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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Nothing, the story was just plain boring.
Would you ever listen to anything by Kate Grenville again?
What didn’t you like about Nicholas Bell’s performance?
He has a nice voice, and it made for pleasant listening, but unfortunately there just isn't enough story for him to make it interesting.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Boredom, couldn't even make it thru the book.
Any additional comments?
Not up to Kate Grenville story telling. I enjoyed The Secret River very much and that is why I tried to listen to The Lieutenant.... It is hard to believe the two books were written by the same author.
What did you like best about this story?
Listened to this before a vacation to Australia. Loved hearing the historical fiction and feeling a bit more connected to the area.
Having read Grenville's secret River I wa expecting more of the same with this book, but that was not the case. This book is far more factual and therfeore perhaps a bit dry - however, it is well written with strong characters that are easy to relate to. It describes beautifully the joy and fear from both the Aboriginal people and Rooke as they discover more about each other, and awakening of understanding even without language. Also, the sheer arrogance and stupidity of so called civilised white men as they clumsily attempt to 'help' the indigenous people. The ending seemed a little rushed compared with the pace of the rest of the book and left a few unaswered questions, I would like to have known a liitle more about Rooke's life after Australia and his work with slave emancipation.
This is a novel about communication, friendship, self discovery and the conflict between integrity and duty. It really has been beautifully written.
This may seem a little slow to start but it is well worth persevering as it develops into a truly engaging story that will leave you thinking about man and his ego, but also the wonder that is human diversity.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
what a great story. the true story should be taught in history class in early high school, and this book in English. very well written.