Upfield
  • Narrated by Peter Hosking
  • Series: Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte
  • 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Why was the redoubtable King Henry, an aborigine from Western Australia, killed during a thunderstorm in New South Wales? What was the feud that led to murder after nineteen long years had passed? And who was the woman who saw the murder and kept silent?
This first story of Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte, the half-aborigine detective, takes him to a sheep station in the Darling River bush country where he encounters those problems he understands so well... mixed blood and divided loyalties.
PLEASE NOTE: Part of the appeal of Arthur Upfield's stories lies in their authentic portrayal of many aspects of outback Australian life in the 1930s and through into the 1950s. These books reflect and depict the attitudes and ways of speech of that era particularly with regard to Aborigines and to women. In reproducing this book the publisher does not endorse the attitudes or opinions they express.

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What the Critics Say

"Napoleon Bonaparte, my best detective." (The Daily Express)

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Customer Reviews

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Dated and racist but still poetic.

This book is hard to listen to because it is amazingly racist but yet the descriptions are wonderful and parts of the story are very exciting. The mystery is easy to figure out. Not sure if everyone will like it. The narrator is wonderful. The publisher has put a disclaimer on it because of the racist and sexist language. It is a classic but I feel very ambivalent about recommending it.
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- Judith

Hard to Read/Listen To Despite Publisher Warning

While I understand that Upfield's books reflect the attitudes and policies in Australia during the period he was writing, I had a difficult time finishing this book.I think the fact that the author seemed to be accepting of the attitudes toward Aborigines, including the feeling that it was okay to kill a black man, was so off putting it made me cringe.
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- Marie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-12-2015
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd