Wings Above the Diamantina : Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte

  • by Arthur W. Upfield
  • Narrated by Peter Hosking
  • Series: Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte
  • 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The discovery of the stolen red monoplane on the dry, flat bottom of Emu Lake meant many things to many people. For Elizabeth Nettlefold, the chance to nurse its strangely ill passenger meant a new purpose in life. For Dr Knowles, brilliant physician and town drunk, it meant the revival of a romantic dream. For a person or persons unknown, it meant a murder plan gone badly awry. And for Detective-Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte, it meant one of the toughest cases of his career.


What the Critics Say

"Arthur Upfield has an extraordinary gift. He has created a character, the half-caste Detective-Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte, who steps alive off the page." (The Times)
"Bony - a unique figure among top-flight detectives." (BBC)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Another Great Bonaparte Mystery!

What made the experience of listening to Wings Above the Diamantina the most enjoyable?

Peter Hosking's narration is, as always, fantastic. He's by far my favorite audiobook narrator! And Upfield's descriptive writing is superb, and his plots and characterization are fun.

What other book might you compare Wings Above the Diamantina to and why?

Swordfish Reef is probably my favorite Napoleon Bonaparte mystery, but this one comes close. It was a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience.

What about Peter Hosking’s performance did you like?

Peter Hosking's performance is stellar. He reads clearly, and his Australian accent lends flavor to these Australian mysteries. He's GREAT with characterization, too.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This was definitely a book I could have listened to in one sitting - unfortunately, life intervenes!

Any additional comments?

Fun book! Would LOVE to see all of Arthur Upfield's mysteries available on Audible, read by Peter Hosking.

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- Mary Corbet

How did I miss this author?!

What made the experience of listening to Wings Above the Diamantina the most enjoyable?

I've read many mysteries set in different parts of the world and in different eras but the Australian outback? I didn't know these existed! Mr. Upfield's character Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte is a half-breed Aborigine/English mix bring the best of both worlds into play. The portrayal of the wilderness, the lives of the people during the time period, and the mysteries the Inspector needs to solve are intriguing and I hate when I have to put it down, I get so wrapped up in the stories.Peter Hosking does an excellent job of narrating this series.

Which character – as performed by Peter Hosking – was your favorite?

Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte - a very interesting man.

Any additional comments?

I would love to have Audible bring more of the Inspector Bonaparte books to life with Peter Hosking narrating. Reading them isn't anywhere near as enjoyable as listening to them! I will be watching for them.

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-27-2013
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd